Amos 5:13
New International Version
Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.

New Living Translation
So those who are smart keep their mouths shut, for it is an evil time.

English Standard Version
Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, the prudent keep silent in such times, for the days are evil.

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

New King James Version
Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps quiet, because it is an evil time.

NASB 1995
Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.

NASB 1977
Therefore, at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.

Amplified Bible
Therefore, he who is prudent and has insight will keep silent at such a [corrupt and evil] time, for it is an evil time [when people will not listen to truth and will disregard those of good character].

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, those who have insight will keep silent at such a time, for the days are evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the wise person will keep silent at such a time, for the days are evil.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, he who understands in that time will be quiet for it, because that time is of evil

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore the prudent shall be silent at that time; for it is a time of evils.

Contemporary English Version
Times are so evil that anyone with good sense will keep quiet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence at that time, for it is an evil time.

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

Good News Translation
And so, keeping quiet in such evil times is the smart thing to do!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why a wise person remains silent at such times, because those times are so evil.

International Standard Version
therefore the prudent person remains silent at such a time, for the time is evil.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore the prudent doth keep silence in such a time; For it is an evil time.

Literal Standard Version
Therefore the wise is silent at that time, For it [is] an evil time.

NET Bible
For this reason whoever is smart keeps quiet in such a time, for it is an evil time.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore a prudent person keeps silent 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.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore is the wise at that time silent, For an evil time it is.

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Call to Repentance
12For I know that your transgressions are many and your sins are numerous. You oppress the righteous by taking bribes; you deprive the poor of justice in the gate. 13Therefore, the prudent keep silent in such times, for the days are evil. 14Seek good, not evil, so that you may live. And the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed.…

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 3:7
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

Hosea 4:4
But let no man contend; let no man offer reproof; for your people are like those who contend with a priest.

Amos 6:10
And when the relative who is to burn the bodies picks them up to remove them from the house, he will call to one inside, "Is anyone else with you?" "None," that person will answer. "Silence," the relative will retort, "for the name of the LORD must not be invoked."

Micah 2:3
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I am planning against this nation a disaster from which you cannot free your necks. Then you will not walk so proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.


Treasury of Scripture

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

the prudent.

Amos 6:10
And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 3:7
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Isaiah 36:21
But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

an evil.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Isaiah 37:3
And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

Micah 2:3
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.









(13) Prudent . . . silence.--The dumb silence of the prudent is the awful curse which comes upon a people when they are given up to selfishness and rapacity. Thus the doom:--"Ephraim is joined to idols, let him alone."

Verse 13. - Even while he speaks, the prophet feels that his reproof is useless (comp. Jeremiah 7:27, etc.; Hosea 4:1, 17). In that time; at such a time as this, the man who acts wisely holds his peace, because it is a time of moral corruption and of personal danger. But the prophet cannot restrain his call (comp. Ezekiel 33:3, etc.). In Micah 2:3 the "evil time" is one of calamity.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Therefore,
לָכֵ֗ן (lā·ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

the prudent
הַמַּשְׂכִּ֛יל (ham·maś·kîl)
Article | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 7919: To be, circumspect, intelligent

keep silent
יִדֹּ֑ם (yid·dōm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1826: To be dumb, to be astonished, to stop, to perish

in such
הַהִ֖יא (ha·hî)
Article | Pronoun - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

times,
בָּעֵ֥ת (bā·‘êṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6256: Time, now, when

for
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the days
עֵ֥ת (‘êṯ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 6256: Time, now, when

are evil.
רָעָ֖ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil


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