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The Book of Amos
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Timeline of the Bible
God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood,
but saves Noah and his family.--- God chooses Abraham and his
descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons
who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in
Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan.
---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges
lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead
of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king.--- Israel divides
into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.---► The people of Israel and Judah
continue to sin and worship false gods.---
◄This book of the Bible happens during this timeGod allows the Assyrians
and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and
The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia.
--- When Persia defeats the
Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's
Temple in Jerusalem again.---
Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called
Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans
take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins
his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A
Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.---
Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other
places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed
The Book of Amos
Amos tells prophecies about Syria, Edom,
Tyrus, Edom, and Moab. The Lord reminds Israel of everything He
has done for them. The Lord criticizes Israel for not changing after He warned them. God only wants sincere
offerings. The Lord tells Israel that He will be with them if
they stop sinning and acting selfishly. A future day when the Lord
brings back Israel.
The Bible Project's summary of the Book of
Amos was a shepherd in Tekoa (a little
south of Jerusalem). He lived in the time when there were 2 Israelite
kingdoms. He lived in Judah, the southern kingdom. He made his
prophecies mostly about Israel, the northern kingdom. He was upset with
Israel for the sinful things they had been doing.
The Lord says He will punish Syria.
These are the words of Amos. He was a
sheep farmer in Tekoa. He saw visions about Israel while Uzziah was the king of
Judah. Jeroboam (he was Joash's son) was the king of Israel. He saw his
visions two years before the earthquake (the earthquake was in the year 760
B.C.).  The words of Amos, who was among the herdman of Tekoa, which he saw
concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of
Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. Amos said, "The
Lord will roar loudly from Mt. Zion. He will say words from Jerusalem. The
places where the sheep farmers live will be sad. The top of Mt. Carmel will dry
And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem;
and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall
wither. The Lord says, "Damascus (a city in Syria) has sinned 4 times. I will
not hold back the punishment because they defeated Gilead with iron farm tools.  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus,
and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have
threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron: I will send a fire into
Hazael's house. The fire will burn Ben-hadad's homes.  But I will
send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of
I will destroy the gate
of Damascus. I will cut off the people who live in Aven. I will cut off the king
of Eden. The people from Syria will be captured and taken to Kir."  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the
inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the
house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith
says He will punish Gaza.
The Lord said, " I will
punish Gaza for their sins. They took God's people to Edom. I will send fire on
the wall of Gaza. All of the palaces will burn up. I will cut off the people in
Ashdad and the leader of Ashkelon. I will turn against Ekron. The
Philistine people who are left will die.  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza,
and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried
away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:  But
I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:  And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth
the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the
remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.
The Lord says He will punish Tyrus.
said, "Tyrus sinned, so they will be punished. They took God's people to Edom.
They did not remember their covenant with them. I will send fire to Tyre
that will destroy their palaces."  Thus
saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn
away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to
Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:  But I will send
a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
The Lord says He will
The Lord said, "Edom
sinned, and they will be punished. They did not stop their own people from
killing each other. They did not have pity, and they were mad
forever. I will send
fire down on Teman and destroy the palaces of Bozrah." 
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not
turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the
sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he
kept his wrath for ever:  But I will send a fire upon Teman, which
shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
The Lord says He will punish Ammon. The Lord said, "Ammon sinned and now they will be punished. They have
killed pregnant women in Gilead to make their land bigger. I will make a fire in
the wall of Rabbah. It will burn the palaces there. There will be war, and the attacks
will be like whirlwinds. Their king and his princes will be taken away."  Thus saith the LORD; For
three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn
away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of
Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:  But I will kindle a
fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with
shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind: 
And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the
Moab will be punished. The Lord said, "You sinned, Moab. You
will be punished because you burned the bones of the king of Edom until they
became lime. I will send fire on Moab. It will destroy the palaces of Kerioth.
Moab will die with a lot of shouting noise and trumpets.  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the
king of Edom into lime:  But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it
shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with
shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet: I will separate the king
from the princes, and I will kill them all.  And I will cut off
the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with
him, saith the LORD.
Judah will be punished.
Judah will be punished for its sins. They
hated the law of the Lord. They did not obey Him. Their lies made them behave
badly. They did bad things like their fathers.  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions
of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and
their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked: I will send fire
to burn up Judah. The fire will destroy the palaces of Jerusalem." 
