3 "In that day," declares the Sovereign Lord, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.[1] Many, many bodies-flung everywhere! Silence!"

Other Translations of Amos 8:3

King James Version

3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings shall be howlings: Heb. shall howl in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.

English Standard Version

3 The songs of the templeOr palace shall become wailingsOr The singing women of the palace shall wail in that day," declares the Lord GOD. "So many dead bodies!" "They are thrown everywhere!" "Silence!"

The Message

3 "The royal singers will wail when it happens." My Master God said so. "Corpses will be strewn here, there, and everywhere. Hush!"

New King James Version

3 And the songs of the temple Shall be wailing in that day," Says the Lord God-- "Many dead bodies everywhere, They shall be thrown out in silence."

New Living Translation

3 In that day the singing in the Temple will turn to wailing. Dead bodies will be scattered everywhere. They will be carried out of the city in silence. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!"

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Amos 8:3

Commentary on Amos 8:1-3

(Read Amos 8:1-3)

Amos saw a basket of summer fruit gathered, and ready to be eaten; which signified, that the people were ripe for destruction, that the year of God's patience was drawing towards a conclusion. Such summer fruits will not keep till winter, but must be used at once. Yet these judgments shall not draw from them any acknowledgement, either of God's righteousness or their own unrighteousness. Sinners put off repentance from day to day, because they think the Lord thus delays his judgments.