Amos 3:4
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New International Version
Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey? Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?

New Living Translation
Does a lion ever roar in a thicket without first finding a victim? Does a young lion growl in its den without first catching its prey?

English Standard Version
Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?

New American Standard Bible
Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?

King James Bible
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl from its lair unless it has captured something?

International Standard Version
Will a lion roar in the forest without having found its prey? Will a young lion cry from its den without having caught anything?

NET Bible
Does a lion roar in the woods if he has not cornered his prey? Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does a lion roar in the forest if it has no prey? Does a young lion growl in its den unless it has caught something?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he has taken nothing?

King James 2000 Bible
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?

American King James Version
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

American Standard Version
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will a lion roar in the forest, if he have no prey? will the lion's whelp cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing ?

Darby Bible Translation
Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he have taken nothing?

English Revised Version
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Webster's Bible Translation
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he hath taken nothing?

World English Bible
Will a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?

Young's Literal Translation
Roar doth a lion in a forest and prey he hath none? Give out doth a young lion his voice from his habitation, If he hath not caught?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Will a lion roar, etc.? The lion roars when he has his pray in sight, and is about to spring upon it. So God makes the prophet utter his voice because he is ready to execute vengeance. The second clause expresses the same fact in different terms. The young lion (kephir) is not a whelp, but one able to provide for itself. He growls over the prey which he has in his lair. So Israel lies helpless as the words of God's threatenings strike upon him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey?.... He will not, unless he has it in his sight, or in his paws; he roars when he first sees it, whereby he terrifies the creature, that it cannot move till he comes up to it; and when he has got it in his paws, he roars over it, to invite others to partake with him. Now prophecy from the Lord is compared to the roaring of a lion, Amos 1:2; and this is never in a way of judgment without a cause; the sin of men, or of a nation, which makes them a prey to the wrath and fury of God;

will a young lion cry, or "give forth his voice";

out of his den, if he have taken nothing? that is, if the old lion has taken nothing, and brought nothing unto him; which signifies the same as before; unless by the young lion is meant the prophets of the Lord, who never prophesy but when they have a commission from him, and a people are pointed out to them as the just prey of his wrath and vengeance. All the images here used are very natural; the lion is for the most part in woods and forests, hence called the "lion out of the forest", Jeremiah 5:6; as he is by Theocritus (d); where his voice is heard, but not unless he is in sight of his prey, or has got it, even though ever so hungry; but when he has it in view, he roars so terribly, that, as Basil (e) observes, many animals that could escape him through their swiftness, yet are so frightened at his roaring, that they have no power to move; and they have their dens either in caves or in thickets, where are the she lioness and the young lions, to whom the prey is brought; see Nahum 2:11.

(d) , Theocrit. Idyll. 1.((e) In Hexaemeron, Homil. 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. The same idea as in Mt 24:28. Where a corrupt nation is, there God's instruments of punishment are sure also to be. The lion roars loudly only when he has prey in sight.

Will a young lion cry out … if he—the "lion," not the "young lion."

have taken nothing?—The young lion just weaned lies silent, until the old lion brings the prey near; then the scent rouses him. So, the prophet would not speak against Israel, if God did not reveal to him Israel's sins as requiring punishment.

Amos 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Witnesses against Israel
3Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment? 4Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something? 5Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?…
Cross References
Psalm 104:21
The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.

Hosea 5:14
For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.

Hosea 11:10
They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.

Amos 3:3
Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?

Amos 3:5
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
Treasury of Scripture

Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

a lion.

Amos 3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, …

Amos 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from …

Psalm 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he …

cry. Heb. give forth his voice.

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