In chapter eight, Amos envisions a basket of summer fruit, the ripening of which suggests that its end has come. This vision symbolizes that the end of the northern kingdom of Israel has come and that the LORD will spare them no longer.
Amos then turns his attention to the Israelite merchants who cheat in the marketplace by using dishonest scales in their transactions while hypocritically retaining an outward façade of devotion to God. Amos tells the merchants that God’s judgment on them will result in widespread lamentation, causing their joyous festivals and songs to turn into mourning, sorrow, and grief.
Finally, Amos predicts a widespread famine and drought that will plague the kingdom of Israel. This famine will not be a famine of food or water, but rather a starvation for hearing the words of the LORD. The chapter’s outline is as follows: