The section of Amos which runs from 5:1 to 5:17 is both the smallest and the central, pivotal, section of the book.
Like the book as a whole, it is arranged chiastically:
5:1-3 Funeral songs
5:4-6 Seek me and live
5:7 Justice grounded
5:8 Hymnic fragment
"Adonai is his name!"
5:9 Hymnic fragment
5:10-13 Justice silenced
5:14-15 "Seek good... that you may live"
5:16-17 Funeral songs
With its hints of possible salvation in vv. 4-6 and 14-15, its summary accusations and judgments and its center in praise of the creator: "Adonai is his name!" this section provides a suitable pivot for the larger chiastic structure of the book.
This page is part of the Hypertext Bible Commentary - Amos,
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