The words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa, which he envisioned in visions concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
Thus says the LORD, "Just as the shepherd snatches from the lion's mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear, So will the sons of Israel dwelling in Samaria be snatched away - With the corner of a bed and the cover of a couch !
Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel :
She has fallen, she will not rise again - The virgin Israel. She lies neglected on her land ; There is none to raise her up.
For thus says the Lord GOD, "The city which goes forth a thousand strong Will have a hundred left, And the one which goes forth a hundred strong Will have ten left to the house of Israel."
For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, "Seek Me that you may live.
The LORD said to me, "What do you see, Amos ?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "Behold I am about to put a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel. I will spare them no longer .
"The high places of Isaac will be desolated And the sanctuaries of Israel laid waste. Then I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel ; the land is unable to endure all his words.
"For thus Amos says, 'Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.' "
"But the LORD took me from following the flock and the LORD said to me, 'Go prophesy to My people Israel.'
"Now hear the word of the LORD : you are saying, 'You shall not prophesy against Israel nor shall you speak against the house of Isaac.'
"Therefore, thus says the LORD, 'Your wife will become a harlot in the city, your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parceled up by a measuring line and you yourself will die upon unclean soil. Moreover, Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.' "
"Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit.