Am 7:1
7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he
    formed {a} grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up
    of the latter growth; and, lo, [it was] the latter growth
    {b} after the king's mowings.

    (a) To devour the land: and he alludes to the invading of
        the enemies.
    (b) After the public commandment for mowing was given: or as
        some read, when the kings sheep were shorn.

Am 7:3
7:3 The LORD {c} repented for this: It shall not be, saith the

    (c) That is, stopped this plague at my prayer.

Am 7:4
7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord
    GOD called to contend by fire, {d} and it devoured the great
    deep, and did eat up a part.

    (d) Meaning, that God's indignation was inflamed against the
        stubbornness of this people.

Am 7:7
7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall
    [made] by a plumbline, {e} with a plumbline in his hand.

    (e) Signifying that this would be the last measuring of the
        people, and that he would defer his judgment no longer.

Am 7:10
7:10 {f} Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king
     of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the
     midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear
     all his words.

     (f) That is, when Amos had prophesied that the king would
         be destroyed: for the wicked priest more for hatred he
         had for the Prophet than for love toward the king,
         thought this accusation sufficient to condemn him.
         However, only what the Prophet said could take place.

Am 7:12
7:12 Also {g} Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee
     away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and
     prophesy there:

     (g) When this instrument of Satan was not able to
         accomplish his purpose by the king, he tried by another
         practice, that was, to scare the Prophet, that he might
         depart, and not reprove their idolatry there openly,
         and so hinder his profit.

Am 7:14
7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I [was] no {h}
     prophet, neither [was] I a prophet's son; but I [was] an
     herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

     (h) Thus he shows by his extraordinary calling, that God
         had given him a charge, which he must necessarily

Am 7:17
7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; {i} Thy wife shall be an
     harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall
     fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line;
     and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall
     surely go into captivity forth of his land.

     (i) In this way God used to approve the authority of his
         Prophets, by his plagues and judgments against those
         who were malicious enemies as in Jer 28:12-17
         \\29:21-26\\, as this day he does against those that
         persecute the ministers of his Gospel.