Amos 2:6-7a NRSV. Thus says the Lord; for three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way.
Amos 2:6-8 NRSV
In this passage we see Amos prophesying to Israel about Gods dissatisfaction with them. One of the issues facing the Israelites was the way that the rich were treating the poor. A major trade route passed through Israel, and this flow of goods and money allowed for a wealthy merchant class to form. This wealthy group of people was taking advantage of the poorthey were taking their land from them and turning the poor into serfs. God called Amos, a herdsman and shepherd, to prophesy to Israel about how displeased God was with their treatment of the poor.
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