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Amos: Chapter 6

The wantonness of Israel, 1-6, shall be plagued with desolation, 7-11; and their refusal to reform shall end in affliction, 12-14.

1 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and are secure on the mountain of Samaria, who are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

2 Pass to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great. Then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than these kingdoms? Or is their border greater than your border?

3 You put the evil day far away, and cause the seat of violence to come near.

4 You lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch yourselves upon their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of the stall.

5 You chant to the sound of the harp, and invent for yourselves instruments of music, like David.

6 You drink wine in bowls, and anoint yourselves with the chief ointments, but you are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

7 Therefore, now they shall go captive with the first who go captive, and the revelry of those who stretched themselves out shall end.

8 "The Lord GOD has sworn by himself," says the LORD the God of hosts, "I abhor the excellence of Jacob, and hate his palaces; therefore, I will deliver up the city with all its abundance.

9 "And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, they shall die. 10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he who burns him, to bring the bones out of the house, and shall say to him who is by the sides of the house, 'Is there yet any with you?' And he shall say, 'No.' Then he shall say, 'Hold your tongue, for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.' 11 For behold, the LORD commands, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.

12 "Shall horses run upon the rock? Will one plow there with oxen? For you have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock,

13 You who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Have we not taken horns for ourselves by our own strength?'

14 But behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel," says the LORD the God of hosts, "and they shall afflict you from the entrance of Hamath to the river of the wilderness."