Amos 7:3

3 So the LORD relented. “This will not happen,” the LORD said.

Amos 7:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 The LORD relented concerning this: "It shall not be," said the LORD.
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 So the LORD relented from this plan. “I will not do it,” he said.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 God gave in. "It won't happen," he said.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 Jehovah repented concerning this: It shall not be, saith Jehovah.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 The LORD changed his plans about this. "This won't happen," the LORD said.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 The Lord relented concerning this. "It will not happen," He said.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 So the LORD had pity on them. "I will let them continue for now," he said.

Amos 7:3 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 7:3

The Lord repented for this
He heard the prayer of the prophet, and at his intercession averted, the threatened judgment; thus the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much, ( James 5:16 ) ; this is spoken after the manner of men; as men, when they repent of a thing, desist from it, so the Lord desisted from going on with this judgment; he did not change his mind, but changed the dispensations of his providence according to his mind and will: it shall not be, saith the Lord;
these grasshoppers or locusts, the Assyrian army, shall not at this time destroy the land of Israel: Pul king of Assyria took a sum of money of the king of Israel, and so turned back, and stayed not in the land, ( 2 Kings 15:19 2 Kings 15:20 ) .

Amos 7:3 In-Context

1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up.
2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”
3 So the LORD relented. “This will not happen,” the LORD said.
4 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land.
5 Then I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Exodus 32:14; Deuteronomy 32:36; S Jeremiah 18:8; Jeremiah 26:19; John 3:10
  • 2. S Hosea 11:8
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