Amos 7:15

15 and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, "Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

Amos 7:15 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 7:15

And the Lord took me as I followed the flock
Or "from behind" it F21; a description of a shepherd, such an one Amos was, and in this employ when the Lord called him, and took him to be a prophet; he did not seek after it, nor did he take this honour to himself; by which it appears that his mission was divine, and that he did not enter on this work with lucrative views: thus God took David in a like state of life, and made him king of Israel; and Elisha from the plough, and made him a prophet: and Christ several of his disciples from being fishermen, and made them fishers of men, or ministers of the word; and so their call appeared more clear and manifest; and the Lord said unto me;
in a vision or dream by night; or by an articulate voice he heard; or by an impulse upon his spirit, which comes from the Spirit of God: go, prophesy unto my people Israel;
for so they were by profession, and notwithstanding their apostasy; as yet they were not tallied "Loammi", ( Hosea 1:9 ) ; to these the prophet was bid to go out of the land of Judea, where he was a herdsman, and prophesy in the name of the Lord to them; wherefore what he did was in obedience to the command of God, and he did but his duty; and what he in this verse and ( Amos 7:14 ) declares, is a sufficient vindication of himself, his character, and conduct; and having done this, he has something to say to the priest, as follows.


F21 (Nau yrtam) "de post pecus", Montanus; "de post gregem", Vatablus; "a post gregem", Liveleus.

Amos 7:15 In-Context

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 Amaziah, "I am no prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees,
15 and 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 become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parceled out by line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.' "
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