Amos 4:2
New International Version
The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: “The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.

New Living Translation
The Sovereign LORD has sworn this by his holiness: “The time will come when you will be led away with hooks in your noses. Every last one of you will be dragged away like a fish on a hook!

English Standard Version
The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness that, behold, the days are coming upon you, when they shall take you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishhooks.

Berean Study Bible
The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days are coming when you will be taken away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

King James Bible
The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

New King James Version
The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days shall come upon you When He will take you away with fishhooks, And your posterity with fishhooks.

New American Standard Bible
The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness, “For behold, the days are coming upon you When they will take you away with meat hooks, And the last of you with fish hooks.

NASB 1995
The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness, “Behold, the days are coming upon you When they will take you away with meat hooks, And the last of you with fish hooks.

NASB 1977
The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness, “Behold, the days are coming upon you When they will take you away with meat hooks, And the last of you with fish hooks.

Amplified Bible
The Lord GOD has sworn [an oath] by His holiness That, “Behold, the days are coming upon you When they shall take you away with meat hooks, And the last of you with fish hooks.

Christian Standard Bible
The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness: Look, the days are coming when you will be taken away with hooks, every last one of you with fishhooks.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: Look, the days are coming when you will be taken away with hooks, every last one of you with fishhooks.

American Standard Version
The Lord Jehovah hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that they shall take you away with hooks, and your residue with fish-hooks.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Lord of Lords has sworn in his holiness: ”Behold, days are coming upon you and they shall take you away with weapons and the last of you in a cauldron of prey

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Lord swears by his holiness, that, behold, the days come upon you, when they shall take you with weapons, and fiery destroyers shall cast those with you into boiling caldrons.

Contemporary English Version
I, the LORD God, have sworn by my own name that your time is coming. Not one of you will be left--you will be taken away by sharp hooks.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness, that lo, the days shall come upon you, when they shall lift you up on pikes, and what shall remain of you in boiling pots.

English Revised Version
The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that they shall take you away with hooks, and your residue with fish hooks.

Good News Translation
As the Sovereign LORD is holy, he has promised, "The days will come when they will drag you away with hooks; every one of you will be like a fish on a hook.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Almighty LORD has taken an oath on his holiness: Surely, the time is going to come when you will be taken away on hooks, and the rest of you on fishhooks.

International Standard Version
The Lord GOD has taken a sacred oath: "The day is coming when they will take you away on fishhooks, every last one of you on fishhooks.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The Lord GOD hath sworn by His holiness: Lo, surely the days shall come upon you, That ye shall be taken away with hooks, And your residue with fish-hooks.

Literal Standard Version
Lord YHWH has sworn by His holiness, “Behold, days are coming on you, And He has taken you away with hooks, And your posterity with fish-hooks.

NET Bible
The sovereign LORD confirms this oath by his own holy character: "Certainly the time is approaching when you will be carried away in baskets, every last one of you in fishermen's pots.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD has sworn by his holiness: "Look, the days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks.

World English Bible
The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that behold, "The days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks.

Young's Literal Translation
Sworn hath the Lord Jehovah by His holiness, That lo, days are coming upon you, And he hath taken you away with hooks, And your posterity with fish-hooks.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Punishment Brings No Repentance
1Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring us more to drink.” 2The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: “Behold, the days are coming when you will be taken away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks. 3You will go out through broken walls, each one straight ahead of her, and you will be cast out toward Harmon,” declares the LORD.…

Cross References
Psalm 89:35
Once and for all I have sworn by My holiness--I will not lie to David--

Isaiah 37:29
Because your rage and arrogance against Me have reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth; I will send you back the way you came.'

Jeremiah 16:16
But for now I will send for many fishermen, declares the LORD, and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill, even from the clefts of the rocks.

Ezekiel 29:4
But I will put hooks in your jaws and cause the fish of your streams to cling to your scales. I will haul you up out of your rivers, and all the fish of your streams will cling to your scales.

Ezekiel 38:4
I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws, and bring you out with all your army--your horses, your horsemen in full armor, and a great company armed with shields and bucklers, all brandishing their swords.

Amos 6:8
The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself--the LORD, the God of Hosts, has declared: "I abhor Jacob's pride and detest his citadels, so I will deliver up the city and everything in it."

Amos 8:7
The LORD has sworn by the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget any of their deeds.


Treasury of Scripture

The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness, that, see, the days shall come on you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

hath sworn.

Amos 6:8
The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

See on

Psalm 89:35
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

he will.

Isaiah 37:29
Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

Jeremiah 16:16
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Ezekiel 39:4,5
Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured…









(2) Fishhooks.--Descriptive of the suddenness and irresistible character of the seizure, whereby, as a punishment for their wanton selfishness, the nobles were to be carried away as captives from their condition of fancied security. The strangeness of the imagery has led to a variety of interpretations. D?derlein translates "ye shall be driven into thorny districts, and among thorn bushes."

Verse 2. - By his holiness. God swears by his holiness, which cannot tolerate iniquity, and which they had profaned (Amos 2:7; comp. Amos 6:8). That he will take you away. "That one, or they, shall take you away;" the enemy, the instrument of God's vengeance, is meant. With hooks; tsinnoth; Septuagint, ἐν ὅπλοις: Vulgate, in contis. The translation, "with hooks," is correct, the idea being that the people shall be utterly helpless and taken for destruction, like fish caught with hooks (Jeremiah 16:16; Habakkuk 1:15). Your posterity; acharith (Amos 9:1); better, your residue, those who have not been destroyed previously. The Septuagint and the Vulgate give quite a different notion to the passage. The former (according to the Vatican manuscript) has, Καὶ τοὺς μεθ ὑμῶν εἰς λέβητας ὑποκαιομένους ἐμβαλοῦσιν ἔμπυροι λοιμοί, "And fiery destroyers shall cast those with you into boiling caldrons;" the latter, Et levabunt vos in contis, et reliquias vestras in ollis ferventibus. (For the explanation of these versions, which arise from mistakes in the meanings of ambiguous words, see Schegg and Kuabenbauer.)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
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 3069: YHWH

has sworn
נִשְׁבַּ֨ע (niš·ba‘)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7650: To seven oneself, swear

by His holiness:
בְּקָדְשׁ֔וֹ (bə·qā·ḏə·šōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6944: A sacred place, thing, sanctity

“Behold,
הִנֵּ֥ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

the days
יָמִ֖ים (yā·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3117: A day

are coming
בָּאִ֣ים (bā·’îm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

when you will be taken away
וְנִשָּׂ֤א (wə·niś·śā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

with hooks,
בְּצִנּ֔וֹת (bə·ṣin·nō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 6793: A hook, a, shield, cold

and your posterity
וְאַחֲרִיתְכֶ֖ן (wə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯə·ḵen)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | second person feminine plural
Strong's 319: The last, end, the future, posterity

with
בְּסִיר֥וֹת (bə·sî·rō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 5518: A pot, a thorn, a hook

fishhooks.
דּוּגָֽה׃ (dū·ḡāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1729: Fishery, a hook for, fishing


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