The Vision of Locusts
1This is what the Lord God showed me: He was forming a swarm of locusts, after the king had taken his share of the first crop and the second crop had just begun growing. 2When the locusts ate all the crops in the country, I said, “Lord God, forgive us. How could Israel live through this? It is too small already!”
3So the Lord changed his mind about this. “It will not happen,” said the Lord.
The Vision of Fire
4This is what the Lord God showed me: The Lord God was calling for fire to come down like rain. It burned up the deep water and was going to burn up the land. 5Then I cried out, “Lord God, stop! How could Israel live through this? It is too small already.”
6So the Lord changed his mind about this too. “It will not happen,” said the Lord God.
The Vision of the Plumb Line
7This is what he showed me: The Lord stood by a straight wall, with a plumb line in his hand. 8The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”
I said, “A plumb line.”
Then the Lord said, “See, I will put a plumb line among my people Israel to show how crooked they are. I will not look the other way any longer.
9“The places where Isaac’s descendants worship will be destroyed,
Israel’s holy places will be turned into ruins,
and I will attack King Jeroboam’s family with the sword.”
Amaziah Speaks Against Amos
10Amaziah, a priest at Bethel, sent this message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is making evil plans against you with the people of Israel. He has been speaking so much that this land can’t hold all his words. 11This is what Amos has said:
‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
and the people of Israel will be taken as captives
out of their own country.’ ”
12Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Seer, go back right now to Judah. Do your prophesying and earn your living there, 13but don’t prophesy anymore here at Bethel. This is the king’s holy place, and it is the nation’s temple.”
14Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I do not make my living as a prophet, nor am I a member of a group of prophets. I make my living as a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore trees. 15But the Lord took me away from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16So listen to the Lord’s word. You tell me,
‘Don’t prophesy against Israel,
and stop prophesying against the descendants of Isaac.’
17“Because you have said this, the Lord says:
‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and daughters will be killed with swords.
Other people will measure your land and divide it among themselves,
and you will die in a foreign country.
The people of Israel will definitely be taken
from their own land as captives.’ ”