Understanding the Scriptures
|Kine of Bashan (v. 1)||Literally, cows of an area very rich in vegetation; symbolically, wealthy women who care only for themselves|
|Beth-el, Gilgal (v. 4)||Places of worship that had become corrupted|
|Leaven (v. 5)||Yeast (Offering leavened bread with burnt offerings was forbidden.)|
|Proclaim and publish the free offerings (v. 5)||A comment about Israel’s righteousness since they liked the outward show of religion but did not want to be obedient to God’s commandments|
|For this liketh you (v. 5)||You like to do this|
|Cleanness of teeth, want of bread (v. 6)||Famine|
|Blasting and mildew (v. 9)||Diseases that destroy crops|
|Pestilence (v. 10)||A terrible disease|
|Firebrand (v. 11)||Burning stick|
Amos 4:2—How Would the Lord Take Away His People with “Hooks” and “Fishhooks”?
The Assyrians were known for putting hooks through the lips, noses, or cheeks of their enemies and linking them to one another with a chain. Linking captives made them easy to guard and “herd” away to captivity.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Amos 4.
How Would This Work?
In Amos 4:6–11, the Lord explained what He had done to persuade Israel to return to Him. Make a list of what He said.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 122:7–8 and think of some difficult times you have experienced. How can a trial become a blessing?