1Thus the LordaGODshowed me, and behold, He was forming a 1locust-swarmbwhen the springcropbegan to sprout. And behold, the springcrop was after the king'scmowing.
And it came about, dwhen it had 2finishedeating the vegetation of the land, that I said, "3LordGOD, pleasepardon! eHow can Jacobstand, For he is 4small?"
The LORDf5changed His mindaboutthis. "It shall not be," said the LORD.
4Thus the LordGODshowed me, and behold, the LordGOD was calling to contend with them by 6fire, and it consumed the greatdeep and began to consume the gfarmland.
Then I said, "7LordGOD, pleasestop! 8How can Jacobstand, for he is small?"
The LORDh9changed His mindaboutthis. "Thistoo shall not be," said the LordGOD.
7Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standingiby a jverticalwall with a plumbline in His hand.
The LORDsaid to me, "10What do you see, Amos?" And I said, "A plumbline." Then the Lordsaid, "Behold I am about to put a 11plumbline In the midst of My peopleIsrael. I will k12spare them nolonger .
"The 13highplaces of Isaac will be desolated And the 14sanctuaries of Israellaidwaste. Then I will 15rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
Then Amaziah, the 16priest of Bethel, sent word to 17Jeroboamking of Israel, saying, "Amos has 18conspiredagainst 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, "19Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and thereeatbread and there do your prophesying!
"But 20nolongerprophesy at Bethel, for it is a 21sanctuary of the king and a royallresidence."
Then Amosreplied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet, nor am I the 22son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a mgrower of sycamorefigs.
"But the LORDtook me from nfollowing the flock and the LORDsaid to me, 'Go23prophesy to My peopleIsrael.'
16"Nowhear the word of the LORD: you are saying, 'You 24shall not prophesyagainstIsrael25nor shall you ospeakagainst the house of Isaac.'
17"Therefore, thussays the LORD, 'Your 26wife will become a harlot in the city, your 27sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parceled up by a measuring line and you yourself will diepupon 28uncleansoil. Moreover, Israel will certainlygo from its land into exile.' "