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Amos 7

The Book of Amos
Chapter 7

Chapter Overview:

Threatened judgments turned aside by the prayer of Amos, ver. 1 - 6.
Yet at length they are sentenced to utter ruin, ver. 7 - 9.
Amaziah accuses Amos, ver. 10 - 13.
Amos justifies himself and denounces the judgment of God against Amaziah, ver. 14 - 17.
7:1Thus - This is the first of five prophetic representations of what was coming upon this people. The latter growth - The shooting up of the first growth being too luxuriant, they often eat it down with cattle; but if the second growth were eat up, it marred the whole harvest.Mowed - It is supposed the first mowing of the corn in the blade was for the king's use; and after this the second springing grew up to the harvest.
7:2It came to pass - In the vision. By whom - How shall any of Jacob escape, if thou dost cast him down?
7:3Repented - This is spoken after the manner of men.
7:4Shewed - In vision. Called - Commanded fire from heaven.A part - Of the land too.
7:7By a plumb - line - Strongly and beautifully built.
7:8Set a plumb - line - I will exactly measure the whole ten tribes.Pass by them - I will no more forbear, but will pull down all that is faulty.
7:9The high places - The temples on high mountains built to idols.Of Isaac - The seed of Isaac.
7:10In the midst - Openly, and publickly, endeavouring to stir up Israel to sedition or rebellion. The land - The people cannot bear all his harsh predictions.
7:11Jeroboam shall die - He nowhere said so, but spake of his house distinguished from his person, as ver. 9 .
7:13The king's court - To which therefore thou oughtest to shew more respect, and not thus to affront the king in his own house.
7:14No prophet - Not originally, or by study, or by any human designation. An herdman - By breeding and occupation I was and still am, an herdman. Sycamore fruit - This fruit was good food for man, or cattle.
7:16The house of Isaac - The posterity of Isaac.
7:17In a polluted land - Among the Heathen.Israel - The ten tribes.