So the Lord relented concerning this.
“This also shall not be,” said the Lord God.
God responds to the hidden intercession of the prophet by relenting. That is, He changes His mind because He is deeply moved by Amos’ plea. This is a puzzling mystery but also a glorious reality. At times, God does relent from pouring out His wrath on a nation. Contrary to popular thinking, the God of the Bible is not some rigid deity or some inflexible machine; instead, He personally responds in a dynamic dialogue with those who fervently pray and intercede for their nation.