The prophet Amos, a Judean farmer in the 8th century B.C., denounced the injustice and lavish wealth of Israel in vivid language, bitterly describing decadent opulence, immorality and the smug piety of elites who “trampled the head of the poor into the dust of the earth.” His prophecy makes a great introduction to the Old Testament – for many students, better than Genesis, Exodus or the Ten Commandments – because the LORD’s demand for justice for the poor and oppressed is made so clear. God rescued the Israelites and gave them an Exodus because they were enslaved and oppressed. God did not want them to turn around and do the same thing to someone else. (iconographer unknown)(iconographer unknown)

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