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Judgment Against Complacency

Woe to[a] you who are complacent in Zion,
you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
    you distinguished people of the leading nation,
    to whom the house of Israel comes.
Travel to Kalneh and look.
    Go from there to Hamath Rabbah,
    and go down to Gath of the Philistines.
    Are you better than those kingdoms?
    Are their territories greater than your territory?[b]
You who are trying to put off the evil day,
    you bring near the session for violence!
Those who lie on ivory beds,
    sprawling upon their couches,
    eating lambs from the flock
    and calves straight from the stall,
improvising tunes on the lyre,
    composing music for themselves on musical instruments like David,
drinking large bowls of wine—
    they slather[c] themselves with the most expensive perfumed oils,
    but they do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
That is why they will go into exile as the first of the exiles.
    Those who sprawl out at their feasts for the dead will depart.

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  1. Amos 6:1 Or how terrible it will be for
  2. Amos 6:2 The line of thought is difficult to follow here. The context seems to require that the two lines of the verse be parallel statements, each of which requires the answer “no.” The context therefore seems to call for reversing the second comparison, but there is no manuscript evidence to support such a switch.
  3. Amos 6:6 Literally anoint, but the reference is not to anointing to office.