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Amos 3:1

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Every Effect has its Cause

3:1 Listen, you Israelites, to this message which the Lord is proclaiming against 1  you! This message is for the entire clan I brought up 2  from the land of Egypt:

Amos 3:8

Context

3:8 A lion has roared! 3  Who is not afraid?

The sovereign Lord has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy? 4 

1 tn Or “about.”

2 tn One might expect a third person verb form (“he brought up”), since the Lord apparently refers to himself in the third person in the preceding sentence. This first person form, however, serves to connect this message to the earlier indictment (2:10) and anticipates the words of the following verse.

3 sn The roar of the lion is here a metaphor for impending judgment (see 1:2; cf. 3:4, 12). Verses 7-8 justify Amos’ prophetic ministry and message of warning and judgment. The people should expect a prophetic message prior to divine action.

4 sn Who can refuse to prophesy? When a message is revealed, the prophet must speak, and the news of impending judgment should cause people to fear.



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