Amos 7 begins a new section of the book of Amos. At this point the prophet switches from typical prophetic sayings or oracles (such as ‘hear this word’ or ‘the words of Amos’ or ‘thus says the LORD’) to prophetic visions; that is, visual representations of God’s will that may or may not require interpretation (Amos 7-9).
Chapter 7 contains three of the five visions of this section. After seeing the first two visions, Amos intercedes for the people asking God to stop the judgment. In the third vision, Amos sees a plumb line measuring tool that the LORD sets amid Israel to determine their level of devotion to Him. This time Amos does not intercede for Israel because the Suzerain God says He will not relent.
At this point in the chapter, the visions are interrupted. A priest named Amaziah confronts the prophet to get him to stop prophesying judgment. The prophet responds by defending his prophetic ministry and by proclaiming judgment against Amaziah. The chapter can be outlined as follows: