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Amos 8:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [yea], and sell the refuse of the wheat?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So as to buy the helpless for money And the needy for a pair of sandals, And [that] we may sell the refuse of the wheat?”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; and even sell the refuse of the wheat?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; and that we may sell the refuse of the wheat.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Who buy—for silver—the poor, and the needy for a pair of shoes,—and that the refuse of the grain we may sell.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— To purchase with money the poor, And the needy for a pair of sandals, Yea, the refuse of the pure corn we sell.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That we may possess the needy for money, and the poor for a pair of shoes, and may sell the refuse of the corn?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— That wee may buy the poore for siluer, & the needie for a paire of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheate?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for shoes; and we will trade in every kind of fruit.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [yea], and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
That we may buy 7069
{7069} Prime
A primitive root; to erect, that is, create; by extension to procure, especially by purchase (causatively sell); by implication to own.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
the poor 1800
{1800} Prime
From H1809; properly dangling, that is, (by implication) weak or thin.
for silver, 3701
{3701} Prime
From H3700; silver (from its pale color); by implication money.
and the needy 34
{0034} Prime
From H0014, in the sense of want (especially in feeling); destitute.
for x5668
(5668) Complement
Passive participle of H5674; properly crossed, that is, (abstractly) transit; used only adverbially on account of, in order that.
a pair of shoes; 5275
{5275} Prime
From H5274; properly a sandal tongue; by extension a sandal or slipper (sometimes as a symbol of occupancy, a refusal to marry, or of something valueless).
[yea], and sell 7666
{7666} Prime
Denominative from H7668; to deal in grain.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
the refuse 4651
{4651} Prime
From H5307; a falling off, that is, chaff; also something pendulous, that is, a flap.
of the wheat? 1250
{1250} Prime
From H1305 (in the sense of winnowing); grain of any kind (even while standing in the field); by extension the open country.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Amos 8:6

_ _ buy ... poor for silver ... pair of shoes — that is, that we may compel the needy for money, or any other thing of however little worth, to sell themselves to us as bondmen, in defiance of Leviticus 25:39; the very thing which brings down God’s judgment (Amos 2:6).

_ _ sell the refuse of ... wheat — which contains no nutriment, but which the poor eat at a low price, being unable to pay for flour.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Amos 8:4-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Amos 8:6

That we may buy — They would have new moons and sabbaths over, that they might go to market to buy the poor. And when these poor owed but for a very little commodity, as suppose a pair of shoes, these merciless men would take the advantage against them, and make them sell themselves to pay the debt. The refuse — This was another kind of oppression, corrupted wares, sold to those that were necessitous.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
Amos 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
Leviticus 25:39-42 And if thy brother [that dwelleth] by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: ... For they [are] my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen.
Nehemiah 5:1-5 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. ... Yet now our flesh [is] as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and [some] of our daughters are brought unto bondage [already]: neither [is it] in our power [to redeem them]; for other men have our lands and vineyards.
Nehemiah 5:8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing [to answer].
Joel 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
Joel 3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
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Lv 25:39. Ne 5:1, 8. Jol 3:3, 6. Am 2:6; 8:4.

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