Then Amaziah, the 1priest of Bethel, sent word to 2Jeroboamking of Israel, saying, "Amos has 3conspiredagainst you in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is unable to endureall his words.
"For thusAmossays, 'Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel will certainlygo from its land into exile.' "
Then Amaziahsaid to Amos, "4Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and thereeatbread and there do your prophesying!
"But 5nolongerprophesy at Bethel, for it is a 6sanctuary of the king and a royalaresidence."
Then Amosreplied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet, nor am I the 7son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a bgrower of sycamorefigs.
"But the LORDtook me from cfollowing the flock and the LORDsaid to me, 'Go8prophesy to My peopleIsrael.'
16"Nowhear the word of the LORD: you are saying, 'You 9shall not prophesyagainstIsrael10nor shall you dspeakagainst the house of Isaac.'
17"Therefore, thussays the LORD, 'Your 11wife will become a harlot in the city, your 12sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parceled up by a measuring line and you yourself will dieeupon 13uncleansoil. Moreover, Israel will certainlygo from its land into exile.' "