Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so Yahweh, the God of Armies,
will be with you, just as you have said he is. Bible

“just as you have said he is.” The Israelites said God was with them, but He was not: their sin had driven Him away, as we see in Amos. The situation is common when people disobey God: some of the leaders knew God was not with them (it was quite obvious to anyone who knew the Law) but said He was with them in order to “comfort” the people so they could be misled; some of the people were self-deceived and wanted to believe God was with them even though no signs of His presence were around them; some of the people were ignorant and were simply deceived and led astray by what the leaders and false prophets said. But whether a liar, self-deceived, or led astray, the facts were that Israel had abandoned God and would suffer for it.

Commentary for: Amos 5:14