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Amos 4:6-7

Context

4:6 “But surely I gave 1  you no food to eat in any of your cities;

you lacked food everywhere you live. 2 

Still you did not come back to me.”

The Lord is speaking!

4:7 “I withheld rain from you three months before the harvest. 3 

I gave rain to one city, but not to another.

One field 4  would get rain, but the field that received no rain dried up.

1 tn The Hebrew construction is emphatic (pronoun + verb). It underscores the stark contrast between the judgments that the Lord had been sending with the God of blessing Israel was celebrating in its worship (4:4-5).

2 tn Heb “But I gave to you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of food in all your places.” The phrase “cleanness of teeth” is a vivid way of picturing the famine Israel experienced.

3 sn Rain…three months before the harvest refers to the rains of late March-early April.

4 tn Heb “portion”; KJV, ASV “piece”; NASB “part.” The same word occurs a second time later in this verse.



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