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Amos 7:1-8 (New Revised Standard)

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1 This is what the Lord God showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter growth after the king's mowings). 2 When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said, "O Lord God, forgive, I beg you! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!" 3 The Lord relented concerning this; "It shall not be," said the Lord. 4 This is what the Lord God showed me: the Lord God was calling for a shower of fire, a and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. 5 Then I said, "O Lord God, cease, I beg you! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!" 6 The Lord relented concerning this; "This also shall not be," said the Lord God. 7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by;
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