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Amos 7:1

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Symbolic Visions of Judgment

7:1 The sovereign Lord showed me this: I saw 1  him making locusts just as the crops planted late 2  were beginning to sprout. (The crops planted late sprout after the royal harvest. 3 )

Amos 7:4

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7:4 The sovereign Lord showed me this: I saw 4  the sovereign Lord summoning a shower of fire. 5  It consumed the great deep and devoured the fields.

1 tn Heb “behold” or “look.”

2 sn The crops planted late (consisting of vegetables) were planted in late January-early March and sprouted in conjunction with the spring rains of March-April. For a discussion of the ancient Israelite agricultural calendar, see O. Borowski, Agriculture in Iron Age Israel, 31-44.

3 tn Or “the mowings of the king.”

sn This royal harvest may refer to an initial mowing of crops collected as taxes by the royal authorities.

4 tn Heb “behold” or “look.”

5 tc The Hebrew appears to read, “summoning to contend with fire,” or “summoning fire to contend,” but both are problematic syntactically (H. W. Wolff, Joel and Amos [Hermeneia], 292; S. M. Paul, Amos [Hermeneia], 230-31). Many emend the text to לרבב אשׁ, “(calling) for a shower of fire,” though this interpretation is also problematic (see F. I. Andersen and D. N. Freedman, Amos [AB], 746-47).



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