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Amos 6:8


6:8 The sovereign Lord confirms this oath by his very own life. 1 

The Lord, the God who commands armies, is speaking:

“I despise Jacob’s arrogance;

I hate their 2  fortresses.

I will hand over to their enemies 3  the city of Samaria 4  and everything in it.”

1 tn Heb “swears by his life”; or “swears by himself.”

2 tn Heb “his,” referring to Jacob, which stands here for the nation of Israel.

3 tn The words “to their enemies” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

4 tn Heb “the city”; this probably refers to the city of Samaria (cf. 6:1), which in turn, by metonymy, represents the entire northern kingdom.

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