“A plumb line,z” I replied.
Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.a
9 “The high placesb of Isaac will be destroyed
and the sanctuariesc of Israel will be ruined;
with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.d”
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethele sent a message to Jeroboamf king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracyg against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.h 11 For this is what Amos is saying:
“ ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
and Israel will surely go into exile,i
away from their native land.’ ”j
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer!k Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.l 13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel,m because this is the king’s sanctuary and the templen of the kingdom.o”
14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophetp nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.q 15 But the Lord took me from tending the flockr and said to me, ‘Go,s prophesyt to my people Israel.’u 16 Now then, hearv the word of the Lord. You say,
“ ‘Do not prophesy againstw Israel,
and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’
“ ‘Your wife will become a prostitutex in the city,
and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Your land will be measured and divided up,
and you yourself will die in a paganc country.
And Israel will surely go into exile,y
away from their native land.z’ ”
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain; also in verse 8.
Hebrew an unclean