Amos 7:14-16

14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, 1"I was[a] no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but 2I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.
15 3But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'
16 4Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. "You say, 5'Do not prophesy against Israel, and 6do not preach against the house of 7Isaac.'

Amos 7:14-16 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO AMOS 7

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.

Amos 7:14-16 In-Context

12 And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there,
13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom."
14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.
15 But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'
16 Now therefore hear the word of the LORD. "You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.'
17 Therefore thus says the LORD: "'Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.'"

Cross References 7

  • 1. Amos 1:1; [Zechariah 13:5]
  • 2. Amos 1:1
  • 3. [Psalms 78:71]
  • 4. Amos 3:1
  • 5. [See ver. 12 above]
  • 6. Ezekiel 20:46; Ezekiel 21:2; Micah 2:6
  • 7. [ver. 9]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or am; twice in this verse