Amos 5:20
New International Version
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light— pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

New Living Translation
Yes, the day of the LORD will be dark and hopeless, without a ray of joy or hope.

English Standard Version
Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

Berean Study Bible
Will not the Day of the LORD be darkness and not light, even gloom with no brightness in it?

King James Bible
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

New King James Version
Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?

New American Standard Bible
Will the day of the LORD not be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it?

NASB 1995
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it?

NASB 1977
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it?

Amplified Bible
Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, instead of light, Even very dark with no brightness in it?

Christian Standard Bible
Won’t the day of the LORD be darkness rather than light, even gloom without any brightness in it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Won’t the Day of the LORD be darkness rather than light, even gloom without any brightness in it?

American Standard Version
Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way the day of LORD JEHOVAH is dark and not light; it is clouded over and there is no brightness in it

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light? and is not this day gloom without brightness?

Contemporary English Version
The day when the LORD judges will be dark, very dark, without a ray of light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light: and obscurity, and no brightness in it?

English Revised Version
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Good News Translation
The day of the LORD will bring darkness and not light; it will be a day of gloom, without any brightness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The day of the LORD brings darkness and not light. It is pitch black, with no light.

International Standard Version
Will not the Day of the LORD be darkness, and not light— pitch black at that, without a ray of sunshine?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Literal Standard Version
Is not the Day of YHWH darkness and not light, Even thick darkness that has no brightness?

NET Bible
Don't you realize the LORD's day of judgment will bring darkness, not light--gloomy blackness, not bright light?

New Heart English Bible
Won't the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

World English Bible
Won't the day of Yahweh be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Young's Literal Translation
Is not the day of Jehovah darkness and not light, Even thick darkness that hath no brightness?

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Day of the LORD
19It will be like a man who flees from a lion, only to encounter a bear, or who enters his house and rests his hand against the wall, only to be bitten by a snake. 20Will not the Day of the LORD be darkness and not light, even gloom with no brightness in it? 21“I hate, I despise your feasts! I cannot stand the stench of your solemn assemblies.…

Cross References
Matthew 24:29
Immediately after the tribulation of those days: 'The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.'

Isaiah 8:22
Then they will look to the earth and see only distress and darkness and the gloom of anguish. And they will be driven into utter darkness.

Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light. The rising sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light.

Obadiah 1:15
For the Day of the LORD is near for all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your recompense will return upon your own head.

Zephaniah 1:15
That day will be a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,


Treasury of Scripture

Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

darkness.

Job 3:4-6
Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it…

Job 10:21,22
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; …

Isaiah 13:10
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.









(20) Darkness.--In the form of an interrogative, the condemnation contained in Amos 5:18 is emphatically reasserted. The term rendered "very dark" is that used to denote the gross Egyptian darkness that might be felt (Exodus 10:22), the awful gloom, such as fell on Jerusalem at the Crucifixion, which is always accompanied by the sense of confusion, terror, and intolerable suspense. (Comp. the graphic metaphorical language of Isaiah 5:30.)

Verse 20. - The character of the day of the Lord is enforced with reiterated earnestness (ver. 18) by an appeal to the conscience of e hearers. Do you not feel in your inmost hearts that in the case of such guilt as yours the Lord can visit but to punish?

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Will not
הֲלֹא־ (hă·lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

the Day
י֥וֹם (yō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3117: A day

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

be darkness
חֹ֛שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

and not
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

light,
א֑וֹר (’ō·wr)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

even gloom
וְאָפֵ֖ל (wə·’ā·p̄êl)
Conjunctive waw | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 651: Gloomy

with no
וְלֹא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

brightness
נֹ֥גַֽהּ (nō·ḡah)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5051: Brilliancy

in it?
לֽוֹ׃ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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