Amos 3:11
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New International Version
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "An enemy will overrun your land, pull down your strongholds and plunder your fortresses."

New Living Translation
Therefore," says the Sovereign LORD, "an enemy is coming! He will surround them and shatter their defenses. Then he will plunder all their fortresses."

English Standard Version
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “An adversary shall surround the land and bring down your defenses from you, and your strongholds shall be plundered.”

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "An enemy, even one surrounding the land, Will pull down your strength from you And your citadels will be looted."

King James Bible
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the Lord GOD says: An enemy will surround the land; he will destroy your strongholds and plunder your citadels.

International Standard Version
Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: "An enemy will surround the land. He will pull down your defenses, and plunder your fortified citadels."

NET Bible
Therefore," says the sovereign LORD, "an enemy will encircle the land. He will take away your power; your fortresses will be looted."

New Heart English Bible
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "An adversary will surround the land; and he will pull down your strongholds, and your fortresses will be plundered."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the Almighty LORD says: An enemy will surround your land, strip you of your defenses, and loot your palaces.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: An adversary, even round about the land! And he shall bring down thy strength from thee, And thy palaces shall be spoiled.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD,
            “An enemy, even one surrounding the land,
            Will pull down your strength from you
            And your citadels will be looted.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore thus said the Lord GOD: An adversary there shall be even round about the land, and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even all around the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be plundered.

American King James Version
Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be spoiled.

American Standard Version
Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: An adversary there shall be , even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be plundered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore thus saith the Lord God: The land shall be in tribulation, and shall be compassed about: and thy strength shall be taken away from thee, and thy houses shall be spoiled.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: An adversary! -- even round about the land! And he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be pillaged.

English Revised Version
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: An adversary there shall be, even round about the land: and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even around the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be plundered.

World English Bible
Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: "An adversary will overrun the land; and he will pull down your strongholds, and your fortresses will be plundered."

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: An adversary -- and surrounding the land, And he hath brought down from thee thy strength, And spoiled have been thy palaces.
Study Bible
Witnesses against Israel
10"But they do not know how to do what is right," declares the LORD, "these who hoard up violence and devastation in their citadels." 11Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "An enemy, even one surrounding the land, Will pull down your strength from you And your citadels will be looted." 12Thus says the LORD, "Just as the shepherd snatches from the lion's mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear, So will the sons of Israel dwelling in Samaria be snatched away-- With the corner of a bed and the cover of a couch!…
Cross References
Genesis 34:27
Jacob's sons came upon the slain and looted the city, because they had defiled their sister.

Amos 2:5
"So I will send fire upon Judah And it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem."

Amos 6:8
The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself, the LORD God of hosts has declared: "I loathe the arrogance of Jacob, And detest his citadels; Therefore I will deliver up the city and all it contains."

Amos 6:14
"For behold, I am going to raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel," declares the LORD God of hosts, "And they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath To the brook of the Arabah."
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be spoiled.

An.

Amos 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, …

2 Kings 15:19,29 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave …

2 Kings 17:3-6 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea became …

2 Kings 18:9-11 And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Hezekiah, which was …

Isaiah 7:17-25 The LORD shall bring on you, and on your people, and on your father's …

Isaiah 8:7,8 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up on them the waters of the …

Isaiah 10:5,6,9-11 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my …

Hosea 11:5,6 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, and the Assyrian shall …

and thy.

Amos 3:10,15 For they know not to do right, said the LORD, who store up violence …

Amos 2:5 But I will send a fire on Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

Amos 6:8 The Lord GOD has sworn by himself, said the LORD the God of hosts, …

2 Chronicles 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, …

(11) An adversary.--This rendering is to be preferred to "affliction" (Chald., Syr.). It is the subject of the following verb "bring down," Assyria being referred to, though not in express terms. The reading of LXX., "O Tyre, thy land round about thee is desolate," is incoherent, and confounds Tz?r with tzr.

Thy strength points mainly to the stronghold of Samaria, which the enemy was to bring down or reduce to ruins, but it may likewise include the chief warriors who were to be led away captive.

Verse 11. - An adversary. The Hebrew is forcible, the Lord speaking as though he saw the fee present: "an enemy and around the land." Ewald and Hitzig take tsar as an abstract noun, "distress;" the LXX. and Aquila, pointing it differently, read, Τύρος, but the continuation of the sentence is scarcely to be deemed a translation, κυκλόθεν ἡ γῆ σου ἐρημωθήσεται "Thy land shall be made desolate round about thee" The adversary meant is Shalmaneser, who attacked Israel more than once and besieged Samaria; or his successor, Sargon, who claims to have reduced the city and removed the inhabitants (2 Kings 17 and 2 Kings 18:9, etc.; see Introduction to Micah). Thy strength. All wherein thou trustedst shall be brought down to the ground (Obadiah 1:3). Palaces, in which were stored the fruits of injustice and rapine (ver. 10). Therefore thus saith the Lord God,.... Because of these tumults and riots, oppression and injustice, violence and robbery:

an adversary there shall be even round about the land: not Tyre, as Theodoret renders the word; but the king of Assyria, who invaded the land of Israel in the days of Hoshea, took Samaria, and carried Israel captive, and placed them in foreign countries, 2 Kings 17:6;

and he shall bring down thy strength from thee; take away their riches, demolish their fortresses, and strip them of everything in which they put their confidence:

and thy palaces shall be spoiled; plundered of the treasures laid up in them, and pulled down to the ground; and a just retaliation this for their being the repositories of ill gotten substance and wealth. 11. Translate, "An adversary (the abruptness produces a startling effect)! and that too, from every side of the land." So in the fulfilment, 2Ki 17:5: "The king of Assyria (Shalmaneser) came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years."

bring down thy strength from thee—that is, bring thee down from thy strength (the strength on which thou didst boast thyself): all thy resources (Pr 10:15).

palaces shall be spoiled—a just retribution in kind (Am 3:10). The palaces in which spoils of robbery were stored up, "shall be spoiled."3:9-15 That power which is an instrument of unrighteousness, will justly be brought down and broken. What is got and kept wrongfully, will not be kept long. Some are at ease, but there will come a day of visitation, and in that day, all they are proud of, and put confidence in, shall fail them. God will inquire into the sins of which they have been guilty in their houses, the robbery they have stored up, and the luxury in which they lived. The pomp and pleasantness of men's houses, do not fortify against God's judgments, but make sufferings the more grievous and vexatious. Yet a remnant, according to the election of grace, will be secured by our great and good Shepherd, as from the jaws of destruction, in the worst times.
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