Amos 3:5
New International Version
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?

New Living Translation
Does a bird ever get caught in a trap that has no bait? Does a trap spring shut when there's nothing to catch?

English Standard Version
Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when it has taken nothing?

Berean Study Bible
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?

New American Standard Bible
Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?

King James Bible
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

Christian Standard Bible
Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there is no bait for it? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has caught nothing?

Contemporary English Version
How can anyone catch a bird without using a net? Does a trap spring shut unless something is caught?

Good News Translation
Does a bird get caught in a trap if the trap has not been baited? Does a trap spring unless something sets it off?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there is no bait for it? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has caught nothing?

International Standard Version
Does a bird fall into a snare on the ground without any bait in the trap? Will a trap snap shut when there is nothing to catch?

NET Bible
Does a bird swoop down into a trap on the ground if there is no bait? Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has surely caught something?

New Heart English Bible
Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth, where no snare is set for him? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when there is nothing to catch?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there's no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has caught something?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Will a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, Where there is no lure for it? Will a snare spring up from the ground, And have taken nothing at all?

New American Standard 1977
Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth without a fowler? Shall the snare rise up from the earth and have taken nothing at all?

King James 2000 Bible
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no trap is for it? shall one take up a snare from the earth, having taken nothing at all?

American King James Version
Can a bird fall in a snare on the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

American Standard Version
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is'set for him? shall a snare spring up from the ground, and have taken nothing at all?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Will a bird fall on the earth without a fowler? will a snare be taken up from the earth without having taken anything?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will the bird fall into the snare upon the earth, if there be no fowler? Shall the snare be taken up from the earth, before it hath taken somewhat ?

Darby Bible Translation
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth when no gin [is laid] for him? Will the snare spring up from the earth when nothing at all hath been taken?

English Revised Version
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is set for him? shall a snare spring up from the ground, and have taken nothing at all?

Webster's Bible Translation
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

World English Bible
Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth, where no snare is set for him? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when there is nothing to catch?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth a bird fall into a snare of the earth, And there is no gin for it? Doth a snare go up from the ground, And prey it captureth not?
Study Bible
Witnesses Against Israel
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? 6If a trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not tremble? If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?…
Cross References
Psalm 140:5
The proud hide a snare for me; the cords of their net are spread along the path, and lures are set out for me. Selah

Amos 3:4
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?

Amos 3:6
If a trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not tremble? If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?

Treasury of Scripture

Can a bird fall in a snare on the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Jeremiah 31:28
And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.

Daniel 9:14
Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.







Lexicon
Does a bird
צִפּוֹר֙ (ṣip·pō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6833: A little bird

land
הֲתִפֹּ֤ל (hă·ṯip·pōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

in
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a snare
פַּ֣ח (paḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6341: A, sheet, a spring net

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

bait [has been set]?
וּמוֹקֵ֖שׁ (ū·mō·w·qêš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4170: A bait or lure, a snare

Does a trap
פַּח֙ (paḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6341: A, sheet, a spring net

spring
הֲיַֽעֲלֶה־ (hă·ya·‘ă·leh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively

from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

the ground
הָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה (hā·’ă·ḏā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 127: Ground, land

when it has
וְלָכ֖וֹד (wə·lā·ḵō·wḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere

nothing
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

to catch?
יִלְכּֽוֹד׃ (yil·kō·wḏ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3920: To catch, to capture, occupy, to choose, to cohere
(5) Can a bird.--Better, Does the snare rise up from the ground, and take nothing at all?" E.V. "take up" is due to ambiguity of the Hebrew. The idea is that Israel "like a silly dove" is falling into snares. The snare, even now, may be seen springing from the earth. The armies and politics of the nation that will enclose Israel are already in motion.

Verse 5. - The thought here is that the punishment is deserved as well as certain. A bird is not caught unless a trap is set for it. The trap which the sinner sets for himself is sin. Can a bird fall in a snare (pach) upon the earth, where no gin (moqesh) is for him? i.e. is set for him? The "gin" is a net with a stick for a spring, which flew up when touched, carrying part of the net with it, and thus the bird was enclosed and caught (see Kitto, 'Cyclop.,' s.v. "Fowling," 2:36). The LXX. probably read yoqesh, as they translate, ἄνευ ἐξευτοῦ, "without a fowler." So the Vulgate, absque aucupe. The second clause should be, Shall a snare (pach) spring up from the ground without taking anything? The snare, or trap stick, would not rise if it had not caught something. The sin is there, and the sinners shall surely not escape. When God appoints retributive punishments for the guilty, and announces the same by his prophets, they may be expected with absolute certainty. 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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