Overview

Amos 6 pronounces woe upon the complacent and self-indulgent leaders of Zion (Judah) and Samaria (Israel). The chapter criticizes the elite for their luxurious and carefree lifestyles while ignoring the ruin of Joseph (Israel). Amos condemns their feasts, lounging on ivory beds, and idleness, which have blinded them to the suffering of others and the coming judgment. The chapter warns that these leaders will be the first to go into exile, marking a dramatic reversal of their fortunes. Amos mocks the Israelites' false sense of security, believing they are untouchable due to their status as God's chosen people. He criticizes their injustice and arrogance, pointing out that they are not better than other kingdoms that have fallen. The chapter includes a lament for the coming desolation and the loss of the young men of Israel. Amos uses sarcasm to criticize Israel's lack of true wisdom and their failure to turn to God despite His power and creative might. The chapter concludes with a warning of the impending invasion, where even the bravest warriors will flee. Amos 6 serves as a sharp critique of social inequality and the moral responsibility of leaders and the wealthy.

Amos 6

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.

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.

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.

End of Amos 6


1 Year Plan:  Dec 11 - Amo 6, Amo 7, Rev 8

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