Amos 7:15
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New International Version
But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

New Living Translation
But the LORD called me away from my flock and told me, 'Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.'

English Standard Version
But the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

Berean Study Bible
But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’

New American Standard Bible
"But the LORD took me from following the flock and the LORD said to me, 'Go prophesy to My people Israel.'

King James Bible
And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'"

Contemporary English Version
But the LORD told me to leave my herds and preach to the people of Israel.

Good News Translation
But the LORD took me from my work as a shepherd and ordered me to come and prophesy to his people Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'"

International Standard Version
But the LORD took me from tending the flock and the LORD kept saying to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

NET Bible
Then the LORD took me from tending flocks and gave me this commission, 'Go! Prophesy to my people Israel!'

New Heart English Bible
and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the LORD took me away from herding the flock and said to me, 'Prophesy to my people Israel.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said unto me: Go, prophesy unto My people Israel.

New American Standard 1977
“But the LORD took me from following the flock and the LORD said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
and the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

American King James Version
And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.

American Standard Version
and Jehovah took me from following the flock, and Jehovah said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord took me when I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me: Go, prophesy to my people Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah took me as I followed the flock, and Jehovah said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

English Revised Version
and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.

World English Bible
and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah taketh me from after the flock, and Jehovah saith unto me, Go, prophesy unto My people Israel.
Study Bible
Amaziah Accuses Amos
14“I was not a prophet,” Amos replied, “nor was I the son of a prophet; rather, I was a herdsman and a tender of sycamore-fig trees. 15But the LORD took me from following the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ 16Now, therefore, hear the word of the LORD. You say: ‘Do not prophesy against Israel; do not preach against the house of Isaac.’…
Cross References
1 Samuel 10:11
All those who had formerly known Saul and saw him prophesying with the prophets asked one another, "What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"

Jeremiah 1:7
But the LORD told me: "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' For to everyone I send you, you must go, and all that I command you, you must speak.

Jeremiah 26:12
And Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard.

Ezekiel 2:3
"Son of man," He said to me: "I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me. To this very day the Israelites and their fathers have transgressed against Me.

Ezekiel 2:4
They are obstinate and hardhearted children. I am sending you to them, and you are to say to them, 'This is what the Lord GOD says.'

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.

took.

2 Samuel 7:8 Now therefore so shall you say to my servant David, Thus said the …

Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds…

Matthew 4:18,19 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon …

Matthew 9:9 And as Jesus passed forth from there, he saw a man, named Matthew, …

as I followed. Heb. from behind. Go.

Jeremiah 1:7 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Ezekiel 2:3,4 And he said to me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, …

Luke 24:46-48 And said to them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ …

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

Acts 5:20,29-32 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life…

(15) Followed the flock.--There is no hint of any lack of education or refinement (see Introduction) through the exclusion of any special aid derived from the training of earlier prophets. In this case God's inward call had been more than sufficient.

Verse 15. - As I followed; literally, from after from behind, as in the call of David (2 Samuel 7:8; Psalm 78:70), The Divine call came to him suddenly and imperatively, and he must needs obey it. He, therefore, could not follow Amaziah's counsel. And the Lord took me as I followed the flock,.... Or "from behind" it (u); a description of a shepherd, such an one Amos was, and in this employ when the Lord called him, and took him to be a prophet; he did not seek after it, nor did he take this honour to himself; by which it appears that his mission was divine, and that he did not enter on this work with lucrative views: thus God took David in a like state of life, and made him king of Israel; and Elisha from the plough, and made him a prophet: and Christ several of his disciples from being fishermen, and made them fishers of men, or ministers of the word; and so their call appeared more clear and manifest;

and the Lord said unto me; in a vision or dream by night; or by an articulate voice he heard; or by an impulse upon his spirit, which comes from the Spirit of God:

go, prophesy unto my people Israel; for so they were by profession, and notwithstanding their apostasy; as yet they were not tallied "Loammi", Hosea 1:9; to these the prophet was bid to go out of the land of Judea, where he was a herdsman, and prophesy in the name of the Lord to them; wherefore what he did was in obedience to the command of God, and he did but his duty; and what he in this verse and Amos 7:14 declares, is a sufficient vindication of himself, his character, and conduct; and having done this, he has something to say to the priest, as follows.

(u) "de post pecus", Montanus; "de post gregem", Vatablus; "a post gregem", Liveleus. 15. took me as I followed the flock—So David was taken (2Sa 7:8; Ps 78:70, 71). Messiah is the antitypical Shepherd (Ps 23:1-6; Joh 10:1-18).

unto my people—"against" [Maurer]; so Am 7:16. Jehovah claims them still as His by right, though slighting His authority. God would recover them to His service by the prophet's ministry.7:10-17 It is no new thing for the accusers of the brethren, to misrepresent them as enemies to the king and kingdom, as traitors to their prince, and troublers of the land, when they are the best friends to both. Those who make gain their godliness, and are governed by the hopes of wealth and preferment, are ready to think these the most powerful motives with others also. But those who have a warrant from God, like Amos, ought not to fear the face of man. If God, that sent him, had not strengthened him, he could not thus have set his face as a flint. The Lord often chooses the weak and foolish things of the world to confound the wise and mighty. But no fervent prayers, or self-denying labours, can bring proud sinners to bear faithful reproofs and warnings. And all who oppose or despise the Divine word, must expect fatal effects to their souls, unless they repent.
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