Amos 6:5
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New International Version
You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.

New Living Translation
You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.

English Standard Version
who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music,

New American Standard Bible
Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves,

King James Bible
That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They improvise songs to the sound of the harp and invent their own musical instruments like David.

International Standard Version
chanting to the sound of stringed instruments as if they were David, composing songs to themselves as if they were musicians,

NET Bible
They sing to the tune of stringed instruments; like David they invent musical instruments.

New Heart English Bible
who strum on the strings of a harp; who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who make up songs as they strum a harp. Like David, they write all kinds of songs for themselves.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That thrum on the psaltery, That devise for themselves instruments of music, like David;

New American Standard 1977
Who improvise to the sound of the harp,
            And like David have composed songs for themselves,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that chant to the sound of the flute and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

King James 2000 Bible
That chant to the sound of the harp, and invent for yourselves instruments of music, like David;

American King James Version
That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

American Standard Version
that sing idle songs to the sound of the viol; that invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that sing to the sound of the psaltery: they have thought themselves to have instruments of music like David;

Darby Bible Translation
that chant to the sound of the lute, [and] invent them instruments of music, like David;

English Revised Version
that sing idle songs to the sound of the viol; that devise for themselves instruments of music, like David;

Webster's Bible Translation
That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

World English Bible
who strum on the strings of a harp; who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;

Young's Literal Translation
Who are taking part according to the psaltery, Like David they invented for themselves instruments of music;
Study Bible
Woe to the Complacent in Zion
4Those who recline on beds of ivory And sprawl on their couches, And eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall, 5Who improvise to the sound of the harp, And like David have composed songs for themselves, 6Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils, Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 15:16
Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

1 Chronicles 23:5
and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising the LORD with the instruments which David made for giving praise.

Isaiah 5:12
Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands.

Ezekiel 26:13
"So I will silence the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps will be heard no more.

Amos 8:3
"The songs of the palace will turn to wailing in that day," declares the Lord GOD. "Many will be the corpses; in every place they will cast them forth in silence."
Treasury of Scripture

That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;

chant. or, quaver. to the.

Genesis 31:27 Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and did not …

Job 21:11,12 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance…

Ecclesiastes 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of …

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

Revelation 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, …

like.

Amos 5:23 Take you away from me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear …

Amos 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, said the …

1 Chronicles 23:5 Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the …

(5) Chant.--The original Hebrew only occurs in this passage, and is best rendered prattle, or jabber. The comparison with David is ironical He made these instruments to please the Lord, these princes to please themselves.

Verse 5. - That chant. The word parat (ἅπαξ λεγόμενον) means rather "to prattle," "to sing idle songs," as the Revised Version translates it. The reading of the Septuagint varies between ἐπικρατοῦντες. "excelling," and ἐπικροτοῦντες, the latter of which words might mean "applauding." Viol (see note on Amos 5:23). Invent to themselves instruments of music, like David. As David devised stringed instruments and modes of singing to do honour to God and for the service of his sanctuary (see 1 Chronicles 15:16, etc.; 1 Chronicles 23:5; 2 Chronicles 29:26, 27; and the supernumerary psalm at the end of the Psalter in the Septuagint), so these debauchees invented new singing and playing to grace their luxurious feasts. The Septuagint rendering, which Jerome calls "sensus pulcherrimus," is not to be explained by the present Hebrew text, however true to fact it may be considered, Ὡς ἑστηκότα ἐλογίσαντο καὶ οὐχ ὡς φεύγοντα. "Regarded them as abiding and not as fleeting things." That chant to the sound of the viol,.... Or psaltery; an instrument of twelve cords, and that gave twelve sounds, as Josephus (x) says, being stricken with the fingers; and to these sounds these men chanted or quivered, made like sounds with their voice, which they raised higher or lower, according to the sound of the instrument: they "particularized", as the word signifies (y); or observed the divisions and distinctions of notes and sounds, by the modulation of their voice:

and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David: not content with old ones, such as were used in former times, they invented new instruments and new tunes, and new songs to sing to them; as David made songs and invented several instruments of music to sing them upon and to, in religious worship, and for the praise and glory of God; so these men invented new ones to indulge their carnal mirth and jollity, in which they thought themselves to be justified by the example of David.

(x) Antiqu. l. 7. c. 19. sect. 3.((y) "particularizantes", Montanus; "qui particularia habent cantica", Pagninus; "qui particulatim canunt", Vatablus, Mercerus; "variis modulationibus concinunt", Tigurine version. 5. chant—literally, "mark distinct sounds and tones."

viol—the lyre, or lute.

invent … instruments … like David—They fancy they equal David in musical skill (1Ch 23:5; Ne 12:36). They defend their luxurious passion for music by his example: forgetting that he pursued this study when at peace and free from danger, and that for the praise of God; but they pursue for their own self-gratification, and that when God is angry and ruin is imminent.6:1-7 Those are looked upon as doing well for themselves, who do well for their bodies; but we are here told what their ease is, and what their woe is. Here is a description of the pride, security, and sensuality, for which God would reckon. Careless sinners are every where in danger; but those at ease in Zion, who are stupid, vainly confident, and abusing their privileges, are in the greatest danger. Yet many fancy themselves the people of God, who are living in sin, and in conformity to the world. But the examples of others' ruin forbid us to be secure. Those who are set upon their pleasures are commonly careless of the troubles of others, but this is great offence to God. Those who placed their happiness in the pleasures of sense, and set their hearts upon them, shall be deprived of those pleasures. Those who try to put the evil day far from them, find it nearest to them.
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