Amos 3:4
New International Version
Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey? Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?

New Living Translation
Does a lion ever roar in a thicket without first finding a victim? Does a young lion growl in its den without first catching its prey?

English Standard Version
Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?

Berean Study Bible
Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl in his den if he has caught nothing?

New American Standard Bible
Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?

King James Bible
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Christian Standard Bible
Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl from its lair unless it has captured something?

Contemporary English Version
Does a lion roar in the forest unless it has caught a victim? Does it growl in its den unless it is eating?

Good News Translation
Does a lion roar in the forest unless he has found a victim? Does a young lion growl in his den unless he has caught something?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl from its lair unless it has captured something?

International Standard Version
Will a lion roar in the forest without having found its prey? Will a young lion cry from its den without having caught anything?

NET Bible
Does a lion roar in the woods if he has not cornered his prey? Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?

New Heart English Bible
Will a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does a lion roar in the forest if it has no prey? Does a young lion growl in its den unless it has caught something?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Will a lion roar in the forest, When he hath no prey? Will a young lion give forth his voice out of his den, If he have taken nothing?

New American Standard 1977
Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he has taken nothing?

King James 2000 Bible
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?

American King James Version
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

American Standard Version
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will a lion roar in the forest, if he have no prey? will the lion's whelp cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing ?

Darby Bible Translation
Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he have taken nothing?

English Revised Version
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Webster's Bible Translation
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he hath taken nothing?

World English Bible
Will a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?

Young's Literal Translation
Roar doth a lion in a forest and prey he hath none? Give out doth a young lion his voice from his habitation, If he hath not caught?
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Witnesses Against Israel
3Can two walk together without an appointment to meet? 4Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl in his den if he has caught nothing? 5Does a bird land in a snare where no bait has been set? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has nothing to catch?…
Cross References
Psalm 104:21
The young lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.

Hosea 5:14
For I am like a lion to Ephraim and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them to pieces and go away. I will carry them off where no one can rescue them.

Hosea 11:10
They will walk after the LORD; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling from the west.

Amos 3:3
Can two walk together without an appointment to meet?

Amos 3:5
Does a bird land in a snare where no bait has been set? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has nothing to catch?

Treasury of Scripture

Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

a lion.

Amos 3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, …

Amos 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from …

Psalm 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he …

cry. Heb. give forth his voice.







Lexicon
Does a lion
אַרְיֵה֙ (’ar·yêh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 738: A lion

roar
הֲיִשְׁאַ֤ג (hă·yiš·’aḡ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7580: To rumble, moan

in the forest
בַּיַּ֔עַר (bay·ya·‘ar)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3293: A copse of bushes, a forest, honey in the comb

when he has no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

prey?
וְטֶ֖רֶף (wə·ṭe·rep̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2964: Something torn, a fragment, a fresh leaf, prey, food

Does a young lion
כְּפִ֤יר (kə·p̄îr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3715: A village, a young lion

growl
הֲיִתֵּ֨ן (hă·yit·tên)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5414: To give, put, set

in his den
מִמְּעֹ֣נָת֔וֹ (mim·mə·‘ō·nā·ṯōw)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4585: An abode, of God, men, animals, a retreat

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

he has caught
לָכָֽד׃ (lā·ḵāḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere

nothing?
בִּלְתִּ֖י (bil·tî)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 1115: A failure of, not, except, without, unless, besides, because not, until
(4) Lion.--The questions suggest that the prey is being seized. This is intimated by the lion's roar, the loud roar of the lion in the forest, the growl of the famished young lions in the den. Aben-Ezra thus interprets; but G. Baur thinks that Caphir distinguishes a "hunting lion" from the beast that growls in his lair. (Comp. Amos 1:2.) Amos, by his graphic representation of the terrifying threat, signifies that nations, and kingdoms, and this family of Israel, are, at the present moment, trembling in the grasp of the great Avenger.

Verse 4. - Will a lion roar, etc.? The lion roars when he has his pray in sight, and is about to spring upon it. So God makes the prophet utter his voice because he is ready to execute vengeance. The second clause expresses the same fact in different terms. The young lion (kephir) is not a whelp, but one able to provide for itself. He growls over the prey which he has in his lair. So Israel lies helpless as the words of God's threatenings strike upon him. 3:1-8 The distinguishing favours of God to us, if they do not restrain from sin, shall not exempt from punishment. They could not expect communion with God, unless they first sought peace with him. Where there is not friendship, there can be no fellowship. God and man cannot walk together, except they are agreed. Unless we seek his glory, we cannot walk with him. Let us not presume on outward privileges, without special, sanctifying grace. The threatenings of the word and providence of God against the sin of man are certain, and certainly show that the judgments of God are at hand. Nor will God remove the affliction he has sent, till it has done its work. The evil of sin is from ourselves, it is our own doing; but the evil of trouble is from God, and is his doing, whoever are the instruments. This should engage us patiently to bear public troubles, and to study to answer God's meaning in them. The whole of the passage shows that natural evil, or troubles, and not moral evil, or sin, is here meant. The warning given to a careless world will increase its condemnation another day. Oh the amazing stupidity of an unbelieving world, that will not be wrought upon by the terrors of the Lord, and that despise his mercies!
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