Keep Silent for the time is evil

Amos 5:13       Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.

The “time” may be either the time of the unyielding of the wicked, or that of the common punishment.  For a time may be called “evil,” whether evil is done, or is suffered in it, as Jacob says, “Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been” Genesis 47:9.  Of the first, he would perhaps say, that the oppressed poor would, if wise, be silent, not complaining or accusing, for, injustice having the mastery, complaint would only bring on them fresh sufferings.  And again also he may mean that, on account of the hardness of the people, the wise and the prophets would be silent, because the more the people were rebuked, the more impatient and worse they became.  So our Lord was silent before His judges, as had been foretold of Him, for since they would not hear, His speaking would only increase their condemnation.  “If I tell you, ye will not believe; and if I also ask you, ye will not answer Me, nor let Me go” Luke 22:67-68.

So God said by Solomon: “He that reproves a scorner gets himself shame, and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot” Proverbs 9:7. And our Lord bids, “Give not that which is holy unto dogs, and cast not your pearls before swine” Matthew 7:6.  They hated and rejected those who rebuked them. Matthew 7:10. Since then rebuke profited not, the prophets should hold their peace.  It is a fearful judgment, when God withholds His warnings. In times of punishment also the prudent keep silence. Intense affliction is “dumb and opens not its month,” owning the hand of God. It may be too, that Amos, like Hosea Hosea 4:4, Hosea 4:17, expresses the uselessness of all reproof, in regard to the most of those whom be called to repentance, even while he continued earnestly to rebuke them.

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