But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
The Lord will punish Israel.
The Lord said,
"I will punish you, Israel, because you sinned. You sold good people to
get money. You sold poor people so you could buy shoes.  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for
four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the
righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes; Your people are cruel to the poor
people and the weak people. Some of their sins are: fathers and sons sleep with the same
women,  That pant
after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of
the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my
they sleep on clothes given to the temple, and they drink wine that was from
sinful people.  And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to
pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of
their god. I destroyed the Amorites so you could enter Canaan. The Amorites were
tall like cedar trees and as strong as oak trees. I destroyed them from above
and under.  Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height
was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I
destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. I brought you up from Egypt
and led you through the wilderness for 40 years. Then, I gave you the Amorites'
land."  Also
I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the
wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite. "I raised some of your sons
to be prophets. Some of them were Nazarites. Isn't this true, children of
Israel?" asked God.  And I raised up
of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even
thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD. God said, "But you gave
the Nazarites wine to drink (The Nazarites weren't supposed to drink any
alcohol). You told the prophets not to prophesy (tell the future).  But ye gave the
Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not. Watch and see. I
will press you down like a cart full of wheat. 
Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. Then, you will not
be strong enough or fast enough to escape Me.  Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong
shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself: Even if you are
good archers with bows and arrows, you will not escape Me. Even if you can run
fast or ride a fast horse, you will not escape Me. 
Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall
not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
Even brave people will run away
without their clothes on,"said the Lord.  And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in
that day, saith the LORD.
The Lord reminds Israel of everything He
has done for them.
Listen to this
word that the Lord said against you. He said, "O all of you children of Israel
who I brought out of Egypt, you are the only country on earth that I
chose. So, I will punish you for your sins.  Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of
Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt,
saying,  You only have I known of all the families of the earth:
therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two people walk together
unless they agree where to walk?  Can two walk
together, except they be agreed?
Will a lion roar if he hasn't caught anything? Will a young lion cry from his
den if he hasn't caught anything?  Will a lion roar in the forest,
when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken
someone catch a bird without a net? Will a trap shut if there is nothing in it?  Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin
is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at
there is a trumpet blowing, won't the people be afraid? If a city has trouble,
isn't the Lord allowing it?  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be
afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? Before the
Lord does something, He tells His prophets. 
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his
servants the prophets. If a lion roars, who isn't afraid? If the Lord
speaks, His words are powerful. His prophets must prophesy."  The lion hath roared, who will not fear?
the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
The Lord speaks to Ashdod and Egypt about Samaria. The Lord said, "Tell the leaders
of Ashdod and Egypt to come to Samaria. They should see what is happening there.  Publish in the
palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble
yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the
midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof. Samaria has sinned
greatly. The Samaritans got rich from violence and stealing.  For they
know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their
the Lord says there will be enemies all around your land. They will invade
you and steal your valuable things.  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there
shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from
thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled. Some of the people from Samaria will be saved. There
will be just a few. It will be like a shepherd pulling out a sheep's 2 legs or
piece of an ear out of a lion's mouth.  Thus saith the LORD; As
the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear;
so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner
of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch. The Lord said to pay attention and then to tell the
Israelite people this: On the day I choose, I will send punishment to the
Isrelites. I will visit the altars in Bethel. The horns on the altar will
be cut off, and they will fall to the ground.  Hear ye, and testify in the
house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,  That in the
day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit
the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to
I will destroy all of
their houses - winter houses, summer houses, ivory houses, and the great
houses," said the Lord.  And I will smite the winter house with the summer
house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an
end, saith the LORD.
The Lord speaks to the women in Samaria.
You women in Bashan and in the
mountains of Samaria need to listen to this. You are like fat cows. You treat
poor people badly. Then, you tell your husbands to bring you something to
drink.  Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of
Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their
masters, Bring, and let us drink. The Lord God has sworn that the day is coming when He will take them
away. He will pull them out with hooks and fishhooks. He will pull them out and
throw them far away.  The Lord GOD hath sworn by his
holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away
with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.  And ye shall go out
at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them
into the palace, saith the LORD.
The Lord criticizes Israel for not changing after He warned them.
