New Defender's Study Bible Notes
7:4 GOD shewed. The Lord “shewed” Amos, apparently in a vision, two contemplated judgments on Israel. First, he saw a plague of grasshoppers devastating the whole land (Amos 7:1-2). Then, he saw a fire which would devour the “great deep” (Amos 7:4), probably all the underground reservoirs of water. Either would result in the death of the entire population, and God repented of both, in answer to the prayers of Amos (Amos 7:3,5-6).
7:7 plumbline. In a third vision, soon to be implemented, God showed Amos a high, straight wall, straight as a plumbline, which would separate God from His people, leaving them completely vulnerable to the invading Assyrians who would soon be coming.
7:10 priest of Beth-el. Jeroboam I had set up an order of priests at his schismatic altar at Beth-el (I Kings 12:31-32), and Amaziah was one of the false priests in this line. Seeing his prestige and position being undermined by Amos, he petitioned the king to have Amos silenced, while also urging Amos to leave the country. How often it is that false teachers seek to use their political power to hinder true teachers of God’s Word!
7:11 thus Amos saith. Amos did not say this. He said that God would rise against “the house of Jeroboam with the sword” (Amos 7:9). Jeroboam apparently died a natural death, but his son, Zachariah, was assassinated (II Kings 15:8-12). Furthermore, Israel was later led away captive out of her land.