This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire;1 it dried up the great deep and devoured2 the land.
Then I cried out, "Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!3"
So the LORD relented.4 "This will not happen either," the Sovereign LORD said.57
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.
And the LORD asked me, "What do you see,6 Amos?7" "A plumb line,8" I replied. Then the Lord said, "Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.99
"The high places10 of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries11 of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.12"
Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel13 sent a message to Jeroboam14 king of Israel: "Amos is raising a conspiracy15 against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.1611
For this is what Amos is saying: " 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile,17 away from their native land.' "1812
Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Get out, you seer!19 Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.2013
Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel,21 because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple22 of the kingdom.23"
Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet24 nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.25