Amos 7


1Thus the Lord God showed me; and, behold, He formed locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.
2And if it had come to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land—so I said:O Lord God, forgive, I beseech Thee;How shall Jacob stand? for he is small.
3The Lord repented concerning this; ‘It shall not be’, saith the Lord.
4Thus the Lord God showed me; and, behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire; and it devoured the great deep, and would have eaten up the land.
5Then said I:O Lord God, cease, I beseech Thee;How shall Jacob stand? for he is small.
6The Lord repented concerning this; ‘This also shall not be’, saith the Lord God.
7Thus He showed me; and, behold, the Lord stood beside a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in His hand.
8And the Lord said unto me: ‘Amos, what seest thou?’ And I said: ‘A plumbline.’ Then said the Lord:Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of My people Israel;I will not again pardon them any more;
9And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate,And the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste;And I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
10Then Amaziah the priest of Beth-el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying: ‘Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words.
11For thus Amos saith:Jeroboam shall die by the sword,And Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.’
12Also Amaziah said unto Amos: ‘O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there;
13but prophesy not again any more at Beth-el, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a royal house.’
14Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah: ‘I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was a herdman, and a dresser of sycamore-trees;
15and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said unto me: Go, prophesy unto My people Israel.
16Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord:Thou sayest: Prophesy not against Israel,And preach not against the house of Isaac;
17Therefore thus saith the Lord:Thy wife shall be a harlot in the city,And thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword,And thy land shall be divided by line;And thou thyself shalt die in an unclean land,And Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.’