Amos 7:10-17

Amos and Amaziah

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.
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.’
16 Now then, hear the word of the LORD. You say, “ ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’
17 “Therefore this is what the LORD says: “ ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan[a] country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’ ”

Amos 7:10-17 Meaning and Commentary


In this and the two following chapters are the visions of Amos, in number five; three of which are contained in this chapter, and with which it begins. The first is of the grasshoppers or locusts eating up the later grass of the land, which are stopped at the intercession of the prophet, Am 7:1-3; the second is of fire the Lord called for to contend by, whose devouring flames are made to cease by the same interposition, Am 7:4-6; and the other is of the plumbline, signifying the utter destruction of the people of Israel, according to the righteous judgment of God, Am 7:7-9; upon the delivery of which prophecies and visions, the priest of Bethel forms a charge against the prophet to the king; and advises Amos to flee into Judea, and prophesy there, and not at Bethel, being willing to be rid of him at any rate, Am 7:10-13; next follows the prophet's vindication of himself showing his divine call to the prophetic office, and his mission and express order he had from the Lord to prophesy unto Israel, Am 7:14,15; and concludes with a denunciation of divine judgments on the priest's family, and upon the whole land of Israel, Am 7:16,17.

Cross References 22

  • 1. S Joshua 7:2; 1 Kings 12:32
  • 2. S 2 Kings 14:23
  • 3. Jeremiah 38:4
  • 4. 2 Kings 14:24; Jeremiah 26:8-11
  • 5. S Amos 5:27
  • 6. Jeremiah 36:16
  • 7. S 1 Samuel 9:9
  • 8. Matthew 8:34
  • 9. S Joshua 7:2; S 1 Kings 12:29
  • 10. Jeremiah 36:5
  • 11. S Jeremiah 20:2; S Amos 2:12; Acts 4:18
  • 12. S 1 Samuel 10:5; 2 Kings 2:5; 2 Kings 4:38; Zechariah 13:5
  • 13. S 1 Kings 10:27; S Isaiah 9:10
  • 14. S Genesis 37:2; S 2 Samuel 7:8
  • 15. S Isaiah 6:9
  • 16. S Jeremiah 26:12
  • 17. Jeremiah 7:1-2; S Ezekiel 2:3-4
  • 18. Jeremiah 22:2
  • 19. S Ezekiel 20:46; Micah 2:6
  • 20. S Hosea 4:13
  • 21. S Amos 5:27
  • 22. S 2 Kings 17:6; S Ezekiel 4:13; S Hosea 9:3; Amos 2:12-13

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