In this chapter a fourth vision is delivered, the vision of a "basket
of summer fruit"; signifying the destruction of the ten tribes, for
which they were ripe, and which would quickly come upon them,
\\#Am 8:1-3\\; the rich are reproved for their oppression of the poor,
their covetousness and earthly mindedness, \\#Am 8:4-6\\; for which they
are threatened with entire ruin, sudden calamities, and very mournful
times, instead of light, joy, and gladness, \\#Am 8:7-10\\; and
particularly with a famine of hearing the word of God, \\#Am 8:11,12\\;
the consequence of which would be, a fainting of the young men and
virgins for thirst, and the utter and irrecoverable ruin of all
idolaters, \\#Am 8:13,14\\.