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The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that
behold, the days will come on you
that they will take you away with hooks,
and the last of you with fish hooks. Bible

“they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks.” This sounds like a metaphor or hyperbole, but it is historically accurate. The Assyrians were very cruel people, and the Assyrian monuments show the Assyrians leading strings of captives from Israel. Each captive had a hook or fishhook through their lips or tongue, and the hook was attached to a cord which then went to the next captive and so on, such that there were lines of captives being lead along on a line with hooks.


Commentary for: Amos 4:2