Amos 5:9
New International Version
With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin.

New Living Translation
With blinding speed and power he destroys the strong, crushing all their defenses.

English Standard Version
who makes destruction flash forth against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress.

Berean Study Bible
He flashes destruction on the strong, so that fury comes upon the stronghold.

King James Bible
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

New King James Version
He rains ruin upon the strong, So that fury comes upon the fortress.

New American Standard Bible
It is He who makes destruction flash upon the strong, So that destruction comes upon the fortress.

NASB 1995
It is He who flashes forth with destruction upon the strong, So that destruction comes upon the fortress.

NASB 1977
It is He who flashes forth with destruction upon the strong, So that destruction comes upon the fortress.

Amplified Bible
It is He who causes [sudden] destruction to flash forth on the strong So that destruction comes on the fortress.

Christian Standard Bible
He brings destruction on the strong, and it falls on the fortress.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He brings destruction on the strong, and it falls on the stronghold.

American Standard Version
that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who authorizes the feeble over the strong and he lifts the meek over the high

Brenton Septuagint Translation
who dispenses ruin to strength, and brings distress upon the fortress.

Contemporary English Version
God destroys mighty soldiers and strong fortresses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that with a smile bringeth destruction upon the strong, and waste upon the mighty.

English Revised Version
that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

Good News Translation
He brings destruction on the mighty and their strongholds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He destroys strongholds and ruins fortresses.

International Standard Version
It is he who is raining sudden destruction upon the strong like lightning, so that ruin comes upon the fortress.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That causeth destruction to flash upon the strong, So that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

Literal Standard Version
Who is brightening up the spoiled against the strong, And the spoiled comes against a fortress.

NET Bible
He flashes destruction down upon the strong so that destruction overwhelms the fortified places.)

New Heart English Bible
who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.

World English Bible
who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.

Young's Literal Translation
Who is brightening up the spoiled against the strong, And the spoiled against a fortress cometh.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Call to Repentance
8He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns darkness into dawn and darkens day into night, who summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the face of the earth—the LORD is His name— 9He flashes destruction on the strong, so that fury comes upon the stronghold. 10There are those who hate the one who reproves in the gate and despise him who speaks with integrity.…

Cross References
Isaiah 29:5
But your many foes will be like fine dust, the multitude of the ruthless like blowing chaff. Then suddenly, in an instant,

Amos 2:14
Escape will fail the swift, the strong will not prevail by his strength, and the mighty will not save his life.

Micah 5:11
I will remove the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds.


Treasury of Scripture

That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

strengtheneth.

2 Kings 13:17,25
And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them

Jeremiah 37:10
For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.

Hebrews 11:34
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

spoiled.









(9) That strengthened.--The rendering should be who causeth desolation to gleam upon the strong (who were priding themselves on their immunity), so that desolation cometh on the stronghold.

Verse 9. - That strengtheneth, etc. Translate, That causeth destruction to flash forth upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress. The idea is that God, as with a lightning flash, smites the strongest man, and no fortress is a refuge from him. Septuagint, Ὁ διαιρῶν συντριμμὸν ἐπὶ ἰσχύν, "Who divideth destruction unto strength." The Vulgate, taking the Hebrew verb balag in the sense of lighting up the countenance, renders, Qui subridet vastitatem super robustum, which means that the Lord smiles while he brings desolation on the mighty - a figurative expression denoting his anger at man's pride, and the ease with which he punishes. We may add that Rosenmuller agrees with the Authorized Version in the first clause: "Who strengtheneth the weak against the strong, and giveth the plunderers power over the fortresses of the strong."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He flashes
הַמַּבְלִ֥יג (ham·maḇ·lîḡ)
Article | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 1082: To break off, loose, desist, invade

destruction
שֹׁ֖ד (šōḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7701: Violence, havoc, devastation, ruin

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

the strong,
עָ֑ז (‘āz)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5794: Strong, vehement, harsh

so that fury
וְשֹׁ֖ד (wə·šōḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7701: Violence, havoc, devastation, ruin

comes
יָבֽוֹא׃ (yā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

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

the stronghold—
מִבְצָ֥ר (miḇ·ṣār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4013: A fortification, castle, fortified city, a defender


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