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7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
7:3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.
7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more: 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
7:11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.
7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.


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Everything King James Bible:Amos
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Amos
Chapter: 7

Overview:
Visions of judgments to come upon Israel. (1-9) Amaziah
threatens Amos. (10-17)

1-9 God bears long, but he will not Bear always with a
provoking people. The remembrance of the mercies we formerly
received, like the produce of the Earth of the former growth,
should make us submissive to the will of God, when we meet with
disappointments in the latter growth. The Lord has many ways of
humbling a sinful nation. Whatever trouble we are under, we
should be most Earnest with God for the forgiveness of Sin. Sin
will soon make a great people small. What will become of Israel,
if the Hand that should raise him be stretched out against him?
See the power of Prayer. See what a blessing praying people are
to a land. See how ready, how swift God is to show Mercy; how he
waits to be gracious. Israel was a Wall, a strong Wall, which
God himself reared as a defence to his Sanctuary. The Lord now
seems to stand upon this Wall. He measures it; it appears to be
a Bowing, bulging Wall. Thus God would bring the people of
Israel to the trial, would discover their wickedness; and the
time will come, when those who have been spared often, shall be
spared No longer. But the Lord still calls Israel his people.
The repeated Prayer and success of the Prophet should lead us to
seek the Saviour.

10-17 It is No new thing for the accusers of the brethren, to
misrepresent them as enemies to the King and kingdom, as
traitors to their Prince, and troublers of the land, when they
are the best friends to both. Those who make gain their
Godliness, and are governed By the hopes of wealth and
preferment, are ready to think these the most powerful motives
with others also. But those who have a warrant from God, like
Amos, ought not to fear the Face of Man. If God, that sent him,
had not strengthened him, he could not thus have set his Face as
a Flint. The Lord often chooses the weak and foolish things of
the world to confound the Wise and mighty. But No fervent
prayers, or self-denying labours, can bring proud sinners to
Bear Faithful reproofs and warnings. And all who oppose or
despise the Divine Word, must expect fatal effects to their
souls, unless they repent.

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