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Who lie on beds of ivory,
Stretch out on your couches,
Eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall;
(A)Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments,
And invent for yourselves (B)musical instruments (C)like David;
Who (D)drink wine from bowls,
And anoint yourselves with the best ointments,
(E)But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Therefore they shall now go (F)captive as the first of the captives,
And those who recline at banquets shall be removed.

(G)The Lord God has sworn by Himself,
The Lord God of hosts says:
“I abhor (H)the pride of Jacob,
And hate his palaces;
Therefore I will deliver up the city
And all that is in it.”

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11 For behold, (A)the Lord gives a command:
(B)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 (C)you have turned justice into gall,
And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
13 You who rejoice over [a]Lo Debar,
Who say, “Have we not taken [b]Karnaim for ourselves
By our own strength?”

14 “But, behold, (D)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 (E)entrance of Hamath
To the Valley of the Arabah.”

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 6:13 Lit. Nothing
  2. Amos 6:13 Lit. Horns, a symbol of strength