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Amos 5:9

    Amos 5:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who sends sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the walled town.

    Webster's Revision

    that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

    World English Bible

    who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that bringeth sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

    Clarke's Commentary on Amos 5:9

    That strengtheneth the spoiled - Who takes the part of the poor and oppressed against the oppressor; and, in the course of his providence, sets up the former, and depresses the latter.

    Barnes' Notes on Amos 5:9

    That strengtheneth the spoiled - (Literally, "spoil" English margin) probably That "maketh devastation to smile on the strong." . The "smile," in anger, attests both the extremity of anger, and the consciousness of the ease, wherewith the offence can be punished. They were strong in their own strength; strong, as they deemed, in their "fortress" ; "strong with an evil strength, like one phrensied against his physician." But their strength would be weakness. "Desolation" when God willed, would "smile at" all which they accounted "might," and would "come against the fortress," which, as they deemed, "cut off" all approach.

    Wesley's Notes on Amos 5:9

    5:9 The strong - The mighty, victorious and insolent. Shall come - Shall rally and form a siege against their besiegers.
    Book: Amos