Amos 5:9
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New International Version
With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin.

New Living Translation
With blinding speed and power he destroys the strong, crushing all their defenses.

English Standard Version
who makes destruction flash forth against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

New American Standard Bible
It is He who flashes forth with destruction upon the strong, So that destruction comes upon the fortress.

King James Bible
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He brings destruction on the strong, and it falls on the stronghold.

International Standard Version
It is he who is raining sudden destruction upon the strong like lightning, so that ruin comes upon the fortress.

NET Bible
He flashes destruction down upon the strong so that destruction overwhelms the fortified places.)

New Heart English Bible
who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He destroys strongholds and ruins fortresses.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That causeth destruction to flash upon the strong, So that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

New American Standard 1977
It is He who flashes forth with destruction upon the strong,
            So that destruction comes upon the fortress.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that strengthens the spoiler against the strong, so that the spoiler shall come against the fortress.

King James 2000 Bible
That strengthens the plundered against the strong, so that the plundered shall come against the fortress.

American King James Version
That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

American Standard Version
that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that with a smile bringeth destruction upon the strong, and waste upon the mighty.

Darby Bible Translation
He causeth destruction to break forth suddenly upon the strong, and bringeth destruction upon the fortress.

English Revised Version
that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

Webster's Bible Translation
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

World English Bible
who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is brightening up the spoiled against the strong, And the spoiled against a fortress cometh.
Study Bible
A Call to Repentance
8He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name. 9It is He who flashes forth with destruction upon the strong, So that destruction comes upon the fortress. 10They hate him who reproves in the gate, And they abhor him who speaks with integrity.…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:5
But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust, And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away; And it will happen instantly, suddenly.

Amos 2:14
"Flight will perish from the swift, And the stalwart will not strengthen his power, Nor the mighty man save his life.

Micah 5:11
"I will also cut off the cities of your land And tear down all your fortifications.
Treasury of Scripture

That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

strengtheneth.

2 Kings 13:17,25 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha …

Jeremiah 37:10 For though you had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight …

Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out …

spoiled. Heb. spoil.

(9) That strengthened.--The rendering should be who causeth desolation to gleam upon the strong (who were priding themselves on their immunity), so that desolation cometh on the stronghold.

Verse 9. - That strengtheneth, etc. Translate, That causeth destruction to flash forth upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress. The idea is that God, as with a lightning flash, smites the strongest man, and no fortress is a refuge from him. Septuagint, Ὁ διαιρῶν συντριμμὸν ἐπὶ ἰσχύν, "Who divideth destruction unto strength." The Vulgate, taking the Hebrew verb balag in the sense of lighting up the countenance, renders, Qui subridet vastitatem super robustum, which means that the Lord smiles while he brings desolation on the mighty - a figurative expression denoting his anger at man's pride, and the ease with which he punishes. We may add that Rosenmuller agrees with the Authorized Version in the first clause: "Who strengtheneth the weak against the strong, and giveth the plunderers power over the fortresses of the strong." That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong,.... Such as have been taken by an enemy, who have been stripped of their armour, and spoiled of all their goods and substance, and have no friends nor allies, nor anything to help themselves with; the Lord can supply them with strength, furnish them with weapons, and send them helpers, so that they shall rise up against their conquerors and spoilers, and in their turn subdue them. The Targum is,

"that strengthens the weak against the strong;''

or causes the weak to prevail over the strong. A learned man, from the use of the word in the Arabic language, chooses to render it, "who intends", or "designs, destruction to the strong" (d); that is, in his secret purposes, and which he brings about in providence; though he is doubtful whether it may not have the signification of recreation and refreshment, and whether the construction and circumstances will admit of it; and some do so translate it, "who refreshes himself with destruction against the strong" (e); takes delight and pleasure in it; it is a recreation to him:

so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress: lay siege to it and take it, in which the spoiler thought himself secure with the spoil and substance he had taken from the spoiled; such sudden changes and vicissitudes can God bring upon men when he pleases. Some apply this to the Romans strengthened against the Jews, and besieging their fortified city Jerusalem; but not very aptly.

(d) "qui intendit destinat destructionem forti", Hottinger, Smegma Orientale, l. 1. c. 7. p. 129. (e) "Qui recreat se vastatione contra fortem sive robustum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Tarnovius. So Stockius, p. 136. 9. strengtheneth the spoiled—literally, "spoil" or "devastation": hence the "person spoiled." Winer, Maurer, and the best modern critics translate, "maketh devastation (or destruction) suddenly to arise," literally, "maketh it to gleam forth like the dawn." Ancient versions support English Version. The Hebrew is elsewhere used, to make, to shine, to make glad: and as English Version here (Ps 39:13), "recover strength."

the spoiled shall come—"devastation," or "destruction shall come upon" [Maurer]. English Version expresses that, strong as Israel fancies herself after the successes of Jeroboam II (2Ki 14:25), even the weakest can be made by God to prevail against the strong.5:7-17 The same almighty power can, for repenting sinners, easily turn affliction and sorrow into prosperity and joy, and as easily turn the prosperity of daring sinners into utter darkness. Evil times will not bear plain dealing; that is, evil men will not. And these men were evil men indeed, when wise and good men thought it in vain even to speak to them. Those who will seek and love that which is good, may help to save the land from ruin. It behoves us to plead God's spiritual promises, to beseech him to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us. The Lord is ever ready to be gracious to the souls that seek him; and then piety and every duty will be attended to. But as for sinful Israel, God's judgments had often passed by them, now they shall pass through them.
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