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The Book of Amos was written by a shepherd of Tekoa, named Amos during the reigns of Uzziah of Judah and Jeroboam II of Israel. It was written two years before a very well known earthquake in Israel.[1]

Amos preached of hard times to come for all the nations in the region[2]. His messages addressed the sin of the people and the consequences that are to follow[3]. At one point Amaziah, a priest of the false religion of the northern kingdom accuses Amos of treason and receives a frightful prophecy concerning his family[4]. At the end of his messages of doom, the prophet gives a word of hope for a better future[5].

Rhetorical Questions[]

Do two men walk together unless they have made an appointment?
Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey?
Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has captured something ?
Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it?
Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?

If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?

If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it?


  1. Amos 1:1 (Link)
  2. Amos 1:3,6,11,13; 2:1,4,6 (Link)
  3. Amos 6:18; 7:8-9 (Link)
  4. Amos 7:10-17 (Link)
  5. Amos 9:11-15 (Link)

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