This is what Yahweh says:
“For three transgressions of Damascus, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
because they have threshed Gilead
with threshing instruments of iron; Bible see other translations

“For three transgressions...yes, for four.” The poetic expression “three…four” is an idiom for “many.”

“threshing instruments of iron.” For more on threshing grain, see commentary on Ruth 2:17.

Commentary for: Amos 1:3