New International Version
I will destroy her ruler and kill all her officials with him," says the LORD.
King James Bible
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith Jehovah.
World English Bible
and I will cut off the judge from their midst, and will kill all its princes with him," says Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
And I have cut off a judge from her midst, And all its heads I slay with him, said Jehovah.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will cut off the judge - It shall be so destroyed, that it shall never more have any form of government. The judge here, שופט shophet, may signify the chief magistrate. The chief magistrates of the Carthaginians were called suffetes; probably taken from the Hebrew Judges, שופטים shophetim.
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'Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. 2. And He said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon My people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. 3. And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. 4. Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
To his Praise!
He pours contempt on nobles and disarms the mighty.
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground.
For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness--
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