But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
What does God really want from His people? The people of Amos’ day had a show of celebrating religious festivals and sacrificing to God and singing religious songs (Amos 5:21-23). But instead of the religious hypocrisy described in these verses, God wants to see an abundance of true justice and right living.
In an agricultural society in an arid part of the world, water and mighty streams were powerful symbols of life and blessings. God did not just want an intermittent trickle of justice and right living, but a continuously flowing river.
Learn more about hypocrisy compared to true righteousness in the article “The Pharisee and the Tax Collector.”