Vision of the Locusts
1Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, He formed locust swarms at the beginning of the late crop; indeed it was the late crop after the king’s mowings. 2And so it was, when they had finished eating the grass of the land, that I said:
“O Lord God, forgive, I pray!
#Is. 51:19Oh, that Jacob may stand,
For he is small!”
3So #Deut. 32:36; Jer. 26:19; Hos. 11:8; Amos 5:15; Jon. 3:10; (James 5:16)the Lord relented concerning this.
“It shall not be,” said the Lord.
Vision of the Fire
4Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, the Lord God called for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the territory.5Then I said:
“O Lord God, cease, I pray!
#Amos 7:2, 3Oh, that Jacob may stand,
For he is small!”
6So the Lord relented concerning this.
“This also shall not be,” said the Lord God.
Vision of the Plumb Line
7Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. 8And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”
And I said, “A plumb line.”
Then the Lord said:
“Behold, #2 Kin. 21:13; Is. 28:17; 34:11; Lam. 2:8I am setting a plumb line
In the midst of My people Israel;
#Mic. 7:18I will not pass by them anymore.
9#Gen. 46:1; Hos. 10:8; Mic. 1:5The high places of Isaac shall be desolate,
And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste.
#2 Kin. 15:8–10; Amos 7:11I will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”
10Then Amaziah the #1 Kin. 12:31, 32; 13:33priest of #1 Kin. 13:32; Amos 4:4Bethel sent to #2 Kin. 14:23Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired 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 Israel shall surely be led away #Amos 5:27; 6:7captive
From their own land.’ ”
12Then Amaziah said to Amos:
“Go, you seer!
Flee to the land of Judah.
There eat bread,
And there prophesy.
13But #Amos 2:12; Acts 4:18never again prophesy at Bethel,
#1 Kin. 12:29, 32; Amos 7:9For it is the king’s sanctuary,
And it is the royal residence.”
14Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah:
“I was no prophet,
Nor was I #1 Kin. 20:35; 2 Kin. 2:5; 2 Chr. 19:2a son of a prophet,
But I was a #2 Kin. 3:4; Amos 1:1; Zech. 13:5sheepbreeder
And a tender of sycamore fruit.
15Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock,
And the Lord said to me,
‘Go, #Amos 3:8prophesy to My people Israel.’
16Now therefore, hear the word of the Lord:
You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
And #Deut. 32:2; Ezek. 21:2; Mic. 2:6do not spout against the house of Isaac.’
17“Therefore#Jer. 28:12; 29:21, 32 thus says the Lord:
#Is. 13:16; Lam. 5:11; Hos. 4:13; Zech. 14:2‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city;
Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword;
Your land shall be divided by survey line;
You shall die in a #2 Kin. 17:6; Ezek. 4:13; Hos. 9:3defiled land;
And Israel shall surely be led away captive
From his own land.’ ”