Detailed outline of the Book of Amos

  1. Superscription (1:1)
  2. Introduction to Amos’s Message (1:2)
  3. Oracles against the Nations, including Judah and Israel (1:3—2:16)
    1. Judgment on Aram (1:3–5)
    2. Judgment on Philistia (1:6–8)
    3. Judgment on Phoenicia (1:9–10)
    4. Judgment on Edom (1:11–12)
    5. Judgment on Ammon (1:13–15)
    6. Judgment on Moab (2:1–3)
    7. Judgment on Judah (2:4–5)
    8. Judgment on Israel (2:6–16)
      1. Ruthless oppression of the poor (2:6–7a)
      2. Unbridled profanation of religion (2:7b–8)
      3. Contrasted position of the Israelites (2:9–12)
      4. The oppressive system will perish (2:13–16)
  4. Oracles against Israel (3:1—5:17)
    1. Judgment on the Chosen People (ch. 3)
      1. God’s punishment announced (3:1–2)
      2. The announcement vindicated (3:3–8)
      3. The punishment vindicated (3:9–15)
    2. Judgment on an Unrepentant People (ch. 4)
      1. Judgment on the socialites (4:1–3)
      2. Perversion of religious life (4:4–5)
      3. Past calamities brought no repentance (4:6–11)
      4. No hope for a hardened people (4:12–13)
    3. Judgment on an Unjust People (5:1–17)
      1. The death dirge (5:1–3)
      2. Exhortation to life (5:4–6)
      3. Indictment of injustices (5:7–13)
      4. Exhortation to life (5:14–15)
      5. Prosperity will turn to grief (5:16–17)
  5. Announcements of Exile (5:18—6:14)
    1. A Message of Woe against Israel’s Perverted Religion (5:18–27)
    2. A Message of Woe against Israel’s Complacent Pride (6:1–7)
    3. A Sworn Judgment on the Proud and Unjust Nation (6:8–14)
  6. Visions of Divine Retribution (7:1—9:10)
    1. Judgment Relented (7:1–6)
      1. A swarm of locusts (7:1–3)
      2. A consuming fire (7:4–6)
    2. Judgment Unrelented (7:7—9:10)
      1. The plumb line (7:7–17)
        1. The vision (7:7–9)
        2. Amos challenged and vindicated (7:10–17)
    3. The basket of ripe fruit (ch. 8)
      1. The vision (8:1–3)
      2. The exposition (8:4–14)
    4. The Lord by the altar (9:1–10)
      1. The vision (9:1–4)
      2. The exposition (9:5–10)
  7. Restored Israel’s Blessed Future (9:11–15)
    1. Revival of the House of David (9:11–12)
    2. Restoration of Israel to an Edenic Promised Land (9:13–15)
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