Amos 6

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Woe to Those at Ease in Zion

1 1"Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on 2the mountain of Samaria, 3the notable men of 4the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes!
2 Pass over to 5Calneh, and see, and from there go to 6Hamath the great; then go down to 7Gath of the Philistines. 8Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory,
3 9O you who put far away the day of disaster 10and bring near the seat of violence?
4 "Woe to those 11who lie on 12beds of ivory 13and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock 14and calves from the midst of the stall,
5 15who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David 16invent for themselves instruments of music,
6 17who drink wine in bowls and 18anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
7 19Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away."
8 20The Lord GOD has sworn by himself, declares the LORD, the God of hosts: "I abhor 21the pride of Jacob and hate his strongholds, 22and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it."
9 And 23if ten men remain in one house, they shall die.
10 And when one's relative, 24the one who anoints him for burial, shall take him up to bring the bones out of the house, and shall say to him who is in the innermost parts of the house, "Is there still anyone with you?" he shall say, "No"; and he shall say, 25"Silence! We must not mention the name of the LORD."
11 For behold, the LORD commands, and 26the great house shall be struck down into fragments, and the little house into bits.
12 Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there[a] with oxen? 27But you have turned justice into 28poison 29and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood[b]--
13 you who rejoice in Lo-debar,[c] who say, 30"Have we not by our own strength captured Karnaim[d] for ourselves?"
14 "For behold, 31I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel," declares the LORD, the God of hosts; "and they shall oppress you from 32Lebo-hamath to the Brook of 33the Arabah."

Amos 6 Commentary

Chapter 6

The danger of luxury and false security. (1-7) Punishments of sins. (8-14)

Verses 1-7 Those are looked upon as doing well for themselves, who do well for their bodies; but we are here told what their ease is, and what their woe is. Here is a description of the pride, security, and sensuality, for which God would reckon. Careless sinners are every where in danger; but those at ease in Zion, who are stupid, vainly confident, and abusing their privileges, are in the greatest danger. Yet many fancy themselves the people of God, who are living in sin, and in conformity to the world. But the examples of others' ruin forbid us to be secure. Those who are set upon their pleasures are commonly careless of the troubles of others, but this is great offence to God. Those who placed their happiness in the pleasures of sense, and set their hearts upon them, shall be deprived of those pleasures. Those who try to put the evil day far from them, find it nearest to them.

Verses 8-14 How dreadful, how miserable, is the case of those whose eternal ruin the Lord himself has sworn; for he can execute his purpose, and none can alter it! Those hearts are wretchedly hardened that will not be brought to mention God's name, and to worship him, when the hand of God is gone out against them, when sickness and death are in their families. Those that will not be tilled as fields, shall be abandoned as rocks. When our services of God are soured with sin, his providences will justly be made bitter to us. Men should take warning not to harden their hearts, for those who walk in pride, God will destroy.

Cross References 33

Footnotes 4

Chapter Summary


This chapter seems to be directed both to the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and the ten tribes of Israel, under the names of Zion and Samaria, and to the principal men in both; who are reproved and threatened for their carnal security and self-confidence, being in no fear of the evil day, though they had no reason for it no more than other people, Am 6:1-3; are charged with wantonness, luxury, intemperance, and want of sympathy with those in distress, Am 6:4-6; therefore are threatened to be carried captive first, and their city to be delivered up; which, for the certainty of it, is not only said, but swore to, Am 6:7,8; and a great mortality in every house, and the destruction of all houses, both great and small, Am 6:9-11; and since a reformation of them seemed impracticable, and not to be expected, but they gloried in their wealth, and boasted of their strength, therefore they should be afflicted by a foreign nation raised against them, which affliction should be general, from one end of the country to the other, Am 6:12-14.

Amos 6 Commentaries

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