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Amos 5:13

    Amos 5:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Therefore he that is prudent shall keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So the wise will say nothing in that time; for it is an evil time.

    Webster's Revision

    Therefore he that is prudent shall keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.

    World English Bible

    Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Therefore he that is prudent shall keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.

    Clarke's Commentary on Amos 5:13

    The prudent shall keep silence - A wise man will consider that it is useless to complain. He can have no justice without bribes; and he has no money to give: consequently, in such an evil time, it is best to keep silence.

    Barnes' Notes on Amos 5:13

    Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time - The "time" may be either the time of the obduracy of the wicked, or that of the common punishment. For a time may be called "evil," whether evil is done, or is suffered in it, as Jacob says, "Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been" Genesis 47:9. Of the first, he would perhaps say, that the oppressed poor would, if wise, be silent, not complaining or accusing, for, injustice having the mastery, complaint would only bring on them fresh sufferings. And again also he may mean that, on account of the incorrigibleness of the people, the wise and the prophets would be silent, because the more the people were rebuked, the more impatient and worse they became. So our Lord was silent before His judges, as had been foretold of Him, for since they would not hear, His speaking would only increase their condemnation. "If I tell you, ye will not believe; and if I also ask you, ye will not answer Me, nor let Me go" Luke 22:67-68. So God said by Solomon: "He that reproveth a scorner getteth himself shame, and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot" Proverbs 9:7. And our Lord bids, "Give not that which is holy unto dogs, and cast not your pearls before swine" Matthew 7:6. They hated and rejected those who rebuked them. Matthew 7:10. Since then rebuke profited not, the prophets should hold their peace. It is a fearful judgment, when God withholds His warnings. In times of punishment also the prudent keep silence. Intense affliction is "dumb and openeth not its month," owning the hand of God. It may be too, that Amos, like Hosea Hos 4:4, Hosea 4:17, expresses the uselessness of all reproof, in regard to the most of those whom be called to repentance, even while he continued earnestly to rebuke them.

    Wesley's Notes on Amos 5:13

    5:13 Shall keep silence - Be forced to it. Evil - Both for the sinfulness of it, and for the troubles, wars, and captivity now at hand.