Why did he say, “Hush?”

Amos 6:10, “And when a relative or one who prepares the bodies picks them up to carry them out of the house, and says to someone in the recesses of the house, ‘Is anyone else with you?’ and he says, ‘No,’ he will say, ‘Hush!’ – not to pronounce the name of the Lord.” Modern English Version


“…and they shall all, to a man, die of the plague, a usual concomitant of war in the East. . . . No nearer relative was left of this man than an uncle . . . Burial was the usual Hebrew mode of disposing of their dead. But in cases of necessity . . . burning was practiced. . . . to prevent contagion. . . . After receiving the reply, that none is left besides the one addressed, when the man outside fancies the man still surviving inside to be on the point, as was customary, of expressing devout gratitude to God who spared him, the man outside interrupts him, ‘Hold thy tongue!’ . . . for thou also must die. . . . Formerly ye boasted in the name of Jehovah, as if ye were His peculiar people; now ye shall be silent and shudder at His name, as hostile to you, and as one from whom ye wish to be hidden.” Critical and Explanatory Commentary, Vol. I

I am grateful that I can cry out to Jesus at any time and I know He will help me. I do not shudder at His name or hide from Him. Instead, I seek Him.

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