Amos 6:13
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New International Version
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, "Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?"

New Living Translation
And you brag about your conquest of Lo-debar. You boast, "Didn't we take Karnaim by our own strength?"

English Standard Version
you who rejoice in Lo-debar, who say, “Have we not by our own strength captured Karnaim for ourselves?”

New American Standard Bible
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?"

King James Bible
Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you who rejoice over Lo-debar and say, "Didn't we capture Karnaim for ourselves by our own strength?"

International Standard Version
You rejoice in nothing worth mentioning— that is, you keep on saying, 'We captured Karnaim by our own strength of will and by our own effort, didn't we?'

NET Bible
You are happy because you conquered Lo-Debar. You say, "Did we not conquer Karnaim by our own power?"

New Heart English Bible
you who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Haven't we taken for ourselves horns by our own strength?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who rejoice over Lo Debar and who say, "We were strong enough to capture Karnaim by ourselves."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, That say: 'Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?'

New American Standard 1977
You who rejoice in Lodebar,
            And say, “Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye who rejoice in a thing of nought, who say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

King James 2000 Bible
You rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, Have we not taken to us authority by our own strength?

American King James Version
You which rejoice in a thing of nothing, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

American Standard Version
ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, that say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that rejoice in a thing of nought: you that say: Have we not taken unto us horns by our own strength?

Darby Bible Translation
ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, that say, have We not taken to us power by our own strength?

English Revised Version
ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye who rejoice in a thing of naught, who say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

World English Bible
you who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Haven't we taken for ourselves horns by our own strength?'

Young's Literal Translation
O ye who are rejoicing at nothing, Who are saying, 'Have we not by our strength taken to ourselves horns?'
Study Bible
The Pride of Israel
12Do horses run on rocks? Or does one plow them with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood, 13You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?" 14"For behold, I am going to raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel," declares the LORD God of hosts, "And they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath To the brook of the Arabah."…
Cross References
Luke 12:19
Then I will say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!"'

Luke 12:20
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?'

Job 8:14
Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider's web.

Job 8:15
"He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.

Psalm 2:2
The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

Psalm 75:4
"I said to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' And to the wicked, 'Do not lift up the horn;

Psalm 75:5
Do not lift up your horn on high, Do not speak with insolent pride.'"

Isaiah 28:14
Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, O scoffers, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,

Isaiah 28:15
Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception."

Zechariah 1:19
So I said to the angel who was speaking with me, "What are these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem."
Treasury of Scripture

You which rejoice in a thing of nothing, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

which.

Exodus 32:18,19 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, …

Judges 9:19,20,27 If you then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with …

Judges 16:23-25 Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer …

1 Samuel 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, …

Job 31:25,29 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much…

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth; and let your heart cheer you …

Isaiah 8:6 For as much as this people refuses the waters of Shiloah that go …

Jeremiah 9:23 Thus said the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither …

Jeremiah 50:11 Because you were glad, because you rejoiced, O you destroyers of …

Jonah 4:6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, …

Habakkuk 1:15,16 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their …

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein …

Luke 12:19,20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

James 4:16 But now you rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

Revelation 11:10 And they that dwell on the earth shall rejoice over them, and make …

Have.

2 Kings 13:25 And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad …

2 Kings 14:12-14,25 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every …

2 Chronicles 28:6-8 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty …

Isaiah 7:1,4 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son …

Isaiah 17:3,4 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from …

Isaiah 28:14,15 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

(13) A thing of nought refers to the calf-worship, the idol that Israel is glorying and trusting in, the idolatrous travesty of the Eternal that they call "the excellency of Jacob." (Comp. Amos 6:8, and Amos 8:7.)

Taken to us horns--i.e., instruments of resistance and aggression, the horn being symbolic of strength (Jeremiah 48:25; Psalm 75:10; Psalm 89:17; Psalm 92:10; 1Samuel 2:10). The sacred historian takes quite a different view of the success of Jeroboam II. (2Kings 14:26-27). These boasters reckoned the success of arms as due to their own ingenuity or "power." (Comp. the language put into the mouth of Pharaoh by Ezekiel 29:3 : "My river is my own: I made it for myself.")

