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Amos 3:4

    Amos 3:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Will a lion give his loud cry in the woodland when no food is there? will the voice of the young lion be sounding from his hole if he has taken nothing?

    Webster's Revision

    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

    World English Bible

    Will a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

    Clarke's Commentary on Amos 3:4

    Will a lion roar - Should I threaten such a judgment without cause?

    Barnes' Notes on Amos 3:4

    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? - Then, further, each question by itself suggests its own thought. Amos had already, in repeating Joel's words, spoken of God's Voice, under the image of a lion roaring (Amos 1:2; Hosea 11:10 (add Hosea 5:14; Hosea 6:1; Hosea 13:7); Jeremiah 25:30). Hosea had likened Israel to "a silly dove without heat Hosea 7:11; on the other hand, he had likened God's loud call to repentance to the roaring of the lion, the conversion of Israel to the return of the dove to its home Hosea 11:10-11. As the roaring of the lion causeth terror, for he sendeth forth his terrible roar when he is about to spring on his prey , so God threatens by His prophets, only when He is about to punish. Yet the lion's roar is a warning to escape. God's threatening is a warning to betake them to repentance, and so to escape from all fear, by fleeing from their sins. If the season is neglected, wilt thou rescue the prey from the lion's grasp, or thyself from the wrath of God?
    Book: Amos