7:15 the Lord took me . . . my people Israel. Amos flatly rejects Amaziah’s accusation (7:12) and stresses his divine call to prophesy. The same phrasing is used for the Lord’s choice of David as king (2 Sam. 7:8). The prophet’s allusion to David’s call indicates that the Lord has the sovereign right to choose both kings and prophets—and that His prophets have every right to prophesy at the “temple of the kingdom” (v. 13).