For evil, and not for good
I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said,
Smite the lintel of the
door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and
I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he
that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
I saw God standing on the altar, and he said, 
Smite this building so hard that it falls down on the heads of all the people.
I will kill any survivors with a sword. No one will escape.
Though they dig into
hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven,
thence will I bring them down:
If they try to dig into hell, I'll be there to kill them.
If they climb their way into heaven, I'll bring them down.
And though they hide
themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid
from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent,
and he shall bite them:
If they climb to the top of Mount Carmel, I find them.
If they hide in the bottom of the sea, I'll command the serpent to bite them.
And though they go
into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and
it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for
If they are enslaved by their enemies, I'll find them and kill them with the sword.
I'll do things that are evil to them, not good. 
And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt,
and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a
flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his
troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth
them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.
Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel?
saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and
the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
God will touch the land, and it will melt.
Everyone will mourn.
Then there'll be a flood that drowns them all.
Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and
I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly
destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all
nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain
fall upon the earth.
My eyes are on the sinful kingdom.
I'll destroy it all, except for some of Jacob's descendants.
All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil
shall not overtake nor prevent us.
All the sinners among my people will die with the sword.
A happy ending? - They'll drink wine
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and
close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will
build it as in the days of old:
That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which
are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the
reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains
shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
the mountains will drip sweet wine,
and all the hills will melt.
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they
shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant
vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat
the fruit of them.
They will plant vineyards, and drink wine.
And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up
out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
I will return my people to the land that I gave them, and they will never be removed from it. 
- I saw the LORD standing upon the altar. (v.1)
I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
Amos sees God standing on the altar. God tells Amos that he will "cut them in the head" and "
slay the last of them with the sword." Any that try to escape by diving to the bottom of the sea will be bitten,
at God's command, by a sea-serpent. God will set his "eyes upon them for evil, not for good."
Can God be seen?
DWB: How many more will God kill?
- I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. (v.4)
What the Bible says about Evil
- They shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them. (v.15)
Despite this promise, the Jews have been continually uprooted and their lives disrupted. Even today,
their land is far from secure.
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- What does God look like (according
to the Bible? (Amos 9:1)