Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Title and Writer

Date

Place of Composition

Audience and Purpose

Historical Background

Unity

Theology

Structure and Style

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. Prologue 1:1-2

A. Introduction 1:1

B. Theme 1:2

II. Prophetic messages that Amos delivered 1:36:14

A. Oracles against nations 1:32:16

1. An oracle against Aram 1:3-5

2. An oracle against Philistia 1:6-8

3. An oracle against Phoenicia 1:9-10

4. An oracle against Edom 1:11-12

5. An oracle against Ammon 1:13-15

6. An oracle against Moab 2:1-3

7. An oracle against Judah 2:4-5

8. An oracle against Israel 2:6-16

Israel's recent sins 2:6-8

God's past grace 2:9-11

Israel's response to God's grace 2:12

Israel's consequent punishment 2:13-16

B. Messages of Judgment against Israel chs. 36

1. The first message on sins against God and man ch. 3

Israel's unique relationship with Yahweh 3:1-2

Israel's inevitable judgment by Yahweh 3:3-8

Israel's unparalleled oppression from God 3:9-10

Israel's coming catastrophe from Yahweh 3:11-15

2. The second message on women, worship, and willfulness ch. 4

Economic exploitation 4:1-3

Religious hypocrisy 4:4-5

Refusal to repent 4:6-11

The inevitable outcome 4:12-13

3. The third message on injustice 5:1-17

A description of certain judgment 5:1-3

A call for individual repentance 5:4-6

An accusation of legal injustice 5:7

A portrayal of sovereign Yahweh 5:8-9

Another accusation of legal injustice 5:10-13

Another call for individual repentance 5:14-15

Another description of certain judgment 5:16-17

4. The fourth message on unacceptable worship 5:18-27

A description of inevitable judgment 5:18-20

An accusation of religious hypocrisy 5:21-22

A call for individual repentance 5:23-24

Another accusation of religious hypocrisy 5:25-26

Another description of inevitable judgment 5:27

5. The fifth message on complacency and pride ch. 6

The boastful complacency of Israel's leaders 6:1-3

The luxurious indulgence of the Samaritans 6:4-7

The complete devastation of Samaria 6:8-14

III. Visions that Amos saw chs. 79

A. Three short visions of impending judgment 7:1-9

1. The swarming locusts 7:1-3

2. The devouring fire 7:4-6

3. The plumb line 7:7-9

B. An intervening incident 7:10-17

1. The challenge 7:10-13

2. The response 7:14-17

C. Two more visions of impending judgment chs. 89

1. The basket of summer fruit ch. 8

The vision proper 8:1-3

The sins of the people 8:4-6

The wailing of the sufferers 8:7-10

The silence of Yahweh 8:11-14

2. The Lord standing by the altar ch. 9

Yahweh's inescapable punishment 9:1-4

The God who would punish 9:5-6

The justice of His punishment 9:7-10

The restoration of the Davidic kingdom 9:11-12

The blessings of the restored kingdom 9:13-15

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