7 The Lord God showed me this: He was forming a swarm of locustsp at the time the spring crop first began to sprout—after the cutting of the king’s hay. 2 When the locusts finished eating the vegetation of the land,q I said, “Lord God, please forgive!r How will Jacob survive since he is so small?”s
3 The Lord relented concerning this.t “It will not happen,” he said.
4 The Lord God showed me this: The Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire.u It consumed the great deep and devoured the land. 5 Then I said, “Lord God, please stop!v How will Jacob survive since he is so small?”
6 The Lord relented concerning this.w “This will not happen either,” said the Lord God.
7 He showed me this: The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in his hand. 8 The Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”x
I replied, “A plumb line.”
9 Isaac’s high placesaa will be deserted,
and Israel’s sanctuaries will be in ruins;ab
I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam
with a sword.”
10 Amaziah the priestac of Bethel sent word to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against youad right here in the house of Israel. The land cannot endure all his words, 11 for Amos has said this: ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.’ ”ae
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Go away, you seer!af Flee to the land of Judah. Earn your livingG and give your prophecies there, 13 but don’t ever prophesyag at Bethel again, for it is the king’s sanctuaryah and a royal temple.”
14 So Amos answered Amaziah, “I wasH not a prophet or the son of a prophet;I,ai rather, I wasH a herdsman,aj and I took care of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flockak and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ ”al
Do not prophesyam against Israel;
do not preachan against the house of Isaac.
Your wife will be a prostitute in the city,a
your sons and daughters will fall by the sword,b
and your land will be divided up
with a measuring line.
and Israel will certainly go into exiled
from its homeland.
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