Amos 3:6
New International Version
When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?

New Living Translation
When the ram’s horn blows a warning, shouldn’t the people be alarmed? Does disaster come to a city unless the LORD has planned it?

English Standard Version
Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?

Berean Study Bible
If a ram’s horn sounds in a city, do the people not tremble? If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?

King James Bible
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

New King James Version
If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?

New American Standard Bible
If a trumpet is blown in a city, will the people not tremble? If a disaster occurs in a city, has the LORD not brought it about?

NASB 1995
If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?

NASB 1977
If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?

Amplified Bible
If a trumpet is blown in a city [warning of danger] will not the people tremble? If a disaster or misfortune occurs in a city has not the LORD caused it?

Christian Standard Bible
If a ram’s horn is blown in a city, aren’t people afraid? If a disaster occurs in a city, hasn’t the LORD done it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a ram’s horn is blown in a city, aren’t people afraid? If a disaster occurs in a city, hasn’t the LORD done it?

American Standard Version
Shall the trumpet be blown in a city, and the people not be afraid? shall evil befall a city, and Jehovah hath not done it?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Does a trumpet sound in the city and the people not shake, or is there evil in the city that LORD JEHOVAH has not done?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Shall the trumpet sound in the city, and the people not be alarmed? shall there be evil in a city which the Lord has not wrought?

Contemporary English Version
Isn't the whole city frightened when the trumpet signals an attack? Isn't the LORD the one who brings disaster on a city?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall the trumpet sound in a city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, which the Lord hath not done?

English Revised Version
Shall the trumpet be blown in a city, and the people not be afraid? shalt evil befall a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Good News Translation
Does the war trumpet sound in a city without making the people afraid? Does disaster strike a city unless the LORD sends it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If a ram's horn sounds an alarm in a city, won't the people be alarmed? If there is a disaster in a city, hasn't the LORD done it?

International Standard Version
And when an alarm sounds in the city, the people will tremble, won't they? If there is trouble in a city, the LORD has brought it about, has he not?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall the horn be blown in a city, And the people not tremble? Shall evil befall a city, And the LORD hath not done it?

Literal Standard Version
Is a horn blown in a city, And do people not tremble? Is there affliction in a city, And YHWH has not done [it]?

NET Bible
If an alarm sounds in a city, do people not fear? If disaster overtakes a city, is the LORD not responsible?

New Heart English Bible
Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does disaster happen to a city, unless the LORD has done it?

World English Bible
Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn't done it?

Young's Literal Translation
Is a trumpet blown in a city, And do people not tremble? Is there affliction in a city, And Jehovah hath not done it?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Witnesses Against Israel
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 ram’s horn sounds in a city, do the people not tremble? If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? 7Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.…

Cross References
Isaiah 14:24
The LORD of Hosts has sworn: "Surely, as I have planned, so will it be; as I have purposed, so will it stand.

Isaiah 45:7
I form the light and create the darkness; I bring prosperity and create calamity. I, the LORD, do all these things.

Jeremiah 4:5
Announce in Judah, proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: "Blow the ram's horn throughout the land. Cry aloud and say, 'Assemble yourselves and let us flee to the fortified cities.'

Jeremiah 4:19
My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the pain in my chest! My heart pounds within me; I cannot be silent. For I have heard the sound of the horn, the alarm of battle.

Jeremiah 6:1
"Run for cover, O sons of Benjamin; flee from Jerusalem! Sound the ram's horn in Tekoa; send up a signal over Beth-haccherem, for disaster looms from the north, even great destruction.

Hosea 5:8
Blow the ram's horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah; raise the battle cry in Beth-aven: Lead on, O Benjamin!

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

Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD has not done it?

a trumpet.

Jeremiah 4:5
Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

Jeremiah 6:1
O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

Ezekiel 33:3
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

and the people.

Jeremiah 5:22
Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

Jeremiah 10:7
Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

2 Corinthians 5:11
Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

be afraid.

Genesis 50:20
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Isaiah 14:24-27
The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: …

Isaiah 45:7
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.









(6, 7) Surely the Lord . . .--In this, and the preceding verse, the future tense should be replaced by a present. Render doeth nothing, and in Amos 3:6 is a trumpet sounded . . . are not afraid . . . is there evil; for the prophet intends to express a continually-recurring fact. The word translated "evil" is commonly, but not universally, used for moral evil. (See Genesis 19:19; Genesis 44:34; Exodus 32:14.) "Evil which is sin the Lord hath not done, evil which is punishment for evil the Lord bringeth." (Augustine.) Compare, as illustrations of the truth of Amos 3:7, the revelation of the Divine purpose to Noah with reference to the Deluge, to Abraham with respect to Sodom, to Joseph about the famine in Egypt, and to Moses concerning Pharaoh. The prophets of the Lord have given full warning of the judgment of God upon all sin.

Verse 6. - The prophet must needs speak: shall not his denunciation arouse alarm among the people, as the trumpet suddenly heard in a city excites the terror of the inhabitants (comp. Ezekiel 33:2-5)? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? The "evil" is affliction, calamity, malum poenae. As states have no future, all temporal calamities in their case may rightly be regarded as the punishment of sin. Thus the ruin impending, on Israel was sent by the Lord, whose agent was the enemy now approaching. All phenomena are ascribed in the Bible to Divine operation, no second causes being allowed to interfere with this appropriation (see Job 1; 1 Samuel 18:10; 1 Kings 22:19, etc.; Isaiah 45:7). The verb "do" is often used absolutely, the context defining the result (see note on Haggai 2:4).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

a trumpet
שׁוֹפָר֙ (šō·w·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7782: A cornet, curved horn

sounds
יִתָּקַ֤ע (yit·tā·qa‘)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8628: To clatter, slap, clang, to drive, to become bondsman

in a city,
בְּעִ֔יר (bə·‘îr)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

will the people
וְעָ֖ם (wə·‘ām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

tremble?
יֶחֱרָ֑דוּ (ye·ḥĕ·rā·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2729: To shudder with terror, to fear, to hasten

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

calamity
רָעָה֙ (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

comes
תִּהְיֶ֤ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

to a city,
בְּעִ֔יר (bə·‘îr)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

has not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

the LORD
וַיהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

caused it?
עָשָֽׂה׃ (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make


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