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Literary structure (chiasmus, chiasm) of Book of Amos

Chiasmus and Concentric Structure of whole text


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1 Judgment on nations (1:1-2:16)
  2 Sin of Israel (3:1-15)
    3 Unbelief of Israel (4:1-11)
      4 Seek the LORD (4:12-5:8)
        5 The day of judgment (5:9-17)
          6 Festival and justice (5:18-27)
            7 Judgment on arrogant people (6:1-14)
          8 The first and second vision (7:1-6)
        9 The third vision (7:7-9)
      10 Amaziah complains to the king (7:10-17)
    11 The fourth vision (8:1-3)
  12 The God of whole world (8:4-9:10)
13 The restoration of David's kingdom (9:11-15)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Judgment on nations (1:1-2:16)
1:2 The LORD will roar from Zion, and from Jerusalem raise his voice: The pastures of the shepherds will languish, and the summit of Carmel wither. (1:2)
Wither / plant13 The restoration of David's kingdom (9:11-15)
9:15 I will plant them upon their own ground; never again shall they be plucked From the land I have given them, say I, the LORD, your God.(9:15)
2 Sin of Israel (3:1-15)
3:1 Hear this word, O men of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you, over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt: (3:1)
Exodus12 The God of whole world (8:4-9:10)
9:7 Did I not bring the Israelites from the land of Egypt As I brought the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?(9:7)
3 Unbelief of Israel (4:1-11)
4:2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness: Truly the days are coming upon you When they shall drag you away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks; (4:2)
The day of the LORD11 The fourth vision (8:1-3)
8:3 The temple songs shall become wailings on that day, says the Lord GOD. Many shall be the corpses, strewn everywhere.--Silence! (8:3)
4 Seek the LORD (4:12-5:8)
5:1 Hear this word which I utter over you, a lament, O house of Israel: (5:1)
Hear this word10 Amaziah complains to the king (7:10-17)
7:16 Now hear the word of the LORD!" You say: prophesy not against Israel, preach not against the house of Isaac. (7:16)
5 The day of judgment (5:9-17)
5:17 And in every vineyard there shall be lamentation when I pass through your midst, says the LORD. (5:17)
Midst of the people9 The third vision (7:7-9)
7:8 The LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?" And when I answered, "A plummet," the Lord said: See, I will lay the plummet in the midst of my people Israel; I will forgive them no longer. (7:8)
6 Festival and justice (5:18-27)
5:19 As if a man went to flee from a lion, and a bear should meet him; Or as if on entering his house he were to rest his hand against the wall, and a snake should bite him. (5:19)
Escaping from disaster8 The first and second vision (7:1-6)
7:3 And the LORD repented of this. "It shall not be," said the Lord GOD. (7:3)

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1 Judgment on nations (1:1-2:16)
  2 Sin of Israel (3:1-15)
    3 Unbelief of Israel (4:1-11)
      4 Seek the LORD (4:12-5:8)
    5 The day of judgment (5:9-17)
  6 Festival and justice (5:18-27)
7 Judgment on arrogant people (6:1-14)
Former halfRelationLatter half
1 Judgment on nations (1:1-2:16)
1:1 The words of Amos, a shepherd from Tekoa, which he received in vision concerning Israel, in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake: (1:1)
Earthquake / collapse of house7 Judgment on arrogant people (6:1-14)
6:11 Indeed, the LORD has given the command to shatter the great house to bits, and reduce the small house to rubble. (6:11)
2 Sin of Israel (3:1-15)
3:12 As the shepherd snatches from the mouth of the lion a pair of legs or the tip of an ear of his sheep, So the Israelites who dwell in Samaria shall escape with the corner of a couch or a piece of a cot. (3:12)
Escaping from a lion6 Festival and justice (5:18-27)
5:19 As if a man went to flee from a lion, and a bear should meet him; (5:19)
3 Unbelief of Israel (4:1-11)
4:9 I struck you with blight and searing wind; your many gardens and vineyards, your fig trees and olive trees the locust devoured; Yet you returned not to me, says the LORD. (4:9)
Disaster by the LORD5 The day of judgment (5:9-17)
5:17 And in every vineyard there shall be lamentation when I pass through your midst, says the LORD. (5:17)

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7 Judgment on arrogant people (6:1-14)
  8 The first and second vision (7:1-6)
    9 The third vision (7:7-9)
      10 Amaziah complains to the king (7:10-17)
    11 The fourth vision (8:1-3)
  12 The God of whole world (8:4-9:10)
13 The restoration of David's kingdom (9:11-15)
Former halfRelationLatter half
7 Judgment on arrogant people (6:1-14)
6:13 You rejoice in Lodebar, and say, "Have we not, by our own strength, seized for ourselves Karnaim?"(6:13)
Gaining / giving a land 13 The restoration of David's kingdom (9:11-15)
9:15 I will plant them upon their own ground; never again shall they be plucked From the land I have given them, say I, the LORD, your God.(9:15)
8 The first and second vision (7:1-6)
7:2 While they were eating all the grass in the land, I said: Forgive, O Lord GOD! How can Jacob stand? He is so small! (7:2)
Forgiveness for Jacob12 The God of whole world (8:4-9:10)
9:8 The eyes of the Lord GOD are on this sinful kingdom; I will destroy it from off the face of the earth. But I will not destroy the house of Jacob completely, says the LORD. (9:8)
9 The third vision (7:7-9)
7:8 The LORD asked me, "What do you see, Amos?" And when I answered, "A plummet," the Lord said: See, I will lay the plummet in the midst of my people Israel; I will forgive them no longer. (7:8)
I will forgive them no longer11 The fourth vision (8:1-3)
8:2 "What do you see, Amos?" he asked. I answered, "A basket of ripe fruit." Then the LORD said to me: The time is ripe to have done with my people Israel; I will forgive them no longer. (8:2)

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