Amos 7

1The Lord showed this to me: He was making locusts at the time the second crop began growing. It was the second crop after the king’s cutting ˻of the first crop˼. 2The locusts ate all the grass in the country. After that I said, “Lord my Master, I beg you, forgive us! Jacob can’t survive! He is ˻too˼ small!” 3Then the Lord changed his mind about this. The Lord said, “That thing will not happen.” 4The Lord my Master showed these things to me: ˻I˼ saw the Lord God calling for judgment by fire. The fire destroyed the Great Deep. The fire was beginning to eat up the land. 5But I said, “Lord God, stop, I beg you! Jacob can’t survive! He is ˻too˼ small!” 6Then the Lord changed his mind about this. The Lord God said, “That thing will not happen either.” 7The Lord showed me this: The Lord stood by a wall with a plumbline in his hand. (The wall had been marked with a plumbline.) 8The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “A plumbline.” Then my Master said, “See, I will put a plumbline among my people Israel. I will not let their 'crookedness’ pass inspection any more. ˻I will remove those bad spots.˼ 9Isaac’s high places will be destroyed. Israel’s holy places will be made into a pile of rocks. I will attack and kill Jeroboam’s family with swords.” 10Amaziah, a priest at Bethel, sent this message to Jeroboam, the king of Israel: “Amos is making plans against you. He is trying to make the people of Israel fight against you. ˻He has been speaking so much that˼ this country can’t hold all his words. 11Amos has said, 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and the people of Israel will be taken as prisoners out of their country.’” 12Amaziah also said to Amos, “You seer, go down to Judah and eat there. Do your preaching there. 13But don’t prophesy any more here at Bethel! This is Jeroboam’s holy place. This is Israel’s temple!” 14Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I am not a professional prophet. And I am not from a prophet’s family. I keep cattle and take care of sycamore trees. 15˻I was a shepherd˼ and the Lord took me from following the sheep. The Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16So listen to the Lord’s message. You tell me, 'Don’t prophesy against Israel. Don’t preach against Isaac’s family.’ 17But the Lord says: 'Your wife will become a prostitute in the city. Your sons and daughters will be killed with swords. Other people will take your land and divide it among themselves. And you will die in a foreign country. The people of Israel will definitely be taken from this country as prisoners.’”

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