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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

“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