HE HADN’T intended to be a prophet, but that’s the work to which the Lord called him. Amos, a contemporary of Isaiah, was a shepherd from south of Jerusalem in the kingdom of Judah. However, he devoted most of the nine chapters of his book to warning the northern kingdom of Israel about its imminent doom — a judgment decreed by God.
So said Moses to the Israelites as he recounted their history before entering Canaan. Wouldn’t a future editor, wanting to make Moses appear more, say, statesmanlike or holy, have tried to make him sound less whiny?