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Amos 5:6


5:6 Seek the Lord so you can live!

Otherwise he will break out 1  like fire against Joseph’s 2  family; 3 

the fire 4  will consume

and no one will be able to quench it and save Bethel. 5 

1 tn Heb “rush.” The verb depicts swift movement.

2 sn Here Joseph (= Ephraim and Manasseh), as the most prominent of the Israelite tribes, represents the entire northern kingdom.

3 tn Heb “house.”

4 tn Heb “it”; the referent (the fire mentioned in the previous line) has been supplied in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Heb “to/for Bethel.” The translation assumes that the preposition indicates advantage, “on behalf of.” Another option is to take the preposition as vocative, “O Bethel.”

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