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THUS has the LORD God showed me: behold, a plague of locusts coming up in the beginning of springing up of the latter growth;
and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.
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And it came to pass when they had finished eating the grass of the land, then I said, O LORD God, forgive.
Who shall raise up Jacob?
For he is small in numbers.
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Then the LORD averted this calamity: it shall not be.
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Thus has the LORD God showed me: and, behold, the LORD God called the people to judge them by fire, and it devoured the great deep and did eat up a part.
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Then I said, O LORD God, forgive.
Who shall raise up Jacob?
For he is small in numbers.
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The LORD averted this calamity;
this also shall not be.
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Thus he showed me: and, behold, the LORD was standing upon a wall made of adamant, and a plumbline was in his hand.
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And the LORD said to me, Amos, what do you see?
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:
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And the absurd shrines of Israel shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries shall be laid waste;
and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
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Then Amaziah the priest of Beth-el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel, and the land cannot bear all his words.
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For thus Amos is saying: Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be carried away captive out of their own land.
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Also Amaziah said to Amos, O you seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there;
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But prophesy, not again any more at Beth-el;
for it is the king’s sanctuary and it is the house of the kingdom.
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Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, I am not a prophet, neither a prophet’s son;
but I was a shepherd and a gatherer of wild figs;
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And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said to me, Go, prophesy against my people Israel.
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Now therefore hear the word of the LORD: You say, Do not prophesy against the house of Israel and do not teach against the house of Isaac.
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Therefore thus says the LORD: Your wife shall play the harlot in your own city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided by line;
and you yourself shall die in a polluted land;
and Israel shall surely be carried away captive from his land.