Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel1 sent a message to Jeroboam2 king of Israel: "Amos is raising a conspiracy3 against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.4
For this is what Amos is saying: " 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile,5 away from their native land.' "6
Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Get out, you seer!7 Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.8
Don't prophesy anymore at Bethel,9 because this is the king's sanctuary and the temple10 of the kingdom.11"
Amos answered Amaziah, "I was neither a prophet12 nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.13
But the LORD took me from tending the flock14 and said to me, 'Go,15 prophesy16 to my people Israel.'17
Now then, hear18 the word of the LORD. You say, " 'Do not prophesy against19 Israel, and stop preaching against the house of Isaac.'
"Therefore this is what the LORD says: " 'Your wife will become a prostitute20 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 pagan country. And Israel will certainly go into exile,21 away from their native land.22' "
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