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Amos 7Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Lord Threatens to Bring a Famine by Locusts

This is what Adonay Yahweh showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts when the second crop was being harvested. It was the harvest that followed the harvest for the king. When the locusts had finished eating every plant in the land, I said, “Adonay Yahweh, please forgive us! How can the descendants of Jacob survive? There are so few of them.”

Yahweh changed his plans about this. “This won’t happen,” Yahweh said.

The Lord Threatens to Bring a Drought by Fire

This is what Adonay Yahweh showed me: Adonay Yahweh was calling for judgment by fire. The fire dried up the ocean and burned up the land. Then I said, “Adonay Yahweh, please stop! How can the descendants of Jacob survive? There are so few of them.”

Yahweh changed his plans about this. “This won’t happen either,” Adonay Yahweh said.

The Lord Refuses to Overlook Israel’s Sin

This is what he showed me: Adonay was standing by a wall built with the use of a plumb line, and he had a plumb line in his hand. Yahweh asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

I answered, “A plumb line.”

Then Adonay said, “I’m going to hold a plumb line in the middle of my people Israel. I will no longer overlook what they have done. The worship sites of Isaac will be destroyed, and the holy places of Israel will be in ruins. I will attack Jeroboam’s heirs with my sword.”

Amaziah Opposes Amos

10 Then Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, sent a message to King Jeroboam of Israel. It read, “Amos is plotting against you among the people of Israel. The country isn’t able to endure everything he is saying. 11 Amos says that Jeroboam will be killed with a sword and that Israel cannot avoid being taken from its land into exile.”

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “You seer,[a] run away to Judah! Eat there, and prophesy there! 13 But don’t ever prophesy again in Bethel, because this is the king’s holy place and the king’s palace.”

14 Amos responded, “I’m not a prophet, and I’m not a disciple of the prophets. I am a rancher and a grower of figs. 15 But Yahweh took me away from herding the flock and said to me, ‘Prophesy to my people Israel.’

16 “Now listen to the word of Yahweh: You said, ‘Stop prophesying against Israel, and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’

17 “However, this is what Yahweh says: Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will be killed with swords. Your land will be surveyed and divided up, and you will die in an unclean[b] land. Israel cannot avoid being taken from its land into exile.”

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 7:12 A seer is a prophet.
  2. Amos 7:17 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
Names of God Bible (NOG)

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