Amos 3:15

15 1I will strike 2the winter house along with 3the summer house, and 4the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses[a] shall come to an end," declares the LORD.

Amos 3:15 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 3:15

And I will smite the winter house with the summer house
Both the one and, the other shall fall to the ground, being beat down by the enemy, or shook and made to fall by the earthquake predicted, ( Amos 1:1 ) ; as Kimchi thinks: kings and great personages had houses in the city in the winter season, in which they lived for warmth; and others in the country in the summertime, to which they retired for the benefit of the air; or they had, in one and the same house, a summer and a winter parlour; see ( Judges 3:20 ) ( Jeremiah 36:22 ) ; it signifies that the destruction should reach city and country, and deprive them of what was for their comfort and pleasure: and the houses of ivory shall perish;
or "of the tooth" F12; the elephant's tooth, of which ivory is made. Ahab made a house of ivory; and perhaps more were made by others afterwards, following his example, ( 1 Kings 22:39 ) ; not that these houses were made wholly of ivory, only "covered" with it, as the Targum here paraphrases it; or they were cieled or wainscotted with it, or were inlaid and covered with it, and were reckoned very curious work; but should be demolished, and perish in the general ruin: and the great houses shall have an end, saith the Lord;
the houses of princes, nobles, and other persons of figure and distinction; houses great in building, or many in number, as Kimchi observes, and as the word F13 will bear to be rendered; these, which the builders and owners of them thought would have continued many ages, and have perpetuated their names to posterity, should now be thrown down, and be no more; of which they might assure themselves, since the Lord had said it.


F12 (Nvh ytb) "domus dentis", Montanus, Mercerus, Vatablus.
F13 (Mybr Mytb) "aedes multi", V. L. "domus multae", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Burkius.

Amos 3:15 In-Context

13 "Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
14 "that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions, I will punish the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground.
15 I will strike the winter house along with the summer house, and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end," declares the LORD.

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