The judgment of the grasshoppers, and of the fire, are diverted by the intercession of Amos. By a wall and plumbline is signified the desolation of Israel. Amaziah complaineth of Amos, and forbiddeth him to prophesy at Beth-el. Amos sheweth his calling, and the judgment upon Amaziah.
1THUS hath the Lord GOD ashewed unto me; and, behold, bhe formed 1grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
1Or, green worms.
a v.4,7. Je. 1.11-14. b ch. 4.9. Joel 1.4; 2.2-11. Is. 33.4. Na. 3.15,17.
2And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, cO Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: 2by whom shall Jacob arise? dfor he is small.
2Or, who of (or for) Jacob shall stand? Is. 51.19.
c Ex. 32.11; 34.9. Nu. 14.17-19. Je. 14.7,20,21. Da. 9.19. d Zec. 4.10. 1Sa. 14.6. De. 32.36. Ge. 22.14. Ps. 12.1.
3The LORD erepented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
e De. 32.36. Ge. 6.6. La. 3.22. Ja. 5.18. Ps. 106.45. Jonah 3.10. v.6.
4¶fThus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by gfire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
f v.1. g He. 1.7. ch. 1.4,7; 4.7. 2Ki. 15.19,29.
5Then hsaid I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: 3by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
3Or, who of (or for) Jacob shall stand? Is. 51.19.
h v.2. Ex. 32.11.
6The iLORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
i v.3. Ps. 102.17. Je. 14.9. Jos. 7.9. De. 32.36. Ps. 135.14.
7¶Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a jwall made by a plumbline, with ka plumbline in his hand.
j De. 4.7,8. Ps. 119.138. k 2Ki. 21.13. Is. 28.17; 34.11. Eze. 40.3. Zec. 2.1. Re. 11.1; 21.15. La. 2.8. Je. 1.10; 31.28.
8And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: lI will not again pass by them any more:
l ch. 8.2; 5.17. Mi. 7.18. Na. 1.8,9. Eze. 7.2-13.
9And mthe high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I nwill rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
m ch. 3.14; 5.5; 8.14. Le. 26.30,31. Ge. 26.25; 46.1; 35.14,15. n 2Ki. 15.10. v.11.
10¶Then Amaziah othe priest of Beth-el sent to pJeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos qhath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
o 1Ki. 12.31,32. Je. 20.2,3. 2Ki. 14.23,24. p ch. 1.1. q Ezr. 4.15. Ne. 6.6. Je. 26.9,10. Lu. 23.2. Ac. 24.5.
11For rthus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
r v.9. Ps. 56.5.
12Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou sseer, tgo, flee thee away uinto the land of Judah, and there veat bread, and prophesy there:
s 1Sa. 9.9. Mat. 22.16. t Lu. 13.31. Mat. 8.34. ch. 2.12. u ch. 1.1. v Mi. 3.5,11.
13But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: wfor it is the king's 4chapel, and it is the 5king's court.
5Heb. house of the kingdom.
w 1Ki. 12.29-13.1.
14¶Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I xa prophet's son; but I was yan herdman, and a gatherer of 6sycomore fruit:
6Or, wild figs.
x 2Ki. 2.3. y ch. 1.1. Zec. 13.5. 1Co. 1.27.
15And the LORD took me 7as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, zGo, prophesy unto my people Israel.
7Heb. from behind.
z 2Sa. 7.8. Mat. 4.19-22. Ac. 4.19,20,29.
16¶Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, aProphesy not against Israel, and bdrop not thy word against the house of Isaac.
a Mi. 2.6. Is. 30.10. ch. 2.12. v.13. b Eze. 21.2; 20.46. De. 32.2.
17Therefore thus saith the LORD; cThy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and dthy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a epolluted land: and Israel fshall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
c Ho. 10.5,6. Is. 13.16. La. 5.11. Zec. 14.2. Ho. 4.13,14. Je. 20.6; 28.12,16; 29.21,32. d Ps. 78.55; 60.6. 2Sa. 8.2. e 2Ki. 15.29; 17.6. Ho. 9.3. Eze. 4.13. f Le. 26.33-39. De. 28.62,64. 2Ki. 15.29.