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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Amos 3:5


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    King James Bible - Amos 3:5

    Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

    World English Bible

    Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth, where no snare is set for him? Does a snare
    spring up from the ground, when there is nothing to catch?

    Douay-Rheims - Amos 3:5

    Will the bird fall into the snare upon the earth, if there be no fowler? Shall the snare be taken up from the earth, before it hath taken somewhat ?

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

    Original Hebrew

    התפל
    5307 צפור 6833 על 5921 פח 6341 הארץ 776 ומוקשׁ 4170 אין 369 לה  היעלה 5927  פח 6341  מן 4480  האדמה 127 ולכוד 3920 לא 3808 ילכוד׃ 3920

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    VERSE (5) -
    Ec 9:12 Jer 31:28 Da 9:14

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:5

    ¿Caerá el ave en el lazo sobre la tierra, sin haber armador? ¿Se alzará el lazo de la tierra, si no se ha prendido algo?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Amos 3:5

    Verse 5. Can a
    bird fall in a snare] Can ye, as a sinful people, fall into calamities which I have not appointed? Shall one take up a snare-and have taken nothing] Will the snare be removed before it has caught the expected prey?- shall I remove my judgments till they are fully accomplished? This is a curious passage, and deserves farther consideration. The original, literally translated, is nearly as follows: "Shall the trap arise from the ground; and catching, shall it not catch?" Here is a plain allusion to such traps as we employ to catch rats, foxes, &c. The jaws of the trap opening backward, press strongly upon a spring so as to keep it down; and a key passing over one jaw, and hooking on a table in the center, the trap continues with expanded jaws, till any thing touch the table, when the key, by the motion of the table, being loosened, the spring recovers all its elastic power, and throws up the jaws of the trap, and their serrated edges either close in each other, or on the prey that has moved the table of the trap. Will then the jaws of such a trap suddenly spring up from the ground, on which before they were lying flat, and catch nothing? Shall they let the prey that was within them escape? Certainly not. So my trap is laid for these offenders; and when it springs up, (and they themselves will soon by their transgressions free the key,) shall not the whole family of Israel be inclosed in it? Most certainly they shall. This is a singular and very remarkable passage, and, when properly understood, is beautifully expressive.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 5. Can a
    bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin [is] for him ? etc.] No, there must be a snare set, or a bird can never be taken in it; and that is done, not by chance, but with the design of the fowler; yea, with the knowledge and will of God himself, ( Matthew 10:29); the design of this is to show, that no judgment or affliction comes upon a people, or they into one, by chance, or without the appointment of God; they are his nets and snares, which he on purpose spreads and sets for persons, to take them in; and unless he did do so, they would not fall into any; (see Job 5:6,7 23:14 Ezekiel 12:13); shall [one] take up a snare from the earth ; the Targum adds, out of its time: and have taken nothing at all ? when men set a snare to catch anything, do they take it up before anything is caught? they do not; they let it stand till something is ensnared in it, and so their end answered, and then they take it up, and not before. And thus when God denounces or brings a judgment, or an affliction, upon a people, does he remove it before the end is answered by it? he does not; if the end is to bring men to a sense of sin, and humiliation for it; or to bring near to God who have been wandering from him; or to try their graces, or take away their sin; when such an end is answered, then, and not till then, is the snare taken up, or the affliction removed; tilt such an end is brought about, the distress is continued, or the threatening of it; and of this Israel is hereby assured.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-8 - The distinguishing favours of
    God to us, if they do not restrain from sin, shall not exempt from punishment. They could not expect communio with God, unless they first sought peace with him. Where there is no friendship, there can be no fellowship. God and man cannot wal together, except they are agreed. Unless we seek his glory, we cannot walk with him. Let us not presume on outward privileges, withou special, sanctifying grace. The threatenings of the word and providenc of God against the sin of man are certain, and certainly show that the judgments of God are at hand. Nor will God remove the affliction he ha sent, till it has done its work. The evil of sin is from ourselves, it is our own doing; but the evil of trouble is from God, and is his doing, whoever are the instruments. This should engage us patiently to bear public troubles, and to study to answer God's meaning in them. The whole of the passage shows that natural evil, or troubles, and no moral evil, or sin, is here meant. The warning given to a careles world will increase its condemnation another day. Oh the amazin stupidity of an unbelieving world, that will not be wrought upon by the terrors of the Lord, and that despise his mercies!


    Original Hebrew

    התפל 5307 צפור 6833 על 5921 פח 6341 הארץ 776 ומוקשׁ 4170 אין 369 לה  היעלה 5927  פח 6341  מן 4480  האדמה 127 ולכוד 3920 לא 3808 ילכוד׃ 3920


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