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The Prophets Before the Exile

(Category 8 of 16)

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CHAPTER 6 References

1 aLuke 6:24
bPs. 123:4; Is.
32:9–11; Zeph.
1:12 cIs. 31:1;
Jer. 49:4 dEx.
19:5; Amos

Warnings to Zion and Samaria


1 Woe ato you who are at bease in Zion, And ctrust in Mount Samaria, Notable persons in the dchief nation, To whom the house of Israel comes!

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AMOS 6:2

2 aGo over to bCalneh and see; And from there go to cHamath the great; Then go down to Gath of the Philistines. dAre you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory?

3 Woe to you who aput far off the day of bdoom, cWho cause dthe seat of violence to come near;
4 Who lie on beds of ivory, Stretch out on your couches, Eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall;
5 aWho sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves bmusical instruments clike David;
6 Who adrink wine from bowls, And anoint yourselves with the best ointments, bBut are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore they shall now go acaptive as the first of the captives, And those who recline at banquets shall be removed.

8 aThe Lord GOD has sworn by Himself, The LORD God of hosts says: “I abhor bthe pride of Jacob, And hate his palaces; Therefore I will deliver up the city And all that is in it.”

9 Then it shall come to pass, that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die.
10 And when 1a relative of the dead, with one who will burn the bodies, picks up the 2bodies to take them out of the house, he will say to one inside the house, “Are there any more with you?” Then someone will say, “None.” And he will say, a“Hold your tongue! bFor we dare not mention the name of the LORD.”

11 For behold, athe LORD gives a command: bHe will break the great house into bits, And the little house into pieces.

12 Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there with oxen? Yet ayou have turned justice into gall, And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
13 You who rejoice over 1Lo Debar,

2 aJer. 2:10 bIs.
10:9 c2 Kin.
18:34 dNah.
3 aIs. 56:12
bAmos 5:18
cAmos 5:12
dPs. 94:20
5 aIs. 5:12
bAmos 5:23;
3:10 c1 Chr.
6 aAmos 2:8;
4:1 bGen.
7 aAmos 5:27
8 aJer. 51:14
bAmos 8:7
10 aAmos 5:13
bAmos 8:3
1Lit. his loved
one or uncle
2Lit. bones
11 aIs. 55:11
bAmos 3:15
12 aHos. 10:4
13 1Lit. Nothing
Horns, a symbol
14 aJer. 5:15
b1 Kin. 8:65

CHAPTER 7 References

1 1Lit. beginning
of the
sprouting of
2 aIs. 51:19
1Or How shall
Jacob stand
3 aJon. 3:10
4 1to contend
2Lit. portion
5 aAmos 7:2, 3
8 a2 Kin. 21:13
bMic. 7:18
9 aGen. 46:1
b2 Kin.15:8–10
1Places of
pagan worship
2Or holy
10 a1 Kin.
12:31, 32;
13:33 bAmos
4:4 c2 Kin.

Who say, “Have we not taken 2Karnaim for ourselves By our own strength?”

14 “But, behold, aI will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel,” Says the LORD God of hosts; “And they will afflict you from the bentrance of Hamath To the Valley of the Arabah.”

Vision of the Locusts


1 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, He formed locust swarms at the 1beginning of the late crop; indeed it was the late crop after the king’s mowings.
2 And so it was, when they had finished eating the grass of the land, that I said:

“O Lord GOD, forgive, I pray! aOh,1 that Jacob may stand, For he is small!”
3 So athe LORD relented concerning this. “It shall not be,” said the LORD.

Vision of the Fire

4 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, the Lord GOD called 1for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the 2territory.
5 Then I said:

“O Lord GOD, cease, I pray! aOh, that Jacob may stand, For he is small!”
6 So the LORD relented concerning this. “This also shall not be,” said the Lord GOD.

