Amos 3:6-10

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Lexical notes

Verse 6

  • Evil. The KJV of this verse appears problematic because its rendering suggests that God has caused the evil in the city. The JST retains the word "evil" but emends the word done to known. Most other translations render the word evil as calamity or disaster, thus the Lord is not the cause of the evil, but the cause of the destruction which comes upon the people (presumably as a result of their evil acts).

Verse 7

  • Nothing The word translated here as "nothing" is from the Hebrew dabar which means both "word" and "thing". In Old English, thing originally meant an assembly, meeting, or council.
  • Secret The word translated here as "secret" is the Hebrew cowd, which refers to a council or assembly.

Exegesis

Verse 6

The trumpet in this verse seems analogous to the voice of warning that Amos is declaring. The people should be afraid because the prophet is raising a warning voice, and the Lord's judgment against Israel is why the prophet is declaring this warning.

Verse 7

This verse states that the LORD will not do/make/prepare any word/thing without revealing/uncovering/showing his council/assembly to or with his prophets. The NIV translation renders this verse as "Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets." This is a reference to the Divine Assembly/Council in Heaven, which may be seen as more than a one-time meeting, but the ongoing business/doing/counseling/relating of the LORD.

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