Amos 7:13

13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”

Amos 7:13 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
English Standard Version (ESV)
13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom."
New Living Translation (NLT)
13 Don’t bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king’s sanctuary and the national place of worship!”
The Message Bible (MSG)
13 Hang out there. Do your preaching there. But no more preaching at Bethel! Don't show your face here again. This is the king's chapel. This is a royal shrine."
American Standard Version (ASV)
13 but prophesy not again any more at Beth-el; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
13 But don't [ever] prophesy again in Bethel, because this is the king's holy place and the king's palace."
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
13 but don't ever prophesy at Bethel again, for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple."
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
13 Don't prophesy here at Bethel anymore. This is where the king worships. The main temple in the kingdom is located here."

Amos 7:13 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 7:13

But prophesy not again any more at Bethel
He might prophesy any where, if he did not there, for what the priest cared, that so his honour and interest were not hurt. The reasons he gave were, for it [is] the king's chapel;
or "sanctuary" F9; where a temple was built for the idol calf, and where the king worshipped it, and attended all other religious service: and it [is] the king's court;
or "the house of the kingdom" F11; the seat of it, where the king had a royal palace, and sometimes resided here, and kept his court, as well as at Samaria; often coming hither to worship, it being nearer to him than Dan, where the other calf was placed; intimating hereby that the king would never suffer such a troublesome man as he to be so near him; and by prophesying to interrupt him, either in his religious or civil affairs; and therefore advises him by all means to depart, if he had any regard to his life or peace.


F9 (vdqm) "sanctuarium", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Mercerus, Junius & Tremellius. Piscator, Drusius, Cocceius.
F11 (awh hklmm tybw) "et domus regni est", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius; "domus regia", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Amos 7:13 In-Context

11 For this is what Amos is saying: “ ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’ ”
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.
13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”
14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.
15 But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Joshua 7:2; S 1 Kings 12:29
  • 2. Jeremiah 36:5
  • 3. S Jeremiah 20:2; S Amos 2:12; Acts 4:18
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