Vision of the Plumb Line

7 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand.
8 And the LORD said to me, “Amos,what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said:

“Behold, aI am setting a plumb line In the midst of My people Israel; bI will not pass by them anymore.
9 aThe 1high places of Isaac shall be desolate, And the 2sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. bI will rise with the sword against the house of Jeroboam.”

Amaziah’s Complaint

10 Then Amaziah the apriest of bBethel sent to cJeroboam king of

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Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to 1bear all his words.
11 “For thus Amos has said:

‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, And Israel shall surely be led away acaptive From their own land.’ ”

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos:

“Go, you seer! Flee to the land of Judah. There eat bread, And there prophesy.
13 But anever again prophesy at Bethel, bFor it is the king’s 1sanctuary, And it is the royal 2residence.”

14 Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah:

“I was no prophet, Nor was I aa son of a prophet, But I was a bsheepbreeder And a tender of sycamore fruit.
15 Then the LORD took me 1as I followed the flock, And the LORD said to me, ‘Go, aprophesy to My people Israel.’
16 Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD: You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, And ado not 1spout against the house of Isaac.’

17 “Thereforea thus says the LORD:

b‘Your wife shall be a harlot in the city; Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by survey line; You shall die in a cdefiled land; And Israel shall surely be led away captive From his own land.’ ”

Vision of the Summer Fruit


1 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.
2 And He said, “Amos, what do you see?” So I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the LORD said to me:

a“The end has come upon My people Israel; bI will not pass by them anymore.
3 And athe songs of the temple Shall be wailing in that day,” Says the Lord GOD— “Many dead bodies everywhere,

10 1Or endure
11 aAmos 5:27;
13 aAmos 2:12
b1 Kin. 12:29,
32 1Or holy
place 2Lit.
14 a1 Kin.
20:35 bZech.
15 aAmos 3:8
1Lit. from
16 aEzek. 21:2
1Lit. drip
17 aJer. 28:12;
29:21, 32
bZech. 14:2
cHos. 9:3

CHAPTER 8 References

2 aEzek. 7:2
bAmos 7:8
3 aAmos 5:23
bAmos 6:9, 10
4 1Or trample
on, Amos 2:7
5 aNeh. 13:15
bMic. 6:10, 11
cLev. 19:35, 36
1Lit. open
6 aAmos 2:6
7 aAmos 6:8
bHos. 7:2; 8:13
8 aHos. 4:3
bAmos 9:5
1The Nile;
some Heb.
mss., LXX,
Tg., Syr.,Vg.
River (cf. 9:5);
MT the light
9 aJob 5:14
1Lit. a day of
10 aEzek. 7:18
bEzek. 27:31
c[Zech. 12:10] 11 aEzek. 7:26
12 aHos. 5:6

AMOS 8:13

bThey shall be thrown out in silence.”

4 Hear this, you who 1swallow up the needy, And make the poor of the land fail,

5 Saying:

“When will the New Moon be past, That we may sell grain? And athe Sabbath, That we may 1trade wheat? bMaking the ephah small and the shekel large, Falsifying the scales by cdeceit,
6 That we may buy the poor for asilver, And the needy for a pair of sandals— Even sell the bad wheat?”

7 The LORD has sworn by athe pride of Jacob: “Surely bI will never forget any of their works.
8 aShall the land not tremble for this, And everyone mourn who dwells in it? All of it shall swell like 1the River, Heave and subside bLike the River of Egypt.

9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord GOD, a“That I will make the sun go down at noon, And I will darken the earth in 1broad daylight;
10 I will turn your feasts into amourning, bAnd all your songs into lamentation; cI will bring sackcloth on every waist, And baldness on every head; I will make it like mourning for an only son, And its end like a bitter day.

11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But aof hearing the words of the LORD.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, But shall anot find it.

13 “In that day the fair virgins And strong young men Shall faint from thirst.

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AMOS 8:14

14 Those who aswear by bthe 1sin of Samaria, Who say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan!’ And, ‘As the way of cBeersheba lives!’ They shall fall and never rise again.”

