Learning Biblical Hebrew
6/25/09 at 01:36 PM 0 Comments

Amos 5:15 – to hate the evil and to love the good- is it possible ?

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In the scriptures we cam find 2 main ways to serve the lord: firstly, by giving The Lord the sacrifices in every time when you see him in the temple, let us call this the instrument way; secondly, by feeling him in the heart, which was the place of thinking according to the time the scriptures have been written. Certainly, that we can find believers then and today that served The Lord in both of the ways.

Amos way

In the book of Amos we can find the second way as the star the shining, and the first as the fallen star. Amos, who lived in the 8th century B.C.E , and predicted by his prophecies the fall of the northern kingdom, saying in all of his book consistently : do justice, look after the poor people, do not abuse the widow, and when he has to speak about the correct way to serve The Lord he sais to us in chapter 5:15
"שִׂנְאוּ-רָע וְאֶהֱבוּ טוֹב, וְהַצִּיגוּ בַשַּׁעַר מִשְׁפָּט "

"Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate" (King James Version)

Is it possible?

From my point of you, the first two words of Amos are possible but optional, because we can choose that we will focus on the second two words, we can focus in loving, in doing good, and in loving the good and the goodness that The Lord gave us. We will help the widows, we will donate for the poor people, we will not make the trials unjustice- this is the way, my friends, this is the way...

main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew     Transcription   Translation
טוֹב            tôb               good
רַע             Ra'                evil
מִשְׁפָּט        mišpāt           trial
שִׂנְאָה         Śin'āh           hatred
אָהַב           'āhab           loved
עָמוֹס          'āmôs           Amos
קָרְבָּן           qorbān        sacrifice


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