4a)
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. 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.’ ”

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

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. But the LORD
took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go,
prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now then, hear the
word of the LORD. You say,

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

“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.’ ”

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