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Amos 7 (New International Version)

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Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line

1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me:1 He was preparing swarms of locusts2 after the king's share had been harvested and just as the second crop was coming up. 2 When they had stripped the land clean,3 I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive?4 He is so small!5" 3 So the LORD relented.6 "This will not happen," the LORD said.7 4 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire;8 it dried up the great deep and devoured9 the land. 5 Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!10" 6 So the LORD relented.11 "This will not happen either," the Sovereign LORD said.12 7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the LORD asked me, "What do you see,13 Amos?14" "A plumb line,15" I replied. Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.16 9 "The high places17 of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries18 of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.19"

Amos and Amaziah

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel20 sent a message to Jeroboam21 king of Israel: "Amos is raising a conspiracy22 against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.23 11 For this is what Amos is saying: " 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile,24 away from their native land.' "25 12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Get out, you seer!26 Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.27 13 Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel,28 because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple29 of the kingdom.30" 14 Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet31 nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.32 15 But the LORD took me from tending the flock33 and said to me, 'Go,34 prophesy35 to my people Israel.'36 16 Now then, hear37 the word of the LORD. You say, " 'Do not prophesy against38 Israel, and stop preaching against the house of Isaac.' 17 "Therefore this is what the LORD says: " 'Your wife will become a prostitute39 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 pagana country. And Israel will certainly go into exile,40 away from their native land.41' "
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