Amos 7 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

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Verse 1

[1] Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.

Thus — This is the first of five prophetic representations of what was coming upon this people.

The latter growth — The shooting up of the first growth being too luxuriant, they often eat it down with cattle; but if the second growth were eat up, it marred the whole harvest.

Mowed — It is supposed the first mowing of the corn in the blade was for the king's use; and after this the second springing grew up to the harvest.

Verse 2

[2] And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

It came to pass — In the vision.

By whom — How shall any of Jacob escape, if thou dost cast him down?

Verse 3

[3] The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

Repented — This is spoken after the manner of men.

Verse 4

[4] Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

Shewed — In vision.

Called — Commanded fire from heaven.

A part — Of the land too.

Verse 7

[7] Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

By a plumb-line — Strongly and beautifully built.

Verse 8

[8] And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

Set a plumb-line — I will exactly measure the whole ten tribes.

Pass by them — I will no more forbear, but will pull down all that is faulty.

Verse 9

[9] And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

The high places — The temples on high mountains built to idols.

Of Isaac — The seed of Isaac.

Verse 10

[10] Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

In the midst — Openly, and publickly, endeavouring to stir up Israel to sedition or rebellion.

The land — The people cannot bear all his harsh predictions.

Verse 11

[11] For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

Jeroboam shall die — He nowhere said so, but spake of his house distinguished from his person, as verse 9.

Verse 13

[13] But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.

The king's court — To which therefore thou oughtest to shew more respect, and not thus to affront the king in his own house.

Verse 14

[14] Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

No prophet — Not originally, or by study, or by any human designation.

An herdman — By breeding and occupation I was and still am, an herdman.

Sycamore fruit — This fruit was good food for man, or cattle.

Verse 16

[16] Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

The house of Isaac — The posterity of Isaac.

Verse 17

[17] Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

In a polluted land — Among the Heathen.

Israel — The ten tribes.