Come to Bethel and sin at Gilgal many times. Bring
your sacrifices every morning. Bring your tithes after 3 years.  Come to Bethel, and transgress;
at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and
your tithes after three years: Make thanksgiving offerings with bread. Tell
everyone that you made offerings. You like to do this, children of Israel.  And offer a sacrifice of
thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this
liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
"I took away the food in all of your cities. In
all places, they need bread. But you have not returned to me, " said the Lord.  And I
also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in
all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. I kept the rain away from you when
your crops needed to grow for 3 more months. I made it rain in one city, but not
in the other city. The people from the dry city went to the rainy city to get
drinking water. But, you still didn't return to Me. 
And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months
to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain
upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained
not withered.  So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to
drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me,
saith the LORD. I
have attacked your gardens and farms. The worms ate your olive and fig trees.
But you still haven't returned to Me.  I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when
your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees
increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith
the LORD. I sent the same
pests I sent to Egypt. Many of your young men have died violently in battle. I
have taken away your horses. Your camps smelled bad. Still, you have not
returned to Me.  I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner
of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your
horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils:
yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
I have destroyed some of you
the way God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. You were saved out of the fire,
but you still haven't returned to Me.  I have
overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a
firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith
the LORD. So, this is
what I will do to you, Israel. You should get ready to meet God.  Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and
because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. God made the mountains and
the wind. He made the morning. He walks all over the earth. He has told us what
He thinks about. The Lord is the God of the heavens. 
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth
unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth
upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
The Lord wants Israel to listen to what Amos says.
Listen to what I saying against you, House
of Israel.  Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O
house of Israel.
Israel's girl has fallen. She won't rise again. She is alone in her land.
There is no one to help her get up.  The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more
rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. This is what the Lord
God said: 1,000 soldiers will go out, but only 10 will come back. 
For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an
hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house
of Israel. Look for
Me, House of Israel, and you will live.  For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek
ye me, and ye shall live: But don't follow the people of Bethel or go to Gilgal or
Beer-sheba. The people of Gilgal will be captured. Bethel will become nothing.  But seek not Bethel, nor enter into
Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
and Bethel shall come to nought.
Follow God, and you will live. If you don't, He will
destroy the family and descendants of Joseph. There will be no one in Bethel to
put out the fire.  Seek the LORD, and ye shall live;
lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be
none to quench it in Bethel. You are not honest and fair. You make the truth
bitter.  Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and
leave off righteousness in the earth, Follow God. He made the seven stars and Orion. He
turns death into morning. He made day and night. He made the water and seas on
the earth. His name is the Lord.  Seek him that maketh the
seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and
maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and
poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: The Lord made the defeated
people strong. They fought back against the people who defeated them. 
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall
come against the fortress.
The Lord tells Israel that He will be with them if
they will stop sinning and acting selfishly.
They hate the people who
tell them they are behaving badly.  They hate him that rebuketh in the
gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
You have not been generous
with the poor people. You have stolen their food. You have built
big, strong houses, but you will not live in them. You have planted nice
grape farms, but you will not drink any of the wine.  Forasmuch
therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of
wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye
have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. I know about your big sins.
You sin against honest people. You take bribe money. You don't help poor people
who need help. 
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the
just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their
people keep quiet and stay away from trouble in those times.  Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for
it is an evil time. Look for the good things, not the evil things so that you will live.
If you do that, the Lord God of heaven will be with you like you say.  Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live:
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate evil and love good.
Make good judgments in the city gate. Then, the Lord God may show grace to
Joseph's descendants. 
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be
that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
So, the Lord God of
heaven said this, "There will be crying in the streets and roads. The
farmers who grow grapes will mourn and cry loudly. 
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in
all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall
call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to
wailing.  And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass
through thee, saith the LORD.
Amos warns that the day of
the Lord will be a time of punishment.
Some people want the day
of the Lord to come. I am telling you that day will be dark and not light.  Woe unto you that desire the day of
the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not
light. A man
might run away from a lion and then run into a bear. Or he might go into the
house and lean his hand on the wall, and then a snake might bite him.  As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or
went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. The day of the Lord
will be dark. It will not be light at all.  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very
dark, and no brightness in it?
