Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, â€˜Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said,
â€œJeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.â€ â€™
And Amaziah said to Amos, â€˜O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the kingâ€™s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.â€™
Then Amos answered Amaziah, â€˜I am no prophet, nor a prophetâ€™s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycomore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, â€œGo, prophesy to my people Israel.â€
â€˜Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
You say, â€œDo not prophesy against Israel,
and do not preach against the house of Isaac.â€
Therefore, thus says the Lord:
â€œYour wife shall become a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
and your land shall be parcelled out by line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.â€ â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.