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Amos 6:3

3 You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror.

Amos 6:3 in Other Translations

3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
3 O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence?
3 You push away every thought of coming disaster, but your actions only bring the day of judgment closer.
3 Woe to you who are rushing headlong to disaster! Catastrophe is just around the corner!
3 You dismiss any thought of the evil day and bring in a reign of violence.

Amos 6:3 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 6:3

Ye that put far away the evil day
The day of Israel's captivity, threatened by, the Lord, and prophesied of by the prophets; by this prophet, and by Hoshea and others: this they endeavoured to put out of their minds and thoughts, and supposed it to be at a great distance, yea, hoped it never would be; and like the Jews, with respect to their captivity, and the destruction of their city, said it was not near, but prolonged, yea, would never come to pass, ( Ezekiel 11:3 ) ( 12:22 ) ; so some men put far from them the day of death; which though to a good man is better than the day of his birth, yet to a wicked man is an evil and terrible day; he do not care to hear or speak, or think of it, lest it should dampen his carnal joys and pleasures: as also the day of Christ's coming to judgment; which though a good man hastens to in his affections, desires, and prayers, wicked men set at the greatest distance, yea, scoff at it, as believing it never will be, and to show that they are in no pain or uneasiness about it; see ( Isaiah 56:12 ) ( Matthew 24:48 ) ( 2 Peter 3:4-12 ) . The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "who are separated to the evil day"; appointed to it; foreordained to this condemnation; destined to ruin and destruction for their sins; see ( Proverbs 16:4 ) ; and cause the seat of violence to come near;
boldly venture upon the commission of acts of injustice, rapine, and violence, on a presumption the evil day threatened will never come; or place themselves on the bench in courts of judicature, and there, without any manner of concern, commit the greatest acts of unrighteousness, as believing they shall never be called to an account for them by God or man.

Amos 6:3 In-Context

1 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!
2 Go to Kalneh and look at it; go from there to great Hamath, and then go down to Gath in Philistia. Are they better off than your two kingdoms? Is their land larger than yours?
3 You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror.
4 You lie on beds adorned with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves.
5 You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Isaiah 56:12; S Ezekiel 12:22; Amos 9:10