Amos 5:1
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New International Version
Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:

New Living Translation
Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing:

English Standard Version
Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:

New American Standard Bible
Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel:

King James Bible
Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
Listen to this message that I am singing for you, a lament, house of Israel:

Contemporary English Version
Listen, nation of Israel, to my mournful message:

Good News Translation
Listen, people of Israel, to this funeral song which I sing over you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen to this message that I am singing for you, a lament, house of Israel:

International Standard Version
"Hear this accusation that I am bringing against you: 'A dirge, house of Israel:

NET Bible
Listen to this funeral song I am ready to sing about you, family of Israel:

New Heart English Bible
Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen to this message, this funeral song that I sing about you, nation of Israel:

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear ye this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel:

New American Standard 1977
Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear ye this word, because I raise up a lamentation upon you, O house of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

American King James Version
Hear you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

American Standard Version
Hear ye this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear ye this word, which I take up concerning you for a lamentation. The house of Israel is fallen, and it shall rise no more.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear this word, a lamentation, which I take up against you, O house of Israel.

English Revised Version
Hear ye this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

World English Bible
Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
Hear this word that I am bearing to you, A lamentation, O house of Israel:
Study Bible
A Lament for Israel
1Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel: 2She has fallen, she will not rise again-- The virgin Israel. She lies neglected on her land; There is none to raise her up.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 7:29
Cut off your hair and cast it away, And take up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the LORD has rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'

Jeremiah 9:10
"For the mountains I will take up a weeping and wailing, And for the pastures of the wilderness a dirge, Because they are laid waste so that no one passes through, And the lowing of the cattle is not heard; Both the birds of the sky and the beasts have fled; they are gone.

Jeremiah 9:17
Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; And send for the wailing women, that they may come!

Ezekiel 19:1
"As for you, take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel
Treasury of Scripture

Hear you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

Hear.

Amos 3:1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel…

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, …

I take.

Amos 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, said thus; Wailing …

Jeremiah 7:29 Cut off your hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation …

Jeremiah 9:10,17,20 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the …

Ezekiel 19:1,14 Moreover take you up a lamentation for the princes of Israel…

Ezekiel 26:17 And they shall take up a lamentation for you, and say to you, How …

Ezekiel 27:2,27-32 Now, you son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus…

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation on the king of Tyrus, and say to …

Ezekiel 32:2,16 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and …

Micah 2:4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with …

Verse 1-ch. 6:14. - § 8. Third address: the prophet utters a lamentation over the fall of Israel. (Vers. 1-3.) He calls her to repentance, while he shows wherein she has declined from the right way. To make this plain, he contrasts God's power and majesty with the people's iniquity, instances of which he gives (vers. 4-12). The only condition of safety is amendment (vers. 13-15); and as they refuse to reform, they shall have cause to lament (vers. 16, 17). This threat is enforced by the two emphatic "woes" that follow, the first of which demonstrates the baselessness of their trust in their covenant relation to God (vers. 18-27); the second denounces the careless lives of the chiefs, who, revelling in luxury, believed not in the coming judgment (Amos 6:1-6). Therefore they shall go into captivity, and the kingdom shall be utterly overthrown (vers. 7-11), because they act iniquitously and are self-confident (vers. 12-14). Verse 1. - Hear ye this word. To show the certainty of the judgment and his own feeling about it, the prophet utters his prophecy in the form of a dirge (kinah, 2 Samuel 1:17; 2 Chronicles 35:25). Which I take up against you; or, which I raise over you, as if the end had come. O house of Israel; in the vocative. The Vulgate has, Domus Israel cecidit; so the LXX. But the present Hebrew text is most suitable, making the dirge begin at ver. 2. The ten tribes are addressed as in ver. 6. Hear ye the word which I take up against you,.... And which was not his own word, but the word of the Lord; and which he took up, by his direction as a heavy burden as some prophecies are called, and this was; and which, though against them, a reproof for their sins, and denunciation of punishment for them, yet was to be heard; for every word of God is pure, and to be hearkened to, whether for us or against us; since the whole is profitable, either for doctrine and instruction in righteousness, or for reproof and correction. It may be rendered, "which I take up concerning you", or "over you" (z):

even a lamentation, O house of Israel; a mournful ditty, an elegiac song over the house of Israel, now expiring, and as it were dead. This word was like Ezekiel's roll, in which were written "lamentation, and mourning, and woe", Ezekiel 2:10; full of mournful matter, misery, and distress, as follows:

(z) "de vobis", Tigurine version, Mercerus, Piscator, Cocceius; "super vos", Pagninus, Montanus; "pro vobis", Vatablus. CHAPTER 5

Am 5:1-27. Elegy over the Prostrate Kingdom: Renewed Exhortations to Repentance: God Declares that the Coming Day of Judgment Shall Be Terrible to the Scorners Who Despise It: Ceremonial Services Are Not Acceptable to Him Where True Piety Exists Not: Israel Shall Therefore Be Removed Far Eastward.

1. lamentation—an elegy for the destruction coming on you. Compare Eze 32:2, "take up," namely, as a mournful burden (Eze 19:1; 27:2).5:1-6 The convincing, awakening word must be heard and heeded, as well as words of comfort and peace; for whether we hear or forbear, the word of God shall take effect. The Lord still proclaims mercy to men, but they often expect deliverance from such self-invented forms as make their condemnation sure. While they refuse to come to Christ and to seek mercy in and by him, that they may live, the fire of Divine wrath breaks forth upon them. Men may make an idol of the world, but will find it cannot protect.
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