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Amos 5:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Take away from me the noise of thy songs, and I will not hear the melody of thy lutes;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Take thou away from me, the noise of thy songs,—Even the melody of thy harps, will I not hear.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Turn aside from Me the noise of thy songs, Yea, the praise of thy psaltery I hear not.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Take away from me the tumult of thy songs: and I will not hear the canticles of thy harp.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Take thou away from mee the noise of thy songs: for I will not heare the melodie of thy violes.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Remove from me the sound of thy songs, and I will not hear the music of thine instruments.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Take thou away 5493
{5493} Prime
A primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively).
<8685> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 731
from x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
me the noise 1995
{1995} Prime
From H1993; a noise, tumult, crowd; also disquietude, wealth.
of thy songs; 7892
{7892} Prime
The second form being feminine; from H7891; a song; abstractly singing.
for I will not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
hear 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the melody 2172
{2172} Prime
From H2167; a musical piece or song to be accompanied by an instrument.
of thy viols. 5035
{5035} Prime
From H5034; a skin bag for liquids (from collapsing when empty); hence, a vase (as similar in shape when full); also a lyre (as having a body of like form).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Amos 5:23

_ _ Take ... away from me — literally, “Take away, from upon Me”; the idea being that of a burden pressing upon the bearer. So Isaiah 1:14, “They are a trouble unto Me (literally, ‘a burden upon Me’): I am weary to bear them.”

_ _ the noise of thy songs — The hymns and instrumental music on sacred occasions are to Me nothing but a disagreeable noise.

_ _ I will not hear — Isaiah substitutes “prayers” (Isaiah 1:15) for the “songs” and “melody” here; but, like Amos, closes with “I will not hear.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Amos 5:21-27.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Amos 5:23

Thy songs — Used in their sacrifices, and solemn feasts; herein they imitated the temple — worship, but all was unpleasing to the Lord. Will not hear — Not with delight and acceptance. Thy viols — This one kind of musical instrument is put for all the rest.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the noise:

Amos 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
Amos 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: [there shall be] many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast [them] forth with silence.
Amos 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only [son], and the end thereof as a bitter day.
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