Amos 6
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1Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come!1Woe to those who are at ease in Zion and to those who feel secure on the hill of Samaria--the notable people in this first of the nations, those the house of Israel comes to.
2Go to Kalneh and look at it; go from there to great Hamath, and then go down to Gath in Philistia. Are they better off than your two kingdoms? Is their land larger than yours?2Cross over to Calneh and see; go from there to great Hamath; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Is their territory larger than yours?
3You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror.3You dismiss any thought of the evil day and bring in a reign of violence.
4You lie on beds adorned with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves.4They lie on beds inlaid with ivory, sprawled out on their couches, and dine on lambs from the flock and calves from the stall.
5You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.5They improvise songs to the sound of the harp and invent their own musical instruments like David.
6You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions, but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.6They drink wine by the bowlful and anoint themselves with the finest oils but do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
7Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end.7Therefore, they will now go into exile as the first of the captives, and the feasting of those who sprawl out will come to an end.
8The Sovereign LORD has sworn by himself--the LORD God Almighty declares: "I abhor the pride of Jacob and detest his fortresses; I will deliver up the city and everything in it."8The Lord GOD has sworn by himself--this is the declaration of the LORD, the God of Armies: I loathe Jacob's pride and hate his citadels, so I will hand over the city and everything in it.
9If ten people are left in one house, they too will die.9And if there are ten men left in one house, they will die.
10And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them asks anyone who might be hiding there, "Is anyone else with you?" and he says, "No," then he will go on to say, "Hush! We must not mention the name of the LORD."10A close relative and burner will remove his corpse from the house. He will call to someone in the inner recesses of the house, "Any more with you?" That person will reply, "None." Then he will say, "Silence, because the LORD's name must not be invoked."
11For the LORD has given the command, and he will smash the great house into pieces and the small house into bits.11For the LORD commands: The large house will be smashed to pieces, and the small house to rubble.
12Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness--12Do horses gallop on the cliffs? Does anyone plow there with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood--
13you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar and say, "Did we not take Karnaim by our own strength?"13you who rejoice over Lo-debar and say, "Didn't we capture Karnaim for ourselves by our own strength?"
14For the LORD God Almighty declares, "I will stir up a nation against you, Israel, that will oppress you all the way from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah."14But look, I am raising up a nation against you, house of Israel--this is the declaration of the Lord, the GOD of Armies--and they will oppress you from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.
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