Amos 6
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Woe to the Complacent

1Woe to those who are at ease in Ziona

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.

2Cross over to Calnehb and see;

go from there to great Hamath;c

then go down to Gathd of the Philistines.

Are you better than these kingdoms?

Is their territory larger than yours?

3You dismiss any thought of the evil daye

and bring in a reign of violence.f

4They lie on beds inlaid with ivory,g

sprawled out on their couches,h

and dine on lambs from the flocki

and calves from the stall.

5They improvise songsj to the sound of the harpk

and inventl their own musical instruments like David.m

6They drink wine by the bowlfuln

and anoint themselves with the finest oils

but do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.o

7Therefore, they will now go into exile

as the first of the captives,p

and the feastingq of those who sprawl out

will come to an end.

Israel’s Pride Judged

8The Lord GOD has sworn by Himselfr — this is the declaration of Yahweh, the God of Hosts:

I loathe Jacob’s prides

and hate his citadels,t

so I will hand over the cityu and everything in it.

9And if there are 10 men left in one house, they will die.v 10A close relativew and burnerx, y will remove his corpsez 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.”aa

11For the LORD commands:

The large house will be smashed to pieces,

and the small house to rubble.ab

12Do horses gallop on the cliffs;

does anyone plow there with oxen?ac

Yet you have turned justice into poisonad

and the fruit of righteousness into wormwoodae —

13you who rejoice over Lo-debaraf

and say, “Didn’t we capture Karnaim

for ourselves by our own strength? ”ag

14But look, I am raising up a nation

against you, house of Israelah —

this is the declaration of the Lord,

the GOD of Hosts —

and they will oppress you

from the entrance of Hamathai, aj

to the Brook of the Arabah.ak

a. 6:1 Is 32:9-11; Zph 1:12
b. 6:2 Gn 10:10; Is 10:9
c. 6:2 1Kg 8:65; 2Kg 18:34; Is 10:9
d. 6:2 1Sm 5:8; 2Ch 26:6
e. 6:3 Am 9:10
f. 6:3 Am 3:10
g. 6:4 Am 3:15
h. 6:4 Am 3:12
i. 6:4 Ezk 34:2-3
j. 6:5 Hb obscure
k. 6:5 Am 5:23; 8:10
l. 6:5 Or compose on
m. 6:5 1Ch 15:16
n. 6:6 Am 2:8; 4:1
o. 6:6 Jr 8:21; Lm 2:11
p. 6:7 Am 7:11,17
q. 6:7 1Kg 20:16-21; Dn 5:4-6,30
r. 6:8 Gn 22:16; Jr 22:5; 51:14
s. 6:8 Lv 26:30; Dt 32:19; Ps 106:40
t. 6:8 Am 3:10-11
u. 6:8 Hs 11:6
v. 6:9 Am 5:3
w. 6:10 Lit His uncle
x. 6:10 A burner of incense, a memorial fire, or a body; Hb obscure
y. 6:10 1Sm 31:12; 2Ch 16:14; Jr 34:5
z. 6:10 Lit remove bones
aa. 6:10 Is 48:1; Jr 44:26; Hs 4:15
ab. 6:11 Am 1:1; 9:9
ac. 6:12 Some emend to plow the sea
ad. 6:12 1Kg 21:7-13; Is 59:13-14
ae. 6:12 Is 5:20; Am 5:7; Rv 8:11
af. 6:13 Jb 8:14-15; Ps 2:2-4; Lk 12:19-20
ag. 6:13 Ps 75:4; Is 28:14-15
ah. 6:14 Am 3:11
ai. 6:14 Or from Lebo-hamath
aj. 6:14 Nm 34:7-8; 2Kg 14:25
ak. 6:14 Probably the Valley of Zared at the southeast end of the Dead Sea
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