NASB — Amos 6 — KJV

“Those at Ease in Zion”

  1 aWoe to those who are at ease in Zion
  And to those who [feel] secure in the mountain of Samaria,
  The bdistinguished men of the foremost of nations,
  To whom the house of Israel comes.
  2 Go over to aCalneh and look,
  And go from there to bHamath the great,
  Then go down to cGath of the Philistines.
  Are Ithey better than these kingdoms,
  Or is their territory greater than yours?
  3 Do you aput off the day of calamity,
  And would you bbring near the seat of violence?

[1] aIs 32:9-11; Zp 1:12; Lk 6:24 bEx 19:5; Am 3:2
[2] IOr you aGn 10:10; Is 10:9 b1K 8:65; 2K 18:34; Is 10:9 c1S 5:8; 2Ch 26:6
[3] aIs 56:12; Am 9:10 bAm 3:10

  4 ¶ Those who recline on beds of ivory
  And sprawl on their acouches,
  And beat lambs from the flock
  And calves from the midst of the stall,
  5 Who improvise to the sound of the harp,
  [And] like David have Icomposed asongs for themselves,
  6 Who adrink wine from Isacrificial bowls
  While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,
  Yet they have not bgrieved over the ruin of Joseph.
  7 Therefore, they will now ago into exile at the head of the exiles,
  And the bsprawlers’ Ibanqueting will IIpass away.

[4] aAm 3:12 bEzk 34:2, 3
[5] IOr invented musical instruments a1Ch 15:16; 23:5; Is 5:12
[6] ILit sprinkling basins aAm 2:8; 4:1 bEzk 9:4
[7] IOr cultic feasts IILit turn aside aAm 7:11, 17 b1K 20:16-21; Dn 5:4-6, 30

  8 ¶ The Lord IGOD has asworn by Himself, the LORD God of hosts has declared:
  “I bloathe the arrogance of Jacob,
  And IIdetest his ccitadels;
  Therefore I will ddeliver up [the] city and IIIall it contains.”
9 And it will be, if aten men are left in one house, they will die. 10 Then one’s Iuncle, or his IIaundertaker, will lift him up to carry out [his] bones from the house, and he will say to the one who is in the innermost part of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” And that one will say, “No one.” Then he will IIIanswer, “bKeep quiet. For IVthe name of the LORD is cnot to be mentioned.” 11 For behold, the LORD is going to acommand that the bgreat house be smashed to pieces and the small house to fragments.

[8] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IILit hate IIILit its fullness aGn 22:16; Jr 22:5; 51:14; Am 4:2; 8:7 bLv 26:30; Dt 32:19; Ps 106:40; Am 5:21 cAm 3:10, 11 dHo 11:6
[9] aAm 5:3
[10] IOr beloved one IILit one who burns him IIILit say IVLit not to make mention of the name of a1S 31:12 bAm 5:13; 8:3 cJr 44:26; Ezk 20:39
[11] aIs 55:11 b2K 25:9; Am 3:15; 5:11

  12 ¶ Do horses run on rocks?
  Or does one plow Ithem with oxen?
  Yet you have turned ajustice into poison
  And the fruit of righteousness into IIwormwood,
  13 You who rejoice in IaLodebar,
  IIAnd say, “Have we not bby our [own] strength taken IIIKarnaim for ourselves?”
  14 “For behold, aI am going to raise up a nation against you,
  O house of Israel,” declares the LORD God of hosts,
  “And they will afflict you from the bentrance of Hamath
  To the bbrook of the Arabah.”

