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Amos 7 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:1 - This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:2 - When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:3 - So the LORD relented. “This will not happen,” the LORD said.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:4 - This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: The Sovereign LORD was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:5 - Then I cried out, “Sovereign LORD, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:6 - So the LORD relented. “This will not happen either,” the Sovereign LORD said.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:7 - This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,[fn] with a plumb line[fn] in his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:8 - And the LORD asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:9 - “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.”

Amos and Amaziah

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:10 - Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:11 - For this is what Amos is saying: “ ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:12 - Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:13 - Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:14 - Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:15 - But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:16 - Now then, hear the word of the LORD. You say, “ ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 7:17 - “Therefore this is what the LORD says: “ ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan[fn] country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’ ”
NIV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain; also in verse 8.
Hebrew an unclean

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