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1Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me, and behold, he formed locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s harvest.
  2It came to pass that, when they made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, “Lord Yahweh, forgive, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.”

3Yahweh relented concerning this. “It will not be,” says Yahweh.

4Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me, and behold, the Lord Yahweh called for judgment by fire, and it dried up the great deep, and would have devoured the land.
  5Then I said, “Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.”

6Yahweh relented concerning this. “This also will not be,” says the Lord Yahweh.

7Thus he showed me and behold, the Lord stood beside a wall made by a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.

8Yahweh said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

I said, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said, “Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel. I will not again pass by them any more.

 9 The high places of Isaac will be desolate,

 the sanctuaries of Israel will be laid waste;

 and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam

 with the sword.”


10Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words.
  11For Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely be led away captive out of his land.’”

12Amaziah also said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and eat bread there and prophesy there,
  13but do not prophesy again any more at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a royal house!”

14Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I was not a prophet, nor was I a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a farmer of sycamore figs,
  15but Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

16Now therefore listen to the word of Yahweh: You say,

 ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,

 and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’


17Therefore this is what Yahweh says:

 ‘Your wife will be a prostitute in the city,

 and your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword,

 and your land will be divided by line;

 and you yourself will die in a land that is unclean,

 and Israel will surely be led away captive

 out of his land.’”


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