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Amos 7 - NIV

Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line

1 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up.

2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

3 So the Lord relented.
“This will not happen,” the Lord said.

4 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: The Sovereign Lord was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land.

5 Then I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”

6 So the Lord relented.
“This will not happen either,” the Sovereign Lord said.

7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb,[a] with a plumb line[b] in his hand.

8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”
“A plumb line,” I replied.
Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.


“The high places of Isaac will be destroyed
and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined;
with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.”

Amos and Amaziah

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.

11 For this is what Amos is saying:

“‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
and Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.’”

12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.

13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”

14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.

15 But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

16 Now then, hear the word of the Lord. You say,

“‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’

17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Your land will be measured and divided up,
and you yourself will die in a pagan[c] country.
And Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.’”


a. Amos 7:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain; also in verse 8.
b. Amos 7:7 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
c. Amos 7:17 Hebrew an unclean

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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Jan, 2013
Summary: God's warning is an act of grace, an act of love and a gift of hope. His desire is not to condemn but to save.
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Shared by: Davon Huss on Oct, 2012
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Shared by: Damian Phillips on Jun, 2012
Summary: This message challenges all to consider the one true standard of holiness. The Lord has set a plumb line in our midst, and He has shown us His highest standard of excellence. The standard by which God measures each of us is His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Dec, 2011
Summary: A sermon emphasising the righteousness of God.
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Shared by: Keith Peters on Jul, 2011
Summary: Discusses ways in which we should make preparations for eternity.
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Shared by: Alison Bucklin on Jun, 2011
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Shared by: Dan Cormie on Aug, 2010
Summary: God is not seeker sensitive!
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Scripture: Amos 7:10-17
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Shared by: Dan Cormie on Aug, 2010
Summary: The visions of Amos - God’s Warnings - Locusts, Fire, A Plumb Line, and Ripe Fruit
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Shared by: Craig Benner on Oct, 2009
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Shared by: Pat Damiani on Aug, 2009
Summary: Amos has three visions which demonstrate that there will come a point when God gets fed up and He will not relent from His judgment.
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Aug, 2009
Summary: Able body men to take a stand.
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Shared by: Daniel Habben on Jul, 2009
Summary: This world is filled with Amaziahs. They’re people (including ourselves) who think they can have spirituality without the light of God’s Word.
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Shared by: Charles Scott on Jul, 2009
Summary: Amos uses the Plumb Line as a metaphor to explain that both nation and the religious establishment are under judgment for being "out of line"; unrighteous.
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Shared by: Matt Hoffmann on Jul, 2009
Summary: God’s Plumb Line (His Law) isn’t dumb! It speaks to us about our sin. But we are blessed that God isn’t silent about his grace either, that reaches out to us from the cross
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Jul, 2009
Summary: There are prophets in every age speaking for God. In our age Pope Benedict has called us to look at Charity in Truth, and consider our responsibilities to the world economically.
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Shared by: Leonard Davis on May, 2009
Summary: If we expect God to use us to do the work of the kingdom, then we will have to be faithful in proclaiming the truth even in the face of opposition and ridicule.
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Shared by: Howard Strickland on Jul, 2008
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Shared by: Matthew Sickling on Jul, 2008
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Shared by: Dean Rhine on May, 2008
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Shared by: Scott Carroll on Mar, 2008
Summary: WITNESS
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Shared by: Jim Drake on Sep, 2007
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Shared by: Jim Drake on Aug, 2007
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Shared by: Mike McGuire on Feb, 2007
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Scripture: Amos 7:7-9
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Shared by: Douglas Bryan on Jul, 2005
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Shared by: Aaron Householder on Sep, 2004
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Shared by: Joe Mack Cherry on Jul, 2004
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Shared by: Bobby Roger on Feb, 2004
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