Amos 6:13
New International Version
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, “Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?”

New Living Translation
And you brag about your conquest of Lo-debar. You boast, “Didn’t we take Karnaim by our own strength?”

English Standard Version
you who rejoice in Lo-debar, who say, “Have we not by our own strength captured Karnaim for ourselves?”

Berean Study Bible
you who rejoice in Lo-debar and say, ‘Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?’

King James Bible
Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

New King James Version
You who rejoice over Lo Debar, Who say, “Have we not taken Karnaim for ourselves By our own strength?”

New American Standard Bible
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, “Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?”

NASB 1995
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, “Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?”

NASB 1977
You who rejoice in Lodebar, And say, “Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?”

Amplified Bible
You who [self-confidently] rejoice in Lo-debar (Nothing), Who say, “Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim (Strength) for ourselves?”

Christian Standard Bible
you who rejoice over Lo-debar and say, “Didn’t we capture Karnaim for ourselves by our own strength? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you who rejoice over Lo-debar and say, “Didn’t we capture Karnaim for ourselves by our own strength?”

American Standard Version
ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, that say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who rejoice for nothing and they were saying: ”Was it not with our armies that we have taken the city for ourselves?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
ye who rejoice at vanity, who say, Have we not possessed horns by our own strength?

Contemporary English Version
You celebrate the defeat of Lo-Debar and Karnaim, and you boast by saying, "We did it on our own."

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that rejoice in a thing of nought: you that say: Have we not taken unto us horns by our own strength?

English Revised Version
ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Good News Translation
You brag about capturing the town of Lodebar. You boast, "We were strong enough to take Karnaim."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How horrible it will be for those who rejoice over Lo Debar and who say, "We were strong enough to capture Karnaim by ourselves."

International Standard Version
You rejoice in nothing worth mentioning— that is, you keep on saying, 'We captured Karnaim by our own strength of will and by our own effort, didn't we?'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, That say: 'Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?'

Literal Standard Version
O you who are rejoicing at nothing, Who are saying, “Have we not taken to ourselves horns by our strength?”

NET Bible
You are happy because you conquered Lo-Debar. You say, "Did we not conquer Karnaim by our own power?"

New Heart English Bible
you who rejoice in Lo Debar, who say, 'Haven't we taken for ourselves Karnaim by our own strength?'

World English Bible
you who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Haven't we taken for ourselves horns by our own strength?'

Young's Literal Translation
O ye who are rejoicing at nothing, Who are saying, 'Have we not by our strength taken to ourselves horns?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Pride of Israel
12“Do horses gallop on the cliffs? Does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood— 13you who rejoice in Lo-debar and say, ‘Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?’ 14For behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel,” declares the LORD, the God of Hosts, “and they will oppress you from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.”…

Cross References
Luke 12:19
Then I will say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!"'

Luke 12:20
But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?'

Job 8:14
His confidence is fragile; his security is in a spider's web.

Job 8:15
He leans on his web, but it gives way; he holds fast, but it does not endure.

Psalm 2:2
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together, against the LORD and against His Anointed One:

Psalm 75:4
I say to the proud, 'Do not boast,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horn.

Psalm 75:5
Do not lift up your horn against heaven or speak with an outstretched neck.'"


Treasury of Scripture

You which rejoice in a thing of nothing, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

which.

Exodus 32:18,19
And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear…

Judges 9:19,20,27
If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you: …

Judges 16:23-25
Then the lords of the Philistines gathered them together for to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god, and to rejoice: for they said, Our god hath delivered Samson our enemy into our hand…

Have.

2 Kings 13:25
And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and recovered the cities of Israel.

2 Kings 14:12-14,25
And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents…

2 Chronicles 28:6-8
For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers…









(13) A thing of nought refers to the calf-worship, the idol that Israel is glorying and trusting in, the idolatrous travesty of the Eternal that they call "the excellency of Jacob." (Comp. Amos 6:8, and Amos 8:7.)

Taken to us horns--i.e., instruments of resistance and aggression, the horn being symbolic of strength (Jeremiah 48:25; Psalm 75:10; Psalm 89:17; Psalm 92:10; 1Samuel 2:10). The sacred historian takes quite a different view of the success of Jeroboam II. (2Kings 14:26-27). These boasters reckoned the success of arms as due to their own ingenuity or "power." (Comp. the language put into the mouth of Pharaoh by Ezekiel 29:3 : "My river is my own: I made it for myself.") . . .

Verse 13. - In a thing of nought; a nothing - a thing which does not really exist, viz. your prosperity and power. Horns; symbols of strength (Deuteronomy 33:17; 1 Kings 22:11); the idea being derived from the wild bull, the strongest animal of their fauna. Their boast was a consequence of the successful wars with the Syrians (2 Kings 14:25-28). The prophet proceeds to demolish their proud vaunt.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
you who rejoice
הַשְּׂמֵחִ֖ים (haś·śə·mê·ḥîm)
Article | Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 8055: To brighten up, be, blithe, gleesome

over Lo-debar
דָבָ֑ר (ḏā·ḇār)
Preposition | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

and say,
הָאֹ֣מְרִ֔ים (hā·’ō·mə·rîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘Did we not
לְלֹ֣א (lə·lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

take
לָקַ֥חְנוּ (lā·qaḥ·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural
Strong's 3947: To take

Karnaim
קַרְנָֽיִם׃ (qar·nā·yim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 7161: A horn, a flask, cornet, an elephant's tooth, a corner, a peak, a ray, power

by our own
לָ֖נוּ (lā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

strength?’
בְחָזְקֵ֔נוּ (ḇə·ḥā·zə·qê·nū)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common plural
Strong's 2392: Strength


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