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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 7

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Vision of Locusts. 1This is what the LORD GOD showed me: He was forming a locust swarm when the late growth began to come up (the late growth after the king's mowing*)2While they were eating all the grass in the land, I said:

Forgive, O Lord GOD! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!

3And the LORD repented of this. “It shall not be,” said the Lord GOD.

Vision of Fire. 7Then the Lord GOD showed me this: he called for a judgment by* It had devoured the great abyss, and was consuming the land, 5when I said:

Cease, O Lord GOD! How can Jacob stand? He is so small!

6The LORD repented of this. “This also shall not be,” said the Lord GOD.

Vision of the Plummet. 7Then the Lord GOD showed me this: he was standing by a wall, plummet in hand.* 8“The LORD asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” And when I, answered, “A plummet,” the LORD said:

See, I will lay the plummet in the midst of my people Israel; I will forgive them no longer. 9The high places of Isaac shall be laid waste, and the sanctuaries of Israel made desolate; I will attack the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

Amos and Amaziah. 1010Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam, king of Israel: “Amos has conspired against you here within Israel; the country cannot endure all his words. 11For this is what Amos says:

Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.”

12To Amos, Amaziah said: “Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, 13but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary and a royal temple.” 14Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores.* 15The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel. 16Now hear the word of the LORD!”

You say: prophesy not against Israel, preach not against the house of Isaac. 17Now thus says the LORD: Your wife shall be made a harlot in the city, and your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by measuring line, and you yourself shall die in an unclean land; Israel shall be exiled far from its land.

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