[12] IAnother reading is the sea with oxen III.e. bitterness a1K 21:7-13; Is 59:13, 14; Ho 10:4; Am 5:7, 11, 12
[13] ILit a thing of nothing IILit Who IIILit a pair of horns aJb 8:14, 15; Ps 2:2-4; Lk 12:19, 20 bPs 75:4, 5; Is 28:14, 15
[14] aJr 5:15 bNu 34:7, 8; 1K 8:65; 2K 14:25


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The wantonness of Israel,

1 ¶ Woe to them [that are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, [which are] named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: [be they] better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; 5 That chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; 6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

[1] Ex 19:5; Jg 18:7; 1K 16:24; Is 32:9; 33:14; Jr 7:4; 48:11; 49:31; Lm 1:1; Am 4:1; 8:14; Lk 6:24; 12:17; Jm 1:18; 5:5; 1P 5:7.
[2] Gn 10:10; 1S 17:4, 23; 2K 17:24, 30; 18:34; 19:13; 2Ch 26:6; Is 10:9; 36:18; 37:12; Jr 2:10; Ezk 31:2; Na 3:8.
[3] Ps 94:20; Ec 8:11; Is 47:7; 56:12; Ezk 12:22, 27; Am 5:12, 18; 6:12; 9:10; Mt 24:48; 1Th 5:3; 2P 3:4; Rv 18:17.
[4] 1S 25:36; Ps 73:7; Is 5:11; 22:13; Lk 12:19; 16:19; Ro 13:13; Jm 5:5.
[5] Gn 31:27; 1Ch 23:5; Jb 21:11; Ec 2:8; Is 5:12; Am 5:23; 8:3; 1P 4:3; Rv 18:22.
[6] Gn 37:25; 42:21; 49:22; 2K 15:29; 17:3; Es 3:15; Jr 30:7; Ho 3:1; Mt 26:7; Jn 12:3; Ro 12:15; 1Co 12:26; 1Ti 5:23.

shall be plagued with desolation,

7 ¶ Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. 8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein. 9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. 10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that [is] by the sides of the house, [Is there] yet [any] with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD. 11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.

[7] Dt 28:41; 1K 20:16; Es 5:8, 12; 7:1, 8; Is 21:4; Dn 5:4; Am 5:5, 27; 7:11; Na 1:10; Lk 21:24.
[8] Lv 26:11; Ps 47:4; 50:12; 78:59; 106:40; Jr 51:14; Lm 2:5; Ezk 24:21; Am 3:11; 4:2; 8:7; Mi 1:6; Zc 11:8; He 6:13.
[9] 1S 2:33; Es 5:11; 9:10; Jb 1:2, 19; 20:28; Ps 109:13; Is 14:21; Am 5:3.
[10] Nu 17:12; 1S 31:12; 2K 6:33; 23:16; Jr 16:6; 44:26; Ezk 20:39; 24:21; Am 5:13; 8:3.
[11] 2K 25:9; Ps 105:16, 31, 34; Ec 10:18; Is 10:5; 13:3; 46:10; 55:11; Ezk 29:18; Ho 13:16; Am 3:6, 15; 6:8; 9:1, 9; Na 1:14; Zc 14:2; Lk 19:44.

and their incorrigibleness.

12 ¶ Shall horses run upon the rock? will [one] plow [there] with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock: 13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? 14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

[12] 1K 21:7; Ps 94:20; Is 48:4; 59:13; Jr 5:3; 6:29; Ho 10:4, 13; Am 5:7, 11; Mi 7:3; Hab 1:3; Zc 7:11; Ac 7:51.
[13] Ex 32:18; Jg 9:19, 27; 16:23; 1S 4:5; 2K 13:25; 14:12, 25; 2Ch 28:6; Jb 31:25, 29; Ec 11:9; Is 7:1, 4; 8:6; 17:3; 28:14; Jr 9:23; 50:11; Dn 4:30; Jna 4:6; Hab 1:15; Zp 3:11; Lk 12:19; Jn 16:20; Jm 4:16; Rv 11:10.
[14] Nu 34:8; 1K 8:65; 2K 15:29; 17:6; Is 7:20; 8:4; 10:5; Jr 5:15; Ezk 47:15; Ho 10:5.


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