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Amos 6

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 1 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion1 and those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, you notable men of the chief nation, to whom the house of Israel comes!

 2 Pass over to Calneh and see, and from there go to great Hamath; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than yours,

 3 You who put the evil day to be a far off event, and cause the seat of violence to come near?

 4 Who 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 Who sing idly to the sound of the harp and invent for themselves musical instruments like David;

 6 Who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest ointments, but are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

 7 Therefore now they shall go captive with the first of the captives, and the banquet of those who recline themselves will end.

 8 The Lord GOD has sworn by himself, the LORD, the God of hosts says, I abhor the pride and false excellence of Jacob, and hate his fortresses; therefore I will deliver up the city with all that is in it.

 9 And it shall come to pass that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die.

 10 And a man's relative, who is to burn the body, comes to bring the bones out of the house, and says to him who is inside the house, 'Is there anyone else with you?' He will say, 'No.' Then he will say, 'Hold your tongue, for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.'

 11 For behold, the LORD commands, and he will smite the great house into pieces and the little house into bits.

 12 Do horses run on rocks? Will one plow there with oxen? For you have turned justice into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood —

 13 You who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, 'Have we not taken to us horns [symbol of strength] by ourselves?'

 14 But behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel, says the LORD the God of hosts; and they will afflict you from the entrance of Hemath to the valley of the Arabah."


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1 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion! The only ease in Zion should be to those who have crucified their lusts and affections (flesh) on the inward cross of self-denial, to then witness Jesus bringing their salvation, as he crushes the head of Satan under your feet. Then you enter Zion in rest from your own works, being guided, prompted, and energized by the anointing of Jesus' spirit in you to a zeal for good works; but even then, being in a zeal for good works, is not to be at ease in Zion.

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