How terrible it will be for you who lounge in luxury and think you are secure in Jerusalem a and Samaria! You are famous and popular in Israel, you to whom the people go for help.
Go over to Calneh and see what happened there. Then go to the great city of Hamath and on down to the Philistine city of Gath. You are no better than they were, and look at how they were destroyed.
You push away every thought of coming disaster, but your actions only bring the day of judgment closer.
How terrible it will be for you who sprawl on ivory beds surrounded with luxury, eating the meat of tender lambs and choice calves.
You sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and you fancy yourselves to be great musicians, as King David was.
You drink wine by the bowlful, and you perfume yourselves with exotic fragrances, caring nothing at all that your nation b is going to ruin.
Therefore, you will be the first to be led away as captives. Suddenly, all your revelry will end.
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