7Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standingaby a bverticalwall with a plumbline in His hand.
The LORDsaid to me, "1What do you see, Amos?" And I said, "A plumbline." Then the Lordsaid, "Behold I am about to put a 2plumbline In the midst of My peopleIsrael. I will c3spare them nolonger .
"The 4highplaces of Isaac will be desolated And the 5sanctuaries of Israellaidwaste. Then I will 6rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
Then Amaziah, the 7priest of Bethel, sent word to 8Jeroboamking of Israel, saying, "Amos has 9conspiredagainst 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, "10Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and thereeatbread and there do your prophesying!
"But 11nolongerprophesy at Bethel, for it is a 12sanctuary of the king and a royaldresidence."
Then Amosreplied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet, nor am I the 13son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a egrower of sycamorefigs.
"But the LORDtook me from ffollowing the flock and the LORDsaid to me, 'Go14prophesy to My peopleIsrael.'
16"Nowhear the word of the LORD: you are saying, 'You 15shall not prophesyagainstIsrael16nor shall you gspeakagainst the house of Isaac.'
17"Therefore, thussays the LORD, 'Your 17wife will become a harlot in the city, your 18sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parceled up by a measuring line and you yourself will diehupon 19uncleansoil. Moreover, Israel will certainlygo from its land into exile.' "