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Amos 6 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Woe to the Complacent

1 Woe 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. 2 Cross 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? 3 You dismiss any thought of the evil daya and bring in a reign of violence. 4 They lie on beds [inlaid with] ivory, sprawled out on their couches, and dine on lambs from the flock and calves from the stall. 5 They improvise songsb to the sound of the harp and inventc their own musical instruments like David. 6 They drink wine by the bowlful and anoint themselves with the finest oils but do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.d 7 Therefore, 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.

Israel's Pride Judged

8 The Lord God has sworn by Himself-the declaration of Yahweh, the God of Hosts: I loathe Jacob's pride and hate his citadels, so I will hand over the city and everything in it. 9 And if there are 10 men left in one house, they will die. 10 A close relativee and a burner,fgwill remove his corpseh 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 Yahweh's name must not be invoked."i 11 For the Lord commands: The large house will be smashed to pieces, and the small house to rubble.j 12 Do horses run on rock, or does someone plow [it] with oxen?k Yet you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwoodl- 13 you who rejoice over Lo-debar and say, "Didn't we capture Karnaim for ourselves by our own strength?" 14 But look, I am raising up a nation against you, house of Israel- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord, the God of Hosts- and they will oppress you from the entrance of Hamathm to the Brook of the Arabah.n
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