3:8 A lion has roared!10 Who is not afraid?
The sovereign Lord has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy?11
|10||sn The roar of the lion is here a metaphor for impending judgment (see 1:2; cf. 3:4, 12). Verses 7–8 justify Amos’ prophetic ministry and message of warning and judgment. The people should expect a prophetic message prior to divine action.|
|11||sn Who can refuse to prophesy? When a message is revealed, the prophet must speak, and the news of impending judgment should cause people to fear|