Amos 7:13
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New International Version
Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom."

New Living Translation
Don't bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king's sanctuary and the national place of worship!"

English Standard Version
but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”

New American Standard Bible
"But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence."

King James Bible
But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but don't ever prophesy at Bethel again, for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."

International Standard Version
Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel, because it's the king's sanctuary and a temple of the kingdom."

NET Bible
Don't prophesy at Bethel any longer, for a royal temple and palace are here!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But don't [ever] prophesy again in Bethel, because this is the king's holy place and the king's palace."

Jubilee Bible 2000
but do not prophesy any more in Bethel: for it is the king's sanctuary, and the head of the kingdom.

King James 2000 Bible
But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the king's house.

American King James Version
But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

American Standard Version
but prophesy not again any more at Beth-el; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But prophesy not again any more in Bethel: because it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the house of the kingdom.

Darby Bible Translation
But prophesy not again any more at Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the house of the kingdom.

English Revised Version
but prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house.

Webster's Bible Translation
But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

World English Bible
but don't prophesy again any more at Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house!"

Young's Literal Translation
and at Beth-El do not add to prophesy any more, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the royal house.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:10-17 It is no new thing for the accusers of the brethren, to misrepresent them as enemies to the king and kingdom, as traitors to their prince, and troublers of the land, when they are the best friends to both. Those who make gain their godliness, and are governed by the hopes of wealth and preferment, are ready to think these the most powerful motives with others also. But those who have a warrant from God, like Amos, ought not to fear the face of man. If God, that sent him, had not strengthened him, he could not thus have set his face as a flint. The Lord often chooses the weak and foolish things of the world to confound the wise and mighty. But no fervent prayers, or self-denying labours, can bring proud sinners to bear faithful reproofs and warnings. And all who oppose or despise the Divine word, must expect fatal effects to their souls, unless they repent.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - The king's chapel; i.e. "a sanctuary" (Exodus 25:8; Leviticus 19:30) founded by the king (1 Kings 12:28), not by God. So in truth it had only an earthly sanction, and the prophet of the Lord was out of place there. The king's court; literally, house of the kingdom. "National temple" (Kuenen); "a royal temple, the state church" (Pusey). Not the political, but the religious, capital, the chief seat of the religion appertaining to the nation. Amaziah speaks as a thorough Erastian; as if the human authority were everything, and the Lord, of himself, had no claims on the land.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But prophesy not again any more at Bethel,.... He might prophesy any where, if he did not there, for what the priest cared, that so his honour and interest were not hurt. The reasons he gave were,

for it is the king's chapel; or "sanctuary" (i); where a temple was built for the idol calf, and where the king worshipped it, and attended all other religious service:

and it is the king's court; or "the house of the kingdom" (k); the seat of it, where the king had a royal palace, and sometimes resided here, and kept his court, as well as at Samaria; often coming hither to worship, it being nearer to him than Dan, where the other calf was placed; intimating hereby that the king would never suffer such a troublesome man as he to be so near him; and by prophesying to interrupt him, either in his religious or civil affairs; and therefore advises him by all means to depart, if he had any regard to his life or peace.

(i) "sanctuarium", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Mercerus, Junius & Tremellius. Piscator, Drusius, Cocceius. (k) "et domus regni est", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius; "domus regia", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. prophesy not again—(Am 2:12).

at Beth-el—Amaziah wants to be let alone at least in his own residence.

the king's chapel—Beth-el was preferred by the king to Dan, the other seat of the calf-worship, as being nearer Samaria, the capital, and as hallowed by Jacob of old (Ge 28:16, 19; 35:6, 7). He argues by implication against Amos' presumption, as a private man, in speaking against the worship sanctioned by the king, and that in the very place consecrated to it for the king's own devotions.

king's court—that is, residence: the seat of empire, where the king holds his court, and which thou oughtest to have reverenced. Samaria was the usual king's residence: but for the convenience of attending the calf-worship, a royal palace was at Beth-el also.

Amos 7:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Amaziah Accuses Amos
12Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and there eat bread and there do your prophesying! 13"But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence." 14Then Amos replied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs.…
Cross References
Acts 4:18
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

1 Kings 12:29
One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.

1 Kings 12:32
He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.

Isaiah 30:10
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

Amos 2:12
"But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

Amos 3:14
"On the day I punish Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.

Amos 5:5
do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing."

Amos 7:9
"The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam."

Amos 7:16
Now then, hear the word of the LORD. You say, "'Do not prophesy against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.'
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But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

prophesy.

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

Acts 4:17,18 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straightly …

Acts 5:28,40 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach …

for.

1 Kings 12:29,32 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan…

1 Kings 13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of …

chapel. or, sanctuary. king's court. Heb. house of the kingdom.

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