God only wants sincere
offerings. God says, "I hate
your feast day. I will not smell the things you sacrifice in your meetings.  I hate, I despise your feast days,
and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Even though you make burnt offerings and meat
offerings to Me, I will not accept them. I won't accept your peace
offerings either.  Though ye offer
me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will
I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Take your songs away. I will
not hear them. But you will be punished like strong waters in a stream.  Take thou away
from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.  But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty
Did you offer Me sacrifices in
the wilderness for 40 years, Israel? But you have been worshiping false gods
that you made yourselves.  Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the
wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?  But ye have borne the
tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye
made to yourselves.
"So, I will make
you be carried away to places further than Damascus," said the Lord whose name
is The God of heavenly armies.  Therefore will I cause you to go into
captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
The Lord will punish Israel.
This is a warning to the people in Zion
and Samaria who do not worry. You are the leaders of nations. You do not think
anything bad will happen to you.  Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of
Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! Go to Calneh, then
the great city of Hamath. After that, go to the city of Gath where the
Philistines live. Do you think you are better than them?  Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the
great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these
kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? You are evil and violent.  Ye that put
far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; You lie around on your
beds made of ivory. You eat the lambs and the calves from the farms. You sing
with instruments, like King David. 
That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat
the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; 
That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of
musick, like David;
They drink wine in bowls. They put on ointment. But they are not worried about
the problems of the Israelites.  That drink wine in bowls, and anoint
themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction
of Joseph. They
will be the first ones who are taken away as captives. The people were eating at large banquets,
but that will all go away.  Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that
go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. The Lord God has sworn
that he hates the sins of the Israelites. So, He will cause them to be taken
away. If there are 10 men left in one house, they will die.  The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts,
I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver
up the city with all that is therein.  And it shall come to pass,
if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. A man might be carrying his
nephew to the cemetery. Someone may ask him if there are other people in the
house. He will say no. Then, he will tell them to be quiet and not mention the
name of the Lord.  And a
man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones
out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is
there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy
tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
The Lord will command the
house be broken and cracked.  For,
behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches,
and the little house with clefts. Can horses run on rock? Can you plow there with oxen?
You have turned fairness into poison.  Shall horses run upon the rock?
will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the
fruit of righteousness into hemlock: You celebrate and think your victories were from
your own strength.  Ye which rejoice in a thing
of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?
The Lord God says He
will bring a nation to fight against you, Oh Israel. They will defeat you from
Hamath to the wilderness. 
But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the
LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hamath
unto the river of the wilderness.
Amos has a vision about grasshoppers.
The Lord God
showed me this vision. He made grasshoppers when the later grain started to
grow. This was after the king harvested his grain. When the grasshoppers
ate all of the grain, I begged God to stop. I said that Israel is small. Who can
help Israel? Then, God said He would not do this.  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.  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.  The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the
Amos has a vision about fire. The Lord God showed me a vision about fire. The
fire devoured everything.  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. Then I begged God to stop. I said Israel was
small and had no one to help.  Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom
shall Jacob arise? for he is small. The Lord said He would
not do that.  The LORD repented for this:
This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD. Amos has a vision of a measuring line. Then God showed me
another vision. He stood on a wall holding a plumbline. (measuring tool)  Thus he shewed me:
and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in
his hand. God asked me what I saw. I said I saw a plumbline (measuring tool that
makes things straight). The the Lord said He will use a plumbline in the
middle of the people in Israel. He will not go past them anymore. He said
all of the places that the Israelites worshipped false gods will be destroyed.
The Lord said He will destroy King Jeroboam with the sword.  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: 
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
of the area of Bethel was Amaziah. He sent a message to King Jeroboam (the king
of Israel). He told the king that Amos was plotting against him and saying bad
things. Amos was saying that Jeroboam would die by the sword and that the people
would be carried away from their land.  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.  For thus Amos
saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away
captive out of their own land. Amaziah told Amos to go away to Judah and stay there.
He told him to make his prophecies there. He told him not to make prophecies in
Bethel. Bethel is where the king worships.  Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O
thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and
prophesy there:  But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it
is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
Amos replied to Amaziah. Amos said, "I was not a
prophet or the son of a prophet. I was a farmer. I took care of animals and grew
fruit. The Lord spoke to me one day when I was out with my sheep. The Lord
told me to go to prophesy to Israel.  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:  And the LORD
took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my
This is what the Lord says to you now: You are telling Amos not to
prophesy against Israel. But your wife will become a prostitute in the city.
