New International Version
Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!"
King James Bible
Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
Darby Bible Translation
Then said I, O Lord Jehovah, cease, I beseech thee! How shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
World English Bible
Then I said, "Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small."
Young's Literal Translation
Lord Jehovah, cease, I pray Thee, How doth Jacob arise -- for he is small?'
Amos 7:5 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The Lord God called to contend by fire - Permitted war, both civil and foreign, to harass the land, after the death of Jeroboam the second. These wars would have totally destroyed it, had not the prophet interceded.
It devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part - We are here to understand the partially destructive wars which afterwards took place; for the Lord causes all these things to pass before the eyes of Amos in the vision of prophecy; and intimates that, at the intercession of his prophets, total ruin should be prevented.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryWhether Irony is a Sin?
Objection 1: It seems that irony, which consists in belittling oneself, is not a sin. For no sin arises from one's being strengthened by God: and yet this leads one to belittle oneself, according to Prov. 30:1,2: "The vision which the man spoke, with whom is God, and who being strengthened by God, abiding with him, said, I am the most foolish of men." Also it is written (Amos 7:14): "Amos answered . . . I am not a prophet." Therefore irony, whereby a man belittles himself in words, is not a sin. …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
The River of Egypt, Rhinocorura. The Lake of Sirbon.
Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.
Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, "Spare your people, LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'"
When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!"
"Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?"
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