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Threatened judgments turned aside by the prayer of Amos, ver. 1 - 6.
Yet at length they are sentenced to utter ruin, ver. 7 - 9.
Amaziah accuses Amos, ver. 10 - 13.
Amos justifies himself and denounces the judgment of God against
Amaziah, ver. 14 - 17.
1: 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.
2: It came to pass - In the vision. By whom - How shall any of
Jacob escape, if thou dost cast him down?
3: Repented - This is spoken after the manner of men.
4: Shewed - In vision. Called - Commanded fire from heaven.
A part - Of the land too.
7: By a plumb - line - Strongly and beautifully built.
8: 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
9: The high places - The temples on high mountains built to idols.
Of Isaac - The seed of Isaac.
10: 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.
11: Jeroboam shall die - He nowhere said so, but spake of his house
distinguished from his person, as ver.(9).
13: The king's court - To which therefore thou oughtest to shew more
respect, and not thus to affront the king in his own house.
14: 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.
16: The house of Isaac - The posterity of Isaac.
17: In a polluted land - Among the Heathen.
Israel - The ten tribes.