Your sons and daughters will die violently. Your land will be divided up. You
will die in a land that is dirty. Israel will be taken away for sure."  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.  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.
Amos has a vision about ripe fruit. The Lord God
showed me a vision about ripe fruit. He asked me what I saw. I told Him I saw a
basket of summer fruit. Then, the Lord God said, "The end is coming to my people
Israel. I will not save them anymore.  Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer
fruit.  And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of
summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of
Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
Instead of songs in the temple, there will be
loud crying. There will be dead bodies in every place. They will throw them out
without a word.  And the songs of
the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be
many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
Hear what I am
saying. You people do not help poor people. You only care about yourselves. You
want to see a lot of your crops and make money. Then, you want to
buy poor people and make them slaves. 
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to
fail,  Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell
corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and
the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?  That we
may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell
the refuse of the wheat?
The Lord has sworn by the goodness of Jacob. He said
he will never forget what those bad people did.  The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of
Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
The land will shake because
of this. Everyone who lives there will mourn and be sad. The land will flood and
be thrown down.  Shall not
the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it
shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the
flood of Egypt. I
will make the sun go down at noon. I will make the earth dark even if it is
daytime.  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the
Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the
earth in the clear day: I will make your feasts become sad times. Your
songs will be sad songs for mourning. You will all wear rough cloth. Your heads
will have no hair. It will be like mourning the death of an only son. The days
will be bitter and sad.  And I will turn your feasts into
mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth
upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning
of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
There will be a time when you don't hear My
words. Everyone will be running around trying to find My words.  Behold, the
days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a
famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to
the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not
find it. Young
women and young men will faint because they are thirsty.  In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint
The people who worship false gods will fall and never get up."  They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy
god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall,
and never rise up again.
I saw the Lord
God standing on the altar. He said, "Hit the top of the door so the posts shake.
Make the tops fall off and fall on the people to kill them. I will kill
whoever is left. No one will run away and be safe.  I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel
of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them;
and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall
not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
I will get them even if they
dig down into hell or climb up to heaven. 
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb
up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
Even if they hide on the top
of Mt. Carmel, I will find them and take them. Even if they go down to the
bottom of the sea, I will tell the sea serpent to bite them.  And though they hide
themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and
though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command
the serpent, and he shall bite them:
They will be captured and carried away by their
enemies. I will tell the sword to kill them. I will make bad things happen
to them.  And though they go into
captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall
slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. The Lord God will touch
the land, and it will melt. Everyone who lives there will be sad. There will be
a big flood just like in Egypt. 
And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and
all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood;
and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. The Lord God built the heavens and earth. He called
for the waters of the sea to come out and they poured over the earth.  It is he that
buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he
that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of
the earth: The LORD is his name. Aren't
you like the Ethiopians to Me now? I brought you out of Egypt, but I also
brought the Philistines out of Caphtor and the Syrians out of Kir.  Are ye not as children of the
Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up
Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the
Syrians from Kir?
The Lord God sees the
sinful kingdom of Israel. I will destroy it. It will not exist anymore. However,
I will save a few of Jacob's descendants.  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the
sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving
that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
I will give the command, and
I will sift the Israelites like corn in a sieve. The good Israelites will not
die, but they will be scattered in other nations. 
For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations,
like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the
sinners in Israel will die violently. Evil people will not stop us.  All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which
say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
A future day when the Lord
brings back Israel.
On that day, I will raise David's broken tabernacle.
I will repair all of the cracks. I will restore all of the destroyed buildings. I
will make them as good as new.  In that day will
I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches
thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of
Israelites will capture the other nations. They will know that the Lord God has
done this.  That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the
heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. The days are coming when
there will be harvests. There will still be food leftover when the next harvest
is ready. 
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the
reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall
drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. I will bring my people Israel back. They will rebuild
the cities and live in them. They will plant grapes in vineyards. They will
plant gardens and eat the food.  And I will bring
again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste
cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine
thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. I will put them back in the
land I gave them. They will never be taken out again," said the Lord God. 
And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out
of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.