Amaziah’s Complaint

10 Then Amaziah the (A)priest of (B)Bethel sent to (C)Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to [a]bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said:

‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
And Israel shall surely be led away (D)captive
From their own land.’ ”

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos:

“Go, you seer!
Flee to the land of Judah.
There eat bread,
And there prophesy.
13 But (E)never again prophesy at Bethel,
(F)For it is the king’s [b]sanctuary,
And it is the royal [c]residence.”

14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah:

“I was no prophet,
Nor was I (G)a son of a prophet,
But I was a (H)sheepbreeder
And a tender of sycamore fruit.
15 Then the Lord took me [d]as I followed the flock,
And the Lord said to me,
‘Go, (I)prophesy to My people Israel.’
16 Now therefore, hear the word of the Lord:
You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
And (J)do not [e]spout against the house of Isaac.’

17 “Therefore(K) thus says the Lord:

(L)‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city;
Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword;
Your land shall be divided by survey line;
You shall die in a (M)defiled land;
And Israel shall surely be led away captive
From his own land.’ ”

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  1. Amos 7:10 Or endure
  2. Amos 7:13 Or holy place
  3. Amos 7:13 Lit. house
  4. Amos 7:15 Lit. from behind
  5. Amos 7:16 Lit. drip

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