Amos 3:8
New International Version
The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?

New Living Translation
The lion has roared— so who isn’t frightened? The Sovereign LORD has spoken— so who can refuse to proclaim his message?

English Standard Version
The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy?”

Berean Study Bible
The lion has roared—who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken—who will not prophesy?

King James Bible
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

New King James Version
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

New American Standard Bible
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can do anything but prophesy?

NASB 1995
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

NASB 1977
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

Amplified Bible
The lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken [to the prophets]! Who can but prophesy?

Christian Standard Bible
A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who will not prophesy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken; who will not prophesy?

American Standard Version
The lion hath roared; who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken; who can but prophesy?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A lion roars, who will not fear? The Lord of Lords speaks, who will not prophesy?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A lion shall roar, and who will not be alarmed? the Lord God has spoken, and who will not prophesy?

Contemporary English Version
Everyone is terrified when a lion roars--and ordinary people become prophets when the LORD God speaks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lion shall roar, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shall not prophesy?

English Revised Version
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Good News Translation
When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign LORD speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The lion has roared. Who isn't afraid? The Almighty LORD has spoken. Who can keep from prophesying?

International Standard Version
A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who will not prophesy?

JPS Tanakh 1917
The lion hath roared, Who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, Who can but prophesy?

Literal Standard Version
A lion has roared—who does not fear? Lord YHWH has spoken—who does not prophesy?

NET Bible
A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? The sovereign LORD has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy?

New Heart English Bible
The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken. Who can but prophesy?

World English Bible
The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord Yahweh has spoken. Who can but prophesy?

Young's Literal Translation
A lion hath roared -- who doth not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken -- who doth not prophesy?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Witnesses Against Israel
7Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. 8The lion has roared— who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken— who will not prophesy? 9Proclaim to the citadels of Ashdod and to the citadels of Egypt: “Assemble on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest in the city and the acts of oppression in her midst.”…

Cross References
Acts 4:20
For we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard."

Isaiah 31:4
For this is what the LORD has said to me: "Like a lion roaring or a young lion over its prey--and though a band of shepherds is called out against it, it is not terrified by their shouting or subdued by their clamor--so the LORD of Hosts will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and its heights.

Jeremiah 20:9
If I say, "I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name," His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones, and I become weary of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.

Ezekiel 29:21
In that day I will cause a horn to sprout for the house of Israel, and I will open your mouth to speak among them. Then they will know that I am the LORD."

Amos 1:2
He said: "The LORD roars from Zion and raises His voice from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the summit of Carmel withers."

Jonah 1:1
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying,

Jonah 3:1
Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:


Treasury of Scripture

The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who can but prophesy?

lion.

Amos 3:4
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?

Amos 1:2
And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

Revelation 5:5
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

who can.

Amos 2:12
But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.

Amos 7:12-17
Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: …

Job 32:18,19
For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me…









(8) Roared.--Comp. the imagery of Amos 1:2, and that of Amos 3:4. The voice of the Lord is so audible, so clearly portending the coming judgment, that universal terror inevitably follows. (Comp. "If these should hold their peace, the stones would cry out."

Verse 8. - As the lion's roar forces every one to fear, so the Divine call of the prophet forces him to speak (Jeremiah 20:9; Ezekiel 2:8; 1 Corinthians 9:16, etc.). St. Gregory, moralizing, takes the lion in a spiritual sense: "After the power of his Creator has been made known to him, the strength of his adversary ought not to be concealed from him, in order that he might submit himself the more humbly to his defender, the more accurately he had learned the wickedness of his enemy, and might more ardently seek his Creator, the more terrible he found the enemy to be whom he had to avoid. For it is certain that he who less understands the danger he has escaped, loves his deliverer has; and that he who considers the strength of his adversary to be feeble, regards the solace of his defender as worthless" ('Moral.,' 32:14). Of course, this exposition does not regard the context.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The lion
אַרְיֵ֥ה (’ar·yêh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 738: A lion

has roared—
שָׁאָ֖ג (šā·’āḡ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7580: To rumble, moan

who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

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

fear?
יִירָ֑א (yî·rā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3372: To fear, to revere, caus, to frighten

The Lord
אֲדֹנָ֤י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 136: The Lord

GOD
יְהוִה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

has spoken—
דִּבֶּ֔ר (dib·ber)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

who
מִ֖י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

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

prophesy?
יִנָּבֵֽא׃ (yin·nā·ḇê)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5012: To prophesy, speak, by inspiration


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