Amos 7

Warning Visions

1 aThis is what the Lord  God showed me: behold bhe was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings. 2When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said,

“O Lord  God, please forgive!
cHow can Jacob stand?
He is so small!”
3 dThe  Lord relented concerning this:
“It shall not be,” said the  Lord.

4 eThis is what the Lord  God showed me: behold, the Lord  God was calling ffor a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. 5Then I said,

“O Lord  God, please cease!
gHow can Jacob stand?
He is so small!”
6 hThe  Lord relented concerning this:
This also shall not be,” said the Lord  God.

7 iThis is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with ja plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8And the  Lord said to me, kAmos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,

Behold, I am setting la plumb line
in the midst of my people Israel;
mI will never again pass by them;
9 nthe high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
and I will rise against othe house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

Amos Accused

10Then Amaziah pthe priest of Bethel sent to qJeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has rconspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. 11For thus Amos has said,

“‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and sIsrael must go into exile
away from his land.’”

12And Amaziah said to Amos, t“O seer, go, flee away uto the land of Judah, and veat bread there, and prophesy there, 13but wnever again prophesy at Bethel, for xit is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”

14Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, yI was
Or am; twice in this verse
no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but aaI was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.
15 abBut the  Lord took me from following the flock, and the  Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 acNow therefore hear the word of the  Lord.

You say ad‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
and aedo not preach against the house of afIsaac.’

17 agTherefore thus says the  Lord:

“‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
and your land ahshall be divided up with a measuring line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
and aiIsrael shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
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