New International Version
you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, "Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?"
King James Bible
Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?
Darby Bible Translation
ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, that say, have We not taken to us power by our own strength?
World English Bible
you who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Haven't we taken for ourselves horns by our own strength?'
Young's Literal Translation
O ye who are rejoicing at nothing, Who are saying, 'Have we not by our strength taken to ourselves horns?'
Amos 6:13 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That is, in your fancied strength, which is none at all, a mere nonentity.
"For I am God, (ולא איש velo ish), and no-man;
The Holy One in the midst of thee, yet do not frequent cities."
Amos 6:13Ye which rejoice in a thing of naught - In your idols: for an idol is nothing in the world.
Have we not taken to us horns - We have arrived to power and dignity by our strength. Horns were the symbols of power and authority. So Horace: -
Vina parant animos: tum pauper cornua sumet.
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'Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! 2. Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? 3. Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 4. That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Whether it is Proper to Christ to be Head of the Church?
And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider's web.
They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns.
Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak so defiantly.'"
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