plumb line

plumb line

A length of string or light rope with a weight (Lat. plumbum, “lead”) attached at one end that, when suspended by the other end, will show a true vertical line. It is used in the construction of any object that needs to be vertically true, such as a wall of a building or a fence. Amos sees the Lord with a plumb line in his hand, which he is using to test Israel. As a result of that test, Israel, for failing to be “plumb” with God, will be destroyed (Amos 7:7-9).

Amos 7:7-9

7This is what he showed me: the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.8And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do ... View more

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