Amos 6

“Those at Ease in Zion”

1 a  Woe to those who are at ease in Zion
And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
The b  distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.
2Go over to c  Calneh and look,
And go from there to d  Hamath the great,
Then go down to e  Gath of the Philistines.
Or you
they better than these kingdoms,
Or is their territory greater than yours?
3Do you g  put off the day of calamity,
And would you h  bring near the seat of violence?

4Those who recline on beds of ivory
And sprawl on their i  couches,
And j  eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall,
5Who improvise to the sound of the harp,
And like David have
Or invented musical instruments
composed l  songs for themselves,
6Who m  drink wine from
Lit sprinkling basins
sacrificial bowls
While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,
Yet they have not o  grieved over the ruin of Joseph.
7Therefore, they will now p  go into exile at the head of the exiles,
And the q  sprawlers’
Or cultic feasts
banqueting will
Lit turn aside
pass away.

8The Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God has u  sworn by Himself, the  Lord God of hosts has declared:
“I v  loathe the arrogance of Jacob,
Lit hate
detest his x  citadels;
Therefore I will y  deliver up the city and
Lit its fullness
all it contains.”

9And it will be, if aa  ten men are left in one house, they will die. 10Then one’s
Or beloved one
uncle, or his
Lit one who burns him
ad  undertaker, will lift him up to carry out his bones from the house, and he will say to the one who is in the innermost part of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” And that one will say, “No one.” Then he will
Lit say
answer, af  Keep quiet. For
Lit not to make mention of the name of
the name of the  Lord is ah  not to be mentioned.”
11For behold, the  Lord is going to ai  command that the aj  great house be smashed to pieces and the small house to fragments. 12Do horses run on rocks?
Or does one plow
Another reading is the sea with oxen
them with oxen?
Yet you have turned al  justice into poison
And the fruit of righteousness into
I.e. bitterness
13You who rejoice in
Lit a thing of nothing
ao  Lodebar,
Lit Who
And say, “Have we not aq  by our own strength taken
Lit a pair of horns
Karnaim for ourselves?”
14For behold as  I am going to raise up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,” declares the  Lord God of hosts,
And they will afflict you from the at  entrance of Hamath
To the au  brook of the Arabah.”

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