New American Standard Bible
7 [a]Certainly the Lord [b]God does nothing
Unless He (A)reveals His secret plan
To His servants the prophets.
8 A (B)lion has roared! Who will not fear?
The (C)Lord God has spoken! (D)Who can do anything but prophesy?
Surely the Lord God does nothing
[a]Without revealing His secret plan [of the judgment to come]
To His servants the prophets.(A)
The lion has roared! Who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken [to the prophets]! Who can but prophesy?(B)
- Amos 3:7 God has always warned of coming judgment in order that people may choose to change their behavior and avoid it. He warned Noah of the coming flood (Gen 6:13ff); Abraham and Lot of the future destruction of Sodom (Gen 18:17; 19:14); Joseph of the seven-year famine (Gen 41:30); Moses of the ten plagues on Egypt (Ex 7:1ff); Jonah of the destruction of Nineveh (Jon 1:2; 3:4); Amos of the downfall of Aram (Syria), Philistia, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah, and Israel (Amos 1 and 2). Various prophets were told in advance about the captivities of the chosen people, and they came to pass because the warnings were disregarded. Jonah announced the destruction of Nineveh, but judgment was postponed following repentance. When later generations of Ninevites reverted to paganism and wickedness, the warning of Nahum was carried out against them.
King James Version
7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
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