Amos. Coastland University. Key Verse. Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. . The Writing Prophets of the Divided Kingdom Stage. Who Was Amos?. Amos means “burden” or “borne” Layman, shepherd, and ‘tended’ to fig trees
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Amos 7,14 - I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a gatherer of sycamore fruit.
The English phrase “gatherer of sycamore fruits” is an “odd” translation of the Hebrew Boless shikmim
Shikmim = sycamores = wild figs
Boless = obscure, mentioned only once in the Bible
The Hebrew word for gatherer is Ossef
The Hebrew word for gash is boless
Thus, boless probably means gash,pierce, or wound
Bas-relief showing a sycomore tree with gashed fruit. Found at Thebes, Egypt.
14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs. 15 But the LORD took me from following the flock and the LORD said to me, 'Go prophesy to My people Israel.'16 And now hear the word of the LORD: you are saying, 'You shall not prophesy against Israel nor shall you speak against the house of Isaac.'
“For three sins of _______, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].”
message to Jeroboam: (7:10-11)