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Amos 6 (Lexham English Bible)

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Woe to the Complacent

1 Alas [for] those being at ease in Zion, and those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, the notables of the best of the nations! The house of Israel resorts to them. 2 Cross over [to] Calneh and see, and go from there [to] Hamath Rabbah and go down [to] Gath of the Philistines. [Are] you better than these kingdoms, or is their territory greater than your territory? 3 You that put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of violence! 4 [Alas for] those who lie on beds of ivory and lounge on their couches, and those eating young rams from [the] sheep and goats, and bull-calves from the middle of [the] animal stall. 5 [Alas for those] who sing to the tune of the harp; like David they improvise on instruments of music. 6 [Alas for those] who drink from sprinkling bowls of wine and anoint themselves with the best of olive oils and are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph. 7 Therefore, they shall now go into exile at the head of the exiles and the feast of lounging shall pass away.

Yahweh Abhors Israel’s Pride

8 My Lord Yahweh has sworn by himself, {declares}a Yahweh, the God of hosts: "I abhor the pride of Jacob and I hate his citadel fortresses and I will deliver [the] city and its fullness!" 9 And then if ten people remain in one house, they too will die. 10 And [if] one's relative, who burns [the body], lifts it up and brings the body out of the house and he will say to someone in the innermost part of the house, "[Are there] any more with you?" and he will say, "None," then he will say, "Silence," because [we] must not invoke the name of Yahweh. 11 Look, Yahweh [is] going to command and the great house will be destroyed [to] bits and the little house [to] pieces. 12 Do horses run on rocks, or does one plow the sea with oxen?b But you have turned justice into poison and [the] fruit of righteousness into wormwood! 13 [You] who rejoice over Lo-Debar, who say, "Have we not taken Karnaim for ourselves by our strength?" 14 Indeed, I [am] going to raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, {declares}c Yahweh, the God of hosts. And they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath up to the wadi of the Arabah.
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