You who turn justice into wormwooda
and cast down righteousness to the ground, Bible
wormwood was used figuratively for bitterness.

“You who turn justice into wormwood.” “Wormwood” is the name of a perennial plant that bears yellow flowers and was used to flavor water even though it made the water bitter (Prov. 5:4; Lam. 3:15). Here in Amos 5:7, evil people turn good to evil. In this case, although they had the power to do good, evil people perverted justice and made people’s lives bitter. In contrast, God turns darkness to light (Amos 5:8). God’s people imitate God, and work to make people’s lives better.

Commentary for: Amos 5:7