G30   AMOS

The prophet Amos tells us much about himself and about the shortcomings of Israel the northern kingdom, which he, a man of Judah in the south, was called by God to denounce. His message is one of uncompromising judgement upon a people who lack a sense of social justice, religious purity and compassion. The "Day of the Lord" will overwhelm them.
Amos 1.vv.1-2, and 3.vv.1-2

The prophet is so concerned with the Day of Wrath that he says little about God's forgiveness; though he does hint at it in chapter 5.1v14-15.
Amos 5.vv.1-2, and vv.6-24

The theme of "uprightness" is taken up in a vision of Amos in which the "upright" Lord declares His judgement upon Israel. The oracles of Amos, however, so vexed the religious authorities of the north that they sought to banish the troublesome prophet through the priest Amaziah, who was himself greeted by rebuke and condemnation from Amos.
Amos 7.vv.7-17

Amos predicts not only a famine affecting the land and the people but also speaks of a "famine" of the word or guidance of God.
Amos 8.vv.1-12

There is no firm evidence that the book originally ended at chapter 9 verse 11, but the gracious ending of the book hardly accords with the stern warnings and predictions of the dark "Day of the Lord". Perhaps it is an addition designed to mitigate the gloomy predictions, but its (undoubtedly genuine) note of hope is in keeping with the many predictions found elsewhere in the prophetic writings of pardon and restoration for God's people.
Amos 9.vv.11-15

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