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Amos 3:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Shall two walk together, except they have agreed?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Can two walk together, except they are agreed?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Shall two walk together except they be agreed?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Can two walk together,—except they meet?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Do two walk together if they have not met?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Shall two walk together except they be agreed?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Can two walke together, except they be agreed?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Shall two walk together at all, if they do not know one another?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Can two 8147
{8147} Prime
(The first form being dual of H8145; the second form being feminine); two; also (as ordinal) twofold.
walk y3212
[3212] Standard
A primitive root (compare H1980); to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively to carry (in various senses).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
(1980) Complement
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
together, 3162
{3162} Prime
From H3161; properly a unit, that is, (adverbially) unitedly.
except 1115
{1115} Prime
Constructive feminine of H1086 (equivalent to H1097); properly a failure of, that is, (used only as a negative particle, usually with prepositional prefix) not, except, without, unless, besides, because not, until, etc.
(0518) Complement
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
they be agreed? 3259
{3259} Prime
A primitive root; to fix upon (by agreement or appointment); by implication to meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage).
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Amos 3:3-6

_ _ Here follow several questions of a parable-like kind, to awaken conviction in the people.

_ _ Can two walk together, except they be agreed? — Can God’s prophets be so unanimous in prophesying against you, if God’s Spirit were not joined with them, or if their prophecies were false? The Israelites were “at ease,” not believing that God was with the prophets in their denunciations of coming ruin to the nation (Amos 6:1, Amos 6:3; compare 1 Kings 22:18, 1 Kings 22:24, 1 Kings 22:27; Jeremiah 43:2). This accords with Amos 3:7, Amos 3:8. So “I will be with thy mouth” (Exodus 4:12; Jeremiah 1:8; Matthew 10:20). If the prophets and God were not agreed, the former could not predict the future as they do. In Amos 2:12 He had said, the Israelites forbade the prophets prophesying; therefore, in Amos 3:3, Amos 3:8, He asserts the agreement between the prophets and God who spake by them against Israel [Rosenmuller]. Rather, “I once walked with you” (Leviticus 26:12) as a Father and Husband (Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 3:14); but now your way and Mine are utterly diverse; there can therefore be no fellowship between us such as there was (Amos 3:2); I will walk with you only to “punish you”; as a “lion” walks with his “prey” (Amos 3:4), as a bird-catcher with a bird [Tarnovius]. The prophets, and all servants of God, can have no fellowship with the ungodly (Psalms 119:63; 2 Corinthians 6:16, 2 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 5:11; James 4:4).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Amos 3:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Amos 3:3

Agreed — Can you have God's presence while you walk so contrary to him?

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Amos 3:3

Can two walk together, except they be (b) agreed?

(b) By this the Prophet signifies that he speaks not of himself, but as God guides and moves him, which is called the agreement between God and his Prophets.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Genesis 5:22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
Genesis 6:9 These [are] the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations, [and] Noah walked with God.
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? ... And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
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Gn 5:22; 6:9; 17:1. 2Co 6:14.

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