Amos 3:2
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New International Version
"You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins."

New Living Translation
"From among all the families on the earth, I have been intimate with you alone. That is why I must punish you for all your sins."

English Standard Version
“You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Berean Study Bible
“You only have I known from all the clans of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

New American Standard Bible
"You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."

King James Bible
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Christian Standard Bible
I have known only you out of all the clans of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Contemporary English Version
Of all nations on earth, you are the only one I have chosen. That's why I will punish you because of your sins.

Good News Translation
"Of all the nations on earth, you are the only one I have known and cared for. That is what makes your sins so terrible, and that is why I must punish you for them."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have known only you out of all the clans of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.

International Standard Version
You alone have I known from among all of the families of mankind; therefore I will hold you accountable for all your iniquities.'"

NET Bible
"I have chosen you alone from all the clans of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all your sins."

New Heart English Bible
"You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all of your sins."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Out of all the families on earth, I have known no one else but you. That is why I am going to punish you for all your sins.

JPS Tanakh 1917
You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.

New American Standard 1977
“You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth; Therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore, I will visit all your iniquities against you.

King James 2000 Bible
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

American King James Version
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

American Standard Version
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities.

Darby Bible Translation
You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities.

English Revised Version
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.

Webster's Bible Translation
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

World English Bible
"You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all of your sins."

Young's Literal Translation
Only you I have known of all families of the land, Therefore I charge on you all your iniquities.
Study Bible
Witnesses Against Israel
1Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the entire clan that I brought up out of Egypt: 2“You only have I known from all the clans of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3Can two walk together without an appointment to meet?…
Cross References
Romans 2:9
There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil, first for the Jew, then for the Greek;

1 Corinthians 8:3
But the one who loves God is known by God.

1 Peter 4:17
For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

Genesis 18:19
For I have chosen him, so that he will command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, in order that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has promised."

Exodus 19:5
Now if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, you will be My treasured possession out of all the nations--for the whole earth is Mine.

Exodus 19:6
And unto Me you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you are to speak to the Israelites."

Deuteronomy 4:32
Indeed, ask now from one end of the heavens to the other about the days that long preceded you, from the day that God created man on earth: Has anything as great as this ever happened or been reported?

Deuteronomy 7:6
For you are a people holy unto the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be as a people for His prized possession, above all peoples on the face of the earth.

Jeremiah 14:10
This is what the LORD says about this people: "Truly they love to wander; they have not restrained their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; He will now remember their guilt and call their sins to account."

Ezekiel 5:9
Because of all your abominations, I will do to you what I have never done before and will never do again.

Ezekiel 9:6
Slaughter the old men, the young men and maidens, the women and children, but do not go near anyone who has the mark. Now begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were before the temple.

Ezekiel 20:36
Just as I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares of the Lord GOD.

Daniel 9:12
You have carried out the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us a great disaster. For under all of heaven, nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem.

Hosea 5:3
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me. For now, O Ephraim, you have turned to prostitution; Israel is defiled.

Amos 2:4
This is what the LORD says: "For three transgressions of Judah, even four, I will not revoke My judgment, because they have rejected the law of the LORD and have not kept His statutes; they have been led astray by the lies in which their forefathers walked.

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together without an appointment to meet?

Amos 6:1
Woe to those at ease in Zion and those secure on Mount Samaria, the distinguished ones of the foremost nation, to whom the house of Israel comes.

Micah 2:3
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "I am planning against this nation a disaster from which you cannot free your necks. Then you will not walk so proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.

Treasury of Scripture

You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

only.

Exodus 19:5,6 Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, …

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are an holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God …

Deuteronomy 10:15 Only the LORD had a delight in your fathers to love them, and he …

Deuteronomy 26:18 And the LORD has avouched you this day to be his peculiar people, …

Deuteronomy 32:9 For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

Psalm 147:19 He shows his word to Jacob, his statutes and his judgments to Israel.

Isaiah 63:19 We are yours: you never bore rule over them; they were not called by your name.

all.

Genesis 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, …

Jeremiah 1:15 For, see, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, …

Jeremiah 10:25 Pour out your fury on the heathen that know you not, and on the families …

Nahum 3:4 Because of the multitude of the prostitutions of the well favored …

Zechariah 14:17,18 And it shall be, that whoever will not come up of all the families …

Acts 17:26 And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all …

therefore.

Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and …

Ezekiel 20:36-38 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land …

Daniel 9:12 And he has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against …

Matthew 11:20-24 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works …

Luke 12:47,48 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

Romans 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man that does evil, of …

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

punish. Heb. visit upon.

Jeremiah 9:25 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will punish all them …

Jeremiah 11:22 Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: …

Jeremiah 13:21 What will you say when he shall punish you? for you have taught them …

Hosea 2:13 And I will visit on her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense …

Hosea 8:13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of my offerings, and eat …

Hosea 9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: …

(2) Known.--The knowledge of God is love. There was special knowledge and intimacy between God and Israel. Upon such knowledge followed advantages and privileges innumerable.

Therefore I will . . .--This may mean, in proportion to your privileges will be your doom--but more probably that this intimacy of knowledge is the ground of gracious chastisement. For nation or man to be allowed to go on in sin without rebuke is the greatest curse that can befall it or him.

Verse 2. - Have I known; i.e. loved, acknowledged, chosen. So in Hosea 13:5 God says. "I knew thee in the wilderness;" and St. Paul (2 Timothy 2:19), "The Lord knoweth them that are his" (comp. Nahum 1:7). The peculiar relation in which God allowed Israel to stand to him is much dwelt upon (see Deuteronomy 4:8, 20; Deuteronomy 14:2; 2 Samuel 7:23; 1 Chronicles 17:21). Therefore I will punish you; literally, visit upon you. They must not presume upon their privileges; the retention of God's favour depended upon obedience to his Word (Exodus 19:5): the nearer they were brought to God, the greater their guilt if they fell from him. Unlike the nations denounced in the former chapters, Israel had sinned against light and knowledge and love, therefore the sentence on her must be heavier (comp. Ezekiel 9:6; Luke 12:47; 1 Peter 4:17). You only have I known of all the families of the earth,.... All the families or nations of the earth, and all the inhabitants of it, are known by the Lord, as he is the omniscient God; but none had been known by him as a family, or a nation, with that love and affection as this family had been, or distinguished by his favours and blessings as they, not only temporal, but spiritual; besides the land of Canaan, and all the good things in it, they had the law of the Lord, his word, worship, and ordinances, among them; he chose them for himself above all people, and gave peculiar marks of his affection to them, and special instances of his goodness, and of his care over them, and concern for them; see Deuteronomy 4:6;

therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities; or "visit upon you" (c); or "against you"; in a way of chastisement and correction; they were a family he had highly favoured, and yet departed from him; children he had brought up in a tender manner, and brought out of a most miserable condition, and yet rebelled against him; he had followed and loaded them with his benefits, and they had proved ungrateful to him; he had given them a revelation of his mind and will, and they had rejected it, and therefore knowing, and not doing it, were worthy of more stripes; their sins were more aggravated than others, being against goodness and mercy, light and knowledge; and therefore the Lord was determined to make an example of them; see 1 Peter 4:17.

(c) "visitabo super vos", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "visito", i.e. "visitare soleo", Mercerus; "super vobis", Cocceius; "contra vos", Piscator. 2. You only have I known—that is, acknowledged as My people, and treated with peculiar favor (Ex 19:5; De 4:20). Compare the use of "know," Ps 1:6; 144:3; Joh 10:14; 2Ti 2:19.

therefore I will punish—the greater the privileges, the heavier the punishment for the abuse of them; for to the other offenses there is added, in this case, ingratitude. When God's people do not glorify Him, He glorifies Himself by punishing them.3:1-8 The distinguishing favours of God to us, if they do not restrain from sin, shall not exempt from punishment. They could not expect communion with God, unless they first sought peace with him. Where there is not friendship, there can be no fellowship. God and man cannot walk together, except they are agreed. Unless we seek his glory, we cannot walk with him. Let us not presume on outward privileges, without special, sanctifying grace. The threatenings of the word and providence of God against the sin of man are certain, and certainly show that the judgments of God are at hand. Nor will God remove the affliction he has sent, till it has done its work. The evil of sin is from ourselves, it is our own doing; but the evil of trouble is from God, and is his doing, whoever are the instruments. This should engage us patiently to bear public troubles, and to study to answer God's meaning in them. The whole of the passage shows that natural evil, or troubles, and not moral evil, or sin, is here meant. The warning given to a careless world will increase its condemnation another day. Oh the amazing stupidity of an unbelieving world, that will not be wrought upon by the terrors of the Lord, and that despise his mercies!
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