Amos 3:8
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New International Version
The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?

New Living Translation
The lion has roared--so who isn't frightened? The Sovereign LORD has spoken--so who can refuse to proclaim his message?

English Standard Version
The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy?”

New American Standard Bible
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

King James Bible
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who will not prophesy?

International Standard Version
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who will not prophesy?

NET Bible
A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? The sovereign LORD has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy?

New Heart English Bible
The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken. Who can but prophesy?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lion has roared. Who isn't afraid? The Almighty LORD has spoken. Who can keep from prophesying?

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lion hath roared, Who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, Who can but prophesy?

New American Standard 1977
A lion has roared! Who will not fear?
            The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

Jubilee Bible 2000
The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who can but prophesy?

King James 2000 Bible
The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who can but prophesy?

American King James Version
The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who can but prophesy?

American Standard Version
The lion hath roared; who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken; who can but prophesy?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lion shall roar, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shall not prophesy?

Darby Bible Translation
The lion hath roared, -- who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken, -- who can but prophesy?

English Revised Version
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Webster's Bible Translation
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

World English Bible
The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord Yahweh has spoken. Who can but prophesy?

Young's Literal Translation
A lion hath roared -- who doth not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken -- who doth not prophesy?
Study Bible
Witnesses against Israel
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? 9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and the oppressions in her midst.…
Cross References
Acts 4:20
For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."

Isaiah 31:4
For thus says the LORD to me, "As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, Against which a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise, So will the LORD of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill."

Jeremiah 20:9
But if I say, "I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name," Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.

Ezekiel 29:21
"On that day I will make a horn sprout for the house of Israel, and I will open your mouth in their midst. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

Amos 1:2
He said, "The LORD roars from Zion And from Jerusalem He utters His voice; And the shepherds' pasture grounds mourn, And the summit of Carmel dries up."

Jonah 1:1
The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying,

Jonah 3:1
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying,
Treasury of Scripture

The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who can but prophesy?

lion.

Amos 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young …

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

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the …

who can.

Amos 2:12 But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, …

Amos 7:12-17 Also Amaziah said to Amos, O you seer, go, flee you away into the …

Job 32:18,19 For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constrains me…

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name…

Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Acts 5:20,29 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life…

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

(8) Roared.--Comp. the imagery of Amos 1:2, and that of Amos 3:4. The voice of the Lord is so audible, so clearly portending the coming judgment, that universal terror inevitably follows. (Comp. "If these should hold their peace, the stones would cry out."

Verse 8. - As the lion's roar forces every one to fear, so the Divine call of the prophet forces him to speak (Jeremiah 20:9; Ezekiel 2:8; 1 Corinthians 9:16, etc.). St. Gregory, moralizing, takes the lion in a spiritual sense: "After the power of his Creator has been made known to him, the strength of his adversary ought not to be concealed from him, in order that he might submit himself the more humbly to his defender, the more accurately he had learned the wickedness of his enemy, and might more ardently seek his Creator, the more terrible he found the enemy to be whom he had to avoid. For it is certain that he who less understands the danger he has escaped, loves his deliverer has; and that he who considers the strength of his adversary to be feeble, regards the solace of his defender as worthless" ('Moral.,' 32:14). Of course, this exposition does not regard the context. The lion hath roared, who will not fear?.... Amos said this from his own experience, who, having been a herdsman in the wilderness of Tekoa, had often heard a lion roar, which had put him into a panic, both for himself, and the cattle he kept; the figure is explained in the next clause:

the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy? whether it be to foretell future events, which the Lord has made known shall come to pass; or to preach the word, which is to prophesy to edification, to exhortation, and comfort, 1 Corinthians 14:3; or to perform the more private exercises of religion, as singing of psalms, praying, &c. 1 Chronicles 25:1; these things who can forbear doing, to whom the Lord has spoken either in a dream or vision, or in his word, and by his Spirit; and to whom he has given a call and commissions, and gifts and graces, qualifying them for such service? who that has the fear of God in his heart, and his glory in view, and the good of others, that can refrain from it? nay, it is of dangerous consequence to refuse it; for if the roaring of a lion is so terrible, and if the wrath of an earthly king is as the roaring of a lion, much more the wrath and displeasure of the King of kings. Jonah declined prophesying when the Lord spoke to him, but what was the consequence of it? the prophet by this seems to justify himself in prophesying, and that he ought not to be blamed for it, seeing the Lord had given him the word, and therefore he ought to publish it. This may be particularly applied to the ministers of the word, who have a call, a charge and gifts from Christ, and on whom there is a necessity laid to preach the Gospel; and who should not shut, to declare it on any account; nor can they, who have it in their hearts, and as fire in their bones; who have seen and heard, and handled of the word of life, let what will be the consequence of it; see Psalm 68:11. 8. As when "the lion roars" (compare Am 1:2; Am 3:4), none can help but "fear," so when Jehovah communicates His awful message, the prophet cannot but prophesy. Find not fault with me for prophesying; I must obey God. In a wider sense true of all believers (Ac 4:20; 5:29).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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