He showed me this: The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.
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:
Isaac's high places will be deserted, and Israel's sanctuaries will be in ruins; I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with a sword."
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,
for Amos has said this: 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.' "
Then Amaziah said to Amos, "Go away, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. Earn your living and give [your] prophecies there,
but don't ever prophesy at Bethel again, for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."
So Amos answered Amaziah, "I was not a prophet or the son of a prophet; rather, I was a herdsman, and I took care of sycamore figs.
But the Lord took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.' "
Now hear the word of the Lord. You say: Do not prophesy against Israel; do not preach against the house of Isaac.
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 pagan soil, and Israel will certainly go into exile from its homeland.