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Amos 8:10 New English Translation (NET Bible)

10 I will turn your festivals into funerals[a]
and all your songs into funeral dirges.
I will make everyone wear funeral clothes[b]
and cause every head to be shaved bald.[c]
I will make you mourn as if you had lost your only son;[d]
when it ends it will indeed have been a bitter day.[e]


  1. Amos 8:10 tn Heb “mourning.”
  2. Amos 8:10 tn Heb “I will place sackcloth on all waists.”sn Mourners wore sackcloth (funeral clothes) as an outward expression of grief.
  3. Amos 8:10 tn Heb “and make every head bald.” This could be understood in a variety of ways, while the ritual act of mourning typically involved shaving the head (although occasionally the hair could be torn out as a sign of mourning).sn Shaving the head or tearing out one’s hair was a ritual act of mourning. See Lev 21:5; Deut 14:1; Isa 3:24; 15:2; Jer 47:5; 48:37; Ezek 7:18; 27:31; Mic 1:16.
  4. Amos 8:10 tn Heb “I will make it like the mourning for an only son.”
  5. Amos 8:10 tn Heb “and its end will be like a bitter day.” The Hebrew preposition כְּ (kaf) sometimes carries the force of “in every respect,” indicating identity rather than mere comparison.
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