The Bible and its Story: Amos Driven from Israel

At First the rebukes of Amos were directed against vice in general; but as he went on from day to day, his prophecies of approaching disaster became more specific, his denunciations attacked individuals high in Israel. A plague of grasshoppers, he declared, would sweep over the land and impoverish it; fire from the Lord would almost destroy it. Finally Amos assailed the king directly, declaring that God would avenge this wickedness upon the entire race of Jeroboam.

‎At this, the high-priest of the land went to Jeroboam and reported that Amos conspired against his sovereignty, and that the people were so aroused that “the land is not able to bear all his words.” Amos defended himself viy-orously, declaring he was no conspirator but a prophet, that God had laid the future bare before him, and what he saw he must foretell; Israel was doomed to captivity. Even the high-priest himself, said Amos grimly, should encounter hideous misfortunes and at length “die in a polluted land.” With this defiant leave-taking, Amos was driven out of Samaria.

by Julius A. Bewer; Charles F. Horne

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