Amos 9:2
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New International Version
Though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens above, from there I will bring them down.

New Living Translation
"Even if they dig down to the place of the dead, I will reach down and pull them up. Even if they climb up into the heavens, I will bring them down.

English Standard Version
“If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.

New American Standard Bible
"Though they dig into Sheol, From there will My hand take them; And though they ascend to heaven, From there will I bring them down.

King James Bible
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If they dig down to Sheol, from there My hand will take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.

International Standard Version
"Even if they burrow into Sheol, from there my hand will find them. Even if they ascend to the heavens, from there I will bring them down.

NET Bible
Even if they could dig down into the netherworld, my hand would pull them up from there. Even if they could climb up to heaven, I would drag them down from there.

New Heart English Bible
Though they dig into Sheol, there my hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, there I will bring them down.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Even if they dig their way into Sheol, my hand will take them from there. Even if they go up to heaven, I will bring them down from there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though they dig into the nether-world, Thence shall My hand take them; And though they climb up to heaven, Thence will I bring them down.

New American Standard 1977
“Though they dig into Sheol,
            From there shall My hand take them;
            And though they ascend to heaven,
            From there will I bring them down.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Though they dig unto Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down;

King James 2000 Bible
Though they dig into sheol, there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, there will I bring them down:

American King James Version
Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, there will I bring them down:

American Standard Version
Though they dig into Sheol, thence shall my hand take them; and though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Though they go down even to hell, thence shall my hand bring them out: and though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down.

Darby Bible Translation
Though they dig into Sheol, thence shall my hand take them; and though they climb up to the heavens, thence will I bring them down;

English Revised Version
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; and though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down.

Webster's Bible Translation
Though they dig into the place of the dead, thence shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

World English Bible
Though they dig into Sheol, there my hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, there I will bring them down.

Young's Literal Translation
If they dig through into sheol, From thence doth My hand take them, And if they go up the heavens, From thence I cause them to come down.
Study Bible
The Destruction of Israel
1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said, "Smite the capitals so that the thresholds will shake, And break them on the heads of them all! Then I will slay the rest of them with the sword; They will not have a fugitive who will flee, Or a refugee who will escape. 2"Though they dig into Sheol, From there will My hand take them; And though they ascend to heaven, From there will I bring them down. 3"Though they hide on the summit of Carmel, I will search them out and take them from there; And though they conceal themselves from My sight on the floor of the sea, From there I will command the serpent and it will bite them.…
Cross References
Job 34:22
"There is no darkness or deep shadow Where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Psalm 139:8
If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.

Jeremiah 49:16
"As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle's, I will bring you down from there," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 51:53
"Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens, And though she should fortify her lofty stronghold, From Me destroyers will come to her," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 26:20
then I will bring you down with those who go down to the pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lower parts of the earth, like the ancient waste places, with those who go down to the pit, so that you will not be inhabited; but I will set glory in the land of the living.

Ezekiel 31:14
so that all the trees by the waters may not be exalted in their stature, nor set their top among the clouds, nor their well-watered mighty ones stand erect in their height. For they have all been given over to death, to the earth beneath, among the sons of men, with those who go down to the pit."

Obadiah 1:4
"Though you build high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, there will I bring them down:

Though. All these energetic expressions were intended to shew the utter impossibility of escape.

dig.

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Psalm 139:7-10 Where shall I go from your spirit? or where shall I flee from your presence…

Isaiah 2:19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves …

climb.

Job 20:6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds;

Isaiah 14:13-16 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will …

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, …

Jeremiah 51:53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify …

Ezekiel 28:13-16 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was …

Obadiah 1:4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest …

Luke 10:18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

(2) Dig.--For this expression break should be substituted. "Hell," or rather, Hades (Shel), the dark abode of the gathered dead, is contrasted with "heaven," the abode of light. Escape from the universal Lord is impossible.

Verse 2. - The thought of ver. 1 is further expanded, the notion of flight being, as Jerome says, dissected. For dig, the LXX. reads, "be hidden;" but the expression implies a breaking through (Ezekiel 8:8). Hell (Sheol) is supposed to be in the inmost part of the earth (comp. Psalm 139:7, 8; Obadiah 1:4). Take them. To receive punishment. Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them,.... That is, they that endeavour to make their escape from their enemies, though they seek for places of the greatest secrecy and privacy; not hell, the place of the damned; nor the grave, the repository of the dead; neither of which they chose to he in, but rather sought to escape them; but the deepest and darkest caverns, the utmost recesses of the earth, the very centre of it; which, could they get into, would not secure them from the power and providence of God, and from their enemies in pursuit of them, by his permission:

though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down; the summit of the highest mountains, and get as near to heaven, and at as great a distance from men, as can be, and yet all in vain. The Targum is,

"if they think to be hid as it were in hell, from thence their enemies shall take them by my word; and if they ascend the high mountains, to the top of heaven, thence will I bring them;''

see Psalm 139:8. 2. Though they dig into hell—though they hide ever so deeply in the earth (Ps 139:8).

though they climb up to heaven—though they ascend the greatest heights (Job 20:6, 7; Jer 51:53; Ob 4).9:1-10 The prophet, in vision, saw the Lord standing upon the idolatrous altar at Bethel. Wherever sinners flee from God's justice, it will overtake them. Those whom God brings to heaven by his grace, shall never be cast down; but those who seek to climb thither by vain confidence in themselves, will be cast down and filled with shame. That which makes escape impossible and ruin sure, is, that God will set his eyes upon them for evil, not for good. Wretched must those be on whom the Lord looks for evil, and not for good. The Lord would scatter the Jews, and visit them with calamities, as the corn is shaken in a sieve; but he would save some from among them. The astonishing preservation of the Jews as a distinct people, seems here foretold. If professors make themselves like the world, God will level them with the world. The sinners who thus flatter themselves, shall find that their profession will not protect them.
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