First Vision: Locusts

1 The Lord God showed me this: He was forming a swarm of locustsa at the time the spring crop first began to sprout-after the cutting of the king's hay.

References for Amos 7:1

    • a 7:1 - Ex 10:12-15; Dt 28:38,42; Jl 1:4
      2 When the locusts finished eating the vegetation of the land, I said, "Lord God , please forgive! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?"
      3 The Lord relented concerning this. "It will not happen," He said.

      Second Vision: Fire

      4 The Lord God showed me this: The Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire.b It consumed the great deep and devoured the land.

      References for Amos 7:4

        • b 7:4 - Am 1:3-2:5
          5 Then I said, "Lord God , please stop! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?"
          6 The Lord relented concerning this. "This will not happen either," said the Lord God .

          Third Vision: A Plumb Line

          7 He showed me this: The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.

          References for Amos 7:7

              8 The Lord asked me, "What do you see, Amos?" I replied, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "I am setting a plumb line among My people Israel; I will no longer spare them:c

              References for Amos 7:8

                • c 7:8 - Am 8:2
                  9 Isaac's high placesd will be deserted, and Israel's sanctuaries will be in ruins; I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with a sword."

                  References for Amos 7:9

                    • d 7:9 - 2 Kg 17:9-13; Hs 10:8

                      Amaziah's Opposition

                      10 Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent [word] to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you [right here] in the house of Israel. The land cannot endure all his words,

                      References for Amos 7:10

                          11 for Amos has said this: 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.' "e

                          References for Amos 7:11

                              12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Go away, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. Earn your livingf and give [your] prophecies there,

                              References for Amos 7:12

                                • f 7:12 - Lit Eat bread
                                  13 but don't ever prophesy at Bethel again, for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."
                                  14 So Amos answered Amaziah, "I wasg not a prophet or the son of a prophet;h rather, I wasi a herdsman, and I took care of sycamore figs.

                                  References for Amos 7:14

                                    • g 7:14 - Or am
                                    • h 7:14 - a prophet's disciple or a member of a prophetic guild; 2 Kg 2:3-15; 4:38; 9:1
                                    • i 7:14 - Or am
                                      15 But the Lord took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.' "
                                      16 Now hear the word of the Lord. You say: Do not prophesyj against Israel; do not preachk against the house of Isaac.

                                      References for Amos 7:16

                                        • j 7:16 - Am 2:12; 7:13
                                        • k 7:16 - Mc 2:6
                                          17 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: Your wife will be a prostitute in the city, your sons and daughters will fall by the sword, and your land will be divided up with a measuring line. You yourself will die on paganl soil, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.

                                          References for Amos 7:17

                                            • l 7:17 - Lit unclean