2. The argument of the Prophecy.
Now, Amos was trained in no liberal arts, yet with elegant, pointed, and concise eloquence he threatens the destruction of the Kingdom and Priesthood in the ten tribes and in the tribe of Judah, with their exceedingly grievous sins recalled, idolatry, inhumanity, and luxury; and earnestly calls to repentance, with the verdicts against the neighboring nations gathered, composed out of the just judgment of the Lord and the sins of men. He carries himself with hostility towards the religious rites of Jeroboam, and to the soothing song of the Priests. Finally, the believer is comforted with the erection of the Kingdom of Christ, and the promised blessing of it.