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Friday, May 2, 2014

Amos 7: Locusts, Fire, and a Plumb-Line

Amos 7

Locusts, Fire, and a Plumb-Line

7This is what the Lord God showed me: he was forming locusts at the time the latter growth began to sprout (it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings). 2When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said,
‘O Lord God, forgive, I beg you!
   How can Jacob stand?
   He is so small!’ 
3 The Lord relented concerning this;
   ‘It shall not be,’ said the Lord
4 This is what the Lord God showed me: the Lord God was calling for a shower of fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. 5Then I said,
‘O Lord God, cease, I beg you!
   How can Jacob stand?
   He is so small!’ 
6 The Lord relented concerning this;
   ‘This also shall not be,’ said the Lord God
7 This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. 8And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb-line.’ Then the Lord said,
‘See, I am setting a plumb-line
   in the midst of my people Israel;
   I will never again pass them by; 
9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
   and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
   and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.’

(From http://bible.oremus.org/)