The Destruction of Israel


1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:

“Strike the 1doorposts, that the thresholds may shake, And abreak them on the heads of them all. I will slay the last of them with the sword. bHe who flees from them shall not get away, And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.

2 “Thougha they dig into 1hell, From there My hand shall take them; bThough they climb up to heaven, From there I will bring them down;
3 And though they ahide themselves on top of Carmel, From there I will search and take them; Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea, From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them;
4 Though they go into captivity before their enemies, From there aI will command the sword, And it shall slay them. bI will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good.”

5 The Lord GOD of hosts, He who touches the earth and it amelts, bAnd all who dwell there mourn; All of it shall swell like 1the River, And subside like the River of Egypt.
6 He who builds His alayers1 in the sky, And has founded His strata in the earth; Who bcalls for the waters of the sea, And pours them out on the face of the earth— cThe LORD is His name.

14 aHos. 4:15
bDeut. 9:21
cAmos 5:5 1Or
Ashima, a
Syrian goddess

CHAPTER 9 References

1 aPs. 68:21;
Hab. 3:13
bAmos 2:14
1Capitals of
the pillars
2 aPs. 139:8;
Jer. 23:24 bJob
20:6; Jer.
51:53; Obad.
4; Matt. 11:23
1Or Sheol
3 aJer. 23:24
4 aLev. 26:33
bLev. 17:10;
Jer. 21:10;
39:16; 44:11
5 aPs. 104:32;
144:5; Is. 64:1;
Mic. 1:4
bAmos 8:8
1The Nile
6 aPs. 104:3, 13
bAmos 5:8
cAmos 4:13;
5:27 1Or stairs
7 aJer. 47:4
bDeut. 2:23
cAmos 1:5
1Lit. sons of
the Ethiopians
8 aJer. 44:27;
Amos 9:4 bJer.
5:10; 30:11;
[Joel 2:32];
Amos 3:12;
[Obad. 16, 17] 9 a[Is. 65:8–16] 1shake 2Lit.
10 a[Is. 28:15];
Jer. 5:12;
Amos 6:3
11 aActs
15:16–18 1Lit.
booth; a figure
of a
deposed dynasty
wall up its
12 aObad. 19
bNum. 24:18;
Is. 11:14 1LXX
13 aLev. 26:5
bJoel 3:18
14 aPs. 53:6; Is.
60:4; Jer. 30:3,
18 bIs. 61:4
15 aIs. 60:21;
Ezek. 34:28;

7 “Are you not like the 1people of Ethiopia to Me, O children of Israel?” says the LORD. “Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, The aPhilistines from bCaphtor,2 And the Syrians from cKir?

8 “Behold, athe eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom, And I bwill destroy it from the face of the earth; Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” Says the LORD.

9 “For surely I will command, And will 1sift the house of Israel among all nations, As grain is sifted in a sieve; aYet not the smallest 2grain shall fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, aWho say, ‘The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.’

Israel Will Be Restored

11 “Ona that day I will raise up The 1tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, And 2repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, And rebuild it as in the days of old;
12 aThat they may possess the remnant of bEdom,1 And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” Says the LORD who does this thing.

13 “Behold, athe days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; bThe mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it.
14 aI will bring back the captives of My people Israel; bThey shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
15 I will plant them in their land, aAnd no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God.

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Laboring and Prospering with the LORD

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 UNLESS the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless athe LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To aeat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

PSALM 127 References

1 a[Ps.
121:3–5] 2 a[Gen. 3:17,
19] 3 a[Gen. 33:5;
Josh. 24:3, 4;
Ps. 113:9] bDeut. 7:13;
28:4; Is. 13:18
c[Ps. 113:9] 5 aPs. 128:2, 3
bJob 5:4; Prov.

3 Behold, achildren are a heritage from the LORD, bThe fruit of the womb is a creward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
5 aHappy is the man who has his quiver full of them; bThey shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.




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