Amos 6

Woe to Those at Ease in Zion

1 Woe a to you who are at b ease in Zion,
And c trust in Mount Samaria,
Notable persons in the d chief nation,
To whom the house of Israel comes!
2 e Go over to f Calneh and see;
And from there go to g Hamath the great;
Then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
h Are you better than these kingdoms?
Or is their territory greater than your territory?
3 Woe to you who i put far off the day of j doom,
k Who cause l the seat of violence to come near;

4 Who lie on beds of ivory,
Stretch out on your couches,
Eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall;
5 m Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments,
And invent for yourselves n musical instruments o like David;
6 Who p drink wine from bowls,
And anoint yourselves with the best ointments,
q But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore they shall now go r captive as the first of the captives,
And those who recline at banquets shall be removed.

8 s The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself,
The LORD God of hosts says:
"I abhor t the pride of Jacob,
And hate his palaces;
Therefore I will deliver up the city
And all that is in it."

9 Then it shall come to pass, that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And when 1 a relative of the dead, with one who will burn the bodies, picks up the 2 bodies to take them out of the house, he will say to one inside the house, "Are there any more with you?" Then someone will say, "None." And he will say, u "Hold your tongue! v For we dare not mention the name of the LORD."

11 For behold, w the LORD gives a command:
x He will break the great house into bits,
And the little house into pieces.
12 Do horses run on rocks?
Does one plow there with oxen?
Yet y you have turned justice into gall,
And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
13 You who rejoice over 3 Lo Debar,
Who say, "Have we not taken 4 Karnaim for ourselves
By our own strength?"
14 "But, behold, z I will raise up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,"
Says the LORD God of hosts;
"And they will afflict you from the a entrance of Hamath
To the Valley of the Arabah."

  1. Cross References
    Luke 6:24
    But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 123:4
    Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud.
    Isaiah 32:9 - 11
    Rise up, you women who are at ease, Hear my voice; You complacent daughters, Give ear to my speech.
    Zephaniah 1:12
    "And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, 'The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.'
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 31:1
    Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD!
    Jeremiah 49:4
    Why do you boast in the valleys, Your flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? Who trusted in her treasures, saying, 'Who will come against me?
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 19:5
    Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
    Amos 3:2
    "You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."
  5. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:10
    For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, Send to Kedar and consider diligently, And see if there has been such a thing.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 10:10
    And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
    Isaiah 10:9
    Is not Calno like Carchemish? Is not Hamath like Arpad? Is not Samaria like Damascus?
  7. Cross References
    1 Kings 8:65
    At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven more days - fourteen days.
    2 Kings 18:34
    Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim and Hena and Ivah? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand?
  8. Cross References
    Nahum 3:8
    Are you better than No Amon That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 56:12
    "Come," one says, "I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink; Tomorrow will be as today, And much more abundant."
    Ezekiel 12:27
    "Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.'
    Amos 9:10
    All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, Who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.
    Matthew 24:37 - 39
    But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
  10. Cross References
    Amos 5:18
    Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light.
  11. Cross References
    Amos 5:12
    For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 94:20
    Shall the throne of iniquity, which devises evil by law, Have fellowship with You?
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:12
    The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the LORD, Nor consider the operation of His hands.
    Amos 5:23
    Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
  14. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 15:16
    Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy.
    1 Chronicles 16:42
    And with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God. Now the sons of Jeduthun were gatekeepers.
  15. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 23:5
    Four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised the LORD with musical instruments, "which I made," said David, "for giving praise.
  16. Cross References
    Amos 2:8
    They lie down by every altar on clothes taken in pledge, And drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
    Amos 4:1
    Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, Who oppress the poor, Who crush the needy, Who say to your husbands, "Bring wine, let us drink!
  17. Cross References
    Genesis 37:25
    And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt.
  18. Cross References
    Amos 5:27
    Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus," Says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.
  19. Cross References
    Genesis 22:16
    And said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son -
    Jeremiah 51:14
    The LORD of hosts has sworn by Himself: "Surely I will fill you with men, as with locusts, And they shall lift up a shout against you.
    Amos 4:2
    The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness: "Behold, the days shall come upon you When He will take you away with fishhooks, And your posterity with fishhooks.
    Amos 8:7
    The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: "Surely I will never forget any of their works.
    Hebrews 6:13 - 17
    For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 47:4
    He will choose our inheritance for us, The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah
    Ezekiel 24:21
    Speak to the house of Israel, "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the delight of your soul; and your sons and daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword.
    Amos 8:7
    The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: "Surely I will never forget any of their works.
  21. Cross References
    Amos 5:13
    Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.
  22. Cross References
    Amos 8:3
    And the songs of the temple Shall be wailing in that day," Says the Lord GOD - "Many dead bodies everywhere, They shall be thrown out in silence.
  23. Cross References
    Isaiah 55:11
    So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
  24. Cross References
    2 Kings 25:9
    He burned the house of the LORD and the king's house; all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire.
    Amos 3:15
    I will destroy the winter house along with the summer house; The houses of ivory shall perish, And the great houses shall have an end," Says the LORD.
  25. Cross References
    1 Kings 21:7 - 13
    Then Jezebel his wife said to him, "You now exe...
    Isaiah 59:13
    In transgressing and lying against the LORD, An...
    Isaiah 59:14
    Justice is turned back, And righteousness stand...
    Hosea 10:4
    They have spoken words, Swearing falsely in mak...
    Amos 5:7
    You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay right...
    Amos 5:11
    Therefore, because you tread down the poor And ...
    Amos 5:12
    For I know your manifold transgressions And you...
  26. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:15
    Behold, I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel," says the LORD. "It is a mighty nation, It is an ancient nation, A nation whose language you do not know, Nor can you understand what they say.
  27. Cross References
    Numbers 34:7
    And this shall be your northern border: From the Great Sea you shall mark out your border line to Mount Hor.
    Numbers 34:8
    From Mount Hor you shall mark out your border to the entrance of Hamath; then the direction of the border shall be toward Zedad.
    1 Kings 8:65
    At that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great assembly from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven more days - fourteen days.
    2 Kings 14:25
    He restored the territory of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He had spoken through His servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet who was from Gath Hepher.
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