Understanding the Scriptures
|Hath no prey (v. 4)||Has not killed anything to eat|
|Snare (v. 5)||Trap|
|Tumults (v. 9)||Noise and confusion|
|Adversary (v. 11)||Enemy|
|Horns of the altar shall be cut off (v. 14)||Their worship of God had become a powerless and empty form. (Horns were a symbol of power.)|
|Winter house, summer house (v. 15)||Homes of the wealthy who had ignored God and His prophets|
Amos 3:7—The Lord Always Calls Prophets to Deliver His Word
Amos 3:7 contains a truth that is very important to the message of the Restoration: God always works through prophets to establish His word and His works among men. After quoting Amos 3:7, Elder LeGrand Richards said: “Now if we understand that, no one can look for a work here upon this earth that isn’t headed by a prophet. The Lord has never done a work that he has recognized without a prophet at its head” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1975, 75; or Ensign, Nov. 1975, 50).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Amos 3.
Scripture Mastery—Amos 3:7
In Amos 3:3–6, Amos asked seven questions, the answers to which were obviously “no.” He asked those questions to make a point in verse 7 that he felt was just as sure. What did Amos say would “surely” happen? (see also 1 Nephi 22:2).
Give an example of a “secret” the Lord has revealed in our day and how it has blessed the lives of those who listen and obey.