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The Sovereign Lord showed me this: I saw[a] the Sovereign Lord summoning a shower of fire.[b] It consumed the great deep and devoured the fields.

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  1. Amos 7:4 tn Heb “behold” or “look.”
  2. Amos 7:4 tc The Hebrew appears to read, “summoning to contend with fire,” or “summoning fire to contend,” but both are problematic syntactically (H. W. Wolff, Joel and Amos [Hermeneia], 292; S. M. Paul, Amos [Hermeneia], 230-31). Many emend the text to לרבב אשׁ, “(calling) for a shower of fire,” though this interpretation is also problematic (see F. I. Andersen and D. N. Freedman, Amos [AB], 746-47).