13 I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line used on Samaria and the mason’s level used on the house of Ahab,(A) and I will wipe(B) Jerusalem clean as one wipes a bowl—wiping it and turning it upside down.

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16 But the Lord of Armies is exalted by his justice,(A)
and the holy God(B) demonstrates his holiness through his righteousness.(C)

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The Lord’s Mercy to Israel

18 Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy,
and is rising up to show you compassion,(A)
for the Lord is a just God.
All who wait patiently for him are happy.

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For I the Lord love justice;(A)
I hate robbery and injustice;[a]
I will faithfully reward my people
and make a permanent covenant(B) with them.

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Footnotes

  1. 61:8 Some Hb mss, DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg; other Hb mss read robbery with a burnt offering

Third Vision: A Plumb Line

He showed me this: The Lord was standing there by a vertical wall with a plumb line in his hand. The Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” (A)

I replied, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said, “I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel;(B) I will no longer spare them:(C)

Isaac’s high places(D) will be deserted,
and Israel’s sanctuaries will be in ruins;(E)
I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam
with a sword.”

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