Amos 3:7
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New International Version
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

New Living Translation
Indeed, the Sovereign LORD never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.

English Standard Version
“For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

New American Standard Bible
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.

King James Bible
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.

International Standard Version
"Truly the Lord GOD will do nothing he has mentioned without revealing his purposes to his servants the prophets.

NET Bible
Certainly the sovereign LORD does nothing without first revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, the Almighty LORD doesn't do anything unless he [first] reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because the Lord GOD will do nothing unless he reveals his secret to his slaves the prophets.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets.

American King James Version
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.

American Standard Version
Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except he reveal his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the Lord God doth nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

Darby Bible Translation
But the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

English Revised Version
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret to his servants the prophets.

World English Bible
Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.

Young's Literal Translation
For the Lord Jehovah doth nothing, Except He hath revealed His counsel unto His servants the prophets.
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 7. - This and the following verse apply the foregoing, parables All the evils announced come from the Lord; but he brings none of them on the people without first warning by his prophets (comp. John 13:19; John 14:29). His secret (sod); unrevealed till then. Septuagint, παιδείαν, "instruction;" so the Arabic.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Surely the Lord God will do nothing,.... In the world, in a nation or city; no remarkable event has happened, or shall happen, to the sons of men:

but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets; what he willed and determined to do, which was a secret in his own breast, till revealed; and this generally, and for the most part, he makes known to those that fear and serve him; and especially to whom he employs in public service, as his prophets and ministers, previous to his accomplishment of it: thus he revealed to Noah the drowning of the old world by the flood; to Abraham the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah; and to the same servant and friend of his the affliction of his posterity four hundred years in a strange land, and then to be brought out with great substance; to Abijah the Shilonite the rending of ten tribes from the house of David; to Jeremiah the seventy years' captivity of the Jews in Babylon; to Isaiah their deliverance from thence, through Cyrus by name; to Daniel the four monarchies, the nature, rise, and fall of them; and to John, the disciple of Christ, all the material things that should come to pass, relating to the church and world, from the first times of the Gospel to the second coming of Christ; which that book is a revelation of that bears that name; see Genesis 18:17; and so that grand affair, which God has brought about in the world, the salvation of his people by his Son, which was a secret hid in his heart before the world began, this he revealed to his servants before it was effected; not only the scheme of it, but the author of it, whom he very early gave notice of; and who was spoken of by the mouth of all the prophets, from the beginning of the world; declaring who and what he was, the Son of God; that he should be incarnate, and born of a virgin; when he should appear, and where, and in what part of the world; also in what way and manner he should obtain salvation, by his obedience and sufferings; and all the circumstances relating thereunto are most minutely and exactly declared by him. Yea, God reveals unto his saints in common the secret of his purposes, respecting their election, redemption, and regeneration, which is made known in the effectual calling; and of the blessings of his grace in the covenant, and also of his providences; and of his love, grace, and mercy; and of his Gospel, and the mysteries of it; thus he deals with them as his friends, rather than as his servants; see Psalm 25:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. his secret—namely, His purpose hidden from all, until it is revealed to His prophets (compare Ge 18:17). In a wider sense, God's will is revealed to all who love God, which it is not to the world (Ps 25:14; Joh 15:15; 17:25, 26).

unto his servants—who being servants cannot but obey their Lord in setting forth His purpose (namely, that of judgment against Israel) (Jer 20:9; Eze 9:11). Therefore the fault which the ungodly find with them is groundless (1Ki 18:17). It aggravates Israel's sin, that God is not about to inflict judgment, without having fully warned the people, if haply they might repent.

Amos 3:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Witnesses against Israel
6If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it? 7Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. 8A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?…
Cross References
John 15:15
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

Revelation 10:7
But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets."

Genesis 6:13
So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

Genesis 18:17
Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

Jeremiah 23:22
But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.

Ezekiel 29:21
"On that day I will make a horn grow for the Israelites, and I will open your mouth among them. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

Daniel 2:47
The king said to Daniel, "Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery."

Daniel 9:22
He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.
Treasury of Scripture

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.

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Genesis 6:13 And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for …

Genesis 18:17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

1 Kings 22:19-23 And he said, Hear you therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD …

2 Kings 3:17-20 For thus said the LORD, You shall not see wind, neither shall you …

2 Kings 6:12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, …

2 Kings 22:13,20 Go you, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all …

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Daniel 9:22-27 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am …

Daniel 10:21 But I will show you that which is noted in the scripture of truth: …

Daniel 11:2 And now will I show you the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet …

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

Revelation 1:1,19 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to …

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven…

Revelation 6:1-20:15 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as …

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