RE Verse reading–Amos 4:1-5, 5:1-24 (day five) “Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil” (5:13) One of the worst effects of Israel’s moral decline was the pressure it put on good people to be silent. With corrupt courts ( vs 12) and public opinion working against them, prudent people were choosing to “not rock the boat”. There is a touch of scorn in Amos’ description of “the prudent”. Theirs was a freedom he did not have. The person who is over-careful of his skin or reputation will hold his tongue. Becoming accustomed to corruption, he will lose the courage to challenge or rebuke. The brave man, the one who learns his thoughts from the Lord and judges all things by an eternal standard will not. No matter the outcome. “The Lord has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” Amos says in explanation of his boldness. (3:8) An “evil time” is no excuse. May the Lord make us as faithful.