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Chapter 7


1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me: He was forming a locust swarm when the late growth began to come up (the late growth after the king's mowing).


While they were eating all the grass in the land, I said: Forgive, O Lord GOD! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!


And the LORD repented of this. "It shall not be," said the Lord GOD.


2 Then the Lord GOD showed me this: he called for a judgment by fire. It had devoured the great abyss, and was consuming the land,


when I said: Cease, O Lord GOD! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!


The LORD repented of this. "This also shall not be," said the Lord GOD.


3 Then the Lord GOD showed me this: he was standing by a wall, plummet in hand.


The LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?" And when I answered, "A plummet," the Lord said: See, I will lay the plummet in the midst of my people Israel; I will forgive them no longer.


The high places of Isaac shall be laid waste, and the sanctuaries of Israel made desolate; I will attack the house of Jeroboam with the sword.


Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam, king of Israel: "Amos has conspired against you here within Israel; the country cannot endure all his words.


For this is what Amos says: Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land."


To Amos, Amaziah said: "Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying,


but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."


4 Amos answered Amaziah, "I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.


The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.


Now hear the word of the LORD!" You say: prophesy not against Israel, preach not against the house of Isaac.


Now thus says the LORD: Your wife shall be made a harlot in the city, and your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by measuring line, and you yourself shall die in an unclean land; Israel shall be exiled far from its land.



1 [1] The king's mowing: the first mowing, a portion of which was payable to the king as a tax.

2 [4] Fire: understood by many as a burning drought.

3 [7] Plummet in hand: signifying that God is about to withdraw his mercy from his people and that the nation is to be measured for destruction.

4 [14-15] Amos denies that he belonged to the class of professional prophets; his vocation is due to the personal intervention of the Lord.

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