Amos 7 (Temporary English Version - TempEV) printable version

1 This is what my Lord Adonai showed me. Look!

He was forming locusts just as the late sowing began to grow (that is the late sowing following the king's mowings).

2 Suppose they finished eating the foliage of the land! So I said,
"My Lord Adonai, please forgive!
How can Jacob survive? For he is so small!"
3 Adonai took pity because of this;
"It shall not be,"
said Adonai.

4 This is what my Lord Adonai showed me. Look!

My Lord Adonai was calling for a judgment by fire,
and it had eaten the great deep and it was eating the promised land {allotted portion}.

5 Then I said,
"My Lord Adonai, please stop!
How can Jacob survive? For he is so small!"
6 Adonai took pity because of this;
"This also shall not be,"
said my Lord Adonai.

7 This is what he showed me. Look!

My lord was standing beside a plastered wall,
with tin in his hand.
8 And Adonai said to me,
"What do you see, Amos?"
And I said,
"Tin"
Then my lord said,
"See, I am putting grief
in the middle of my people Israel;
I will not again pass them by.
9 Isaac's high places will be made desolate,
and Israel's sanctuaries ruined,
and I will rise against Jeroboam's house with the sword."

10 Amaziah, priest of Bethel, sent to Jeroboam, King of Israel, saying:
"Amos has conspired against you in the heart of the house of Israel; the land is not able to support all his words.

11 For this is what Amos says:
`Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel will surely go into exile from its land.'"

12 And Amaziah said to Amos,
"Seer, go, run away [back] to the land of Judah,
eat your bread there, and there act the prophet;

13 but never again prophesy in Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary,
and a royal temple."

14 Then Amos answered Amaziah,
"I am no prophet, I am no member of the prophet's guild;
but I am a herdsman, and prepare sycamore [feed],
15 and Adonai took me when I was following the flock, and Adonai said to me,
'Go, prophesy to my people Israel!'

16 "So, now, hear Adonai's message. You say,
`Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.'

17 Therefore this is what Adonai says:
`Your wife shall whore in the city!
Your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
and your land shared out by measure [by the victors].
You yourself shall die in an impure land,
and Israel will surely go into exile far from her land.' "


This very literal translation was prepared by Dr Tim Bulkeley for use with this Amos commentary
(His son named it the Temporary English Version because it kept changing!)