Verse 13. - In a thing of nought; a nothing - a thing which does not really exist, viz. your prosperity and power. Horns; symbols of strength (Deuteronomy 33:17; 1 Kings 22:11); the idea being derived from the wild bull, the strongest animal of their fauna. Their boast was a consequence of the successful wars with the Syrians (2 Kings 14:25-28). The prophet proceeds to demolish their proud vaunt. Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought,.... In their wealth and riches, which are things that are not, because of the uncertainty of them; and, in comparison of true riches, have no solidity and substance in them, Proverbs 23:5; or in any of the things of this world, the lusts of it, the honours of it, human wisdom or strength; all are things of nought, of no worth, give no satisfaction, and are of no continuance, and not to be gloried in, Jeremiah 9:23; or in their idols, for an idol is nothing in the world, 1 Corinthians 8:4; and yet they rejoiced in them, Acts 7:41; or in their own works of righteousness, as men of a pharisaical temper do, as these people were; these indeed are something, when done in obedience to the will of God, and according to that, and from right principles, and in the exercise of faith and love, and with a view to the glory of God, and as they are evidences of true grace, and profitable to men, and tend to glorify God, and serve the interest of religion; but they are things of nought, and not to be rejoiced and gloried in, in the business of justification before God, and in the affair of salvation: the same may be said of a mere outward profession of religion depended on, and all external rites and ceremonies, or submission to outward ordinances, whether legal or evangelical. The phrase may be rendered, "in that which is no word" (i); is not the word of God, nor according to it; indeed everything short of Christ and his righteousness, and salvation by him, are things of nought, and not to be rejoiced in, Philippians 3:3;

which say, have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? by which we have pushed our enemies, got victory over them, and obtained power, dominion, and authority; all which horns are an emblem of. So Sanchoniatho (k) says, Astarte put upon her own head a bull's head, as an ensign of royalty, or a mark of sovereignty; by which, as Bishop Cumberland (l) thinks, is plainly meant the bull's horns, since it is certain that a horn, in the eastern languages, is an emblem or expression noting royal power, as in 1 Samuel 2:10; and in other places; see Daniel 7:24; thus the kings of Egypt wore horns, as Diodorus relates; and perhaps for the same reason the Egyptians adorned Isis with horns (m). And all this they ascribed not to God, but to themselves. The Targum interprets "horns" by riches; but it rather signifies victory (n), and power and government, which they took to themselves, and imputed to their own strength, valour, and courage: very probably here is an allusion to their ensigns, banners, shields, or helmets, on which horns might be figured or engraven, being the arms of Ephraim, the son of Joseph, the chief of the ten tribes, who are here spoken of Ephraim is often put for the ten tribes, or the kingdom of Israel; and Joseph, whose son he was, "his glory was like the firstling of a bullock, and his horns" are said to be like "the horns of unicorns: with them", it is promised, "he shall push the people together, to the ends of the earth, and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh", Deuteronomy 33:17; and it may be, as the lion seems to be the ensign of the tribe of Judah, to which he is by Jacob compared; so the ox or the unicorn might be the ensign of the tribe of Ephraim: and so the ancient Jews, as Aben Ezra on Numbers 2:2; observes, say, that the form of a man was on the standard of Reuben; and the form of a lion on the standard of Judah; and the form of an ox on the standard of Ephraim, &c. and others (o) of them say that the standard of Joseph was dyed very black, and was figured for the two princes of Ephraim and Manasseh; upon the standard of Ephraim was figured an ox, because "the firstling of a bullock"; and on the standard of Manasseh was figured an unicorn, because "his horns are like the horns of unicorns". Now the Israelites, or those of the ten tribes, at the head of which Ephraim was, set up their banners, not in the name of the Lord, but in their own strength; and attributed their conquests and dominions to their own conduct and courage, the horns of their own strength, and not to God (p). And this also is the language of such persons, who ascribe regeneration and conversion, faith, repentance, the cleansing of a man's heart, and the reformation of his life, yea, his whole salvation, to the power and strength of his free will, when man has no strength at all to effect any of these things; these are all vain boasts, and very disagreeable and offensive to the Lord; and for such like things persons stand here reproved by him, and threatened with woes; for woe must be here supplied from Amos 6:1.

(i) "in non verbo", Montanus. (k) Apud Euseb. Evangel. Prepar. l. 2. p. 38. (l) Sanchoniatho's History, p. 35. (m) Vid. Pignorii Mensa Isiaca, p. 30. (n) "Vieimus, et domitum pedibus calcamus amorem, Venerunt capiti cornua sera meo". Ovid. Amor. l. 3. Eleg. 10. (o) Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 2. fol. 178. 3.((p) Vid. Lydium de Re Militari, l. 4. c. 4. p. 164. 13. rejoice in a thing of naught—that is, in your vain and fleeting riches.

Have we not taken to us horns—that is, acquired power, so as to conquer our neighbors (2Ki 14:25). Horns are the Hebrew symbol of power, being the instrument of strength in many animals (Ps 75:10).6:8-14 How dreadful, how miserable, is the case of those whose eternal ruin the Lord himself has sworn; for he can execute his purpose, and none can alter it! Those hearts are wretchedly hardened that will not be brought to mention God's name, and to worship him, when the hand of God is gone out against them, when sickness and death are in their families. Those that will not be tilled as fields, shall be abandoned as rocks. When our services of God are soured with sin, his providences will justly be made bitter to us. Men should take warning not to harden their hearts, for those who walk in pride, God will destroy.
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