Amos 7 NIV

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.

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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"

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3 So the LORD relented.6 "This will not happen," the LORD said.7

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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.

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5 Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!10"

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      6 So the LORD relented.11 "This will not happen either," the Sovereign LORD said.12

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      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

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      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"

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      13 Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel,28 because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple29 of the kingdom.30"

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      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

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      15 But the LORD took me from tending the flock33 and said to me, 'Go,34 prophesy35 to my people Israel.'36

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      16 Now then, hear37 the word of the LORD. You say, " 'Do not prophesy against38 Israel, and stop preaching against the house of Isaac.'

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      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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        • a 7:17 - Hebrew "an unclean"