Amplified Bible

Amos 6

“Those at Ease in Zion”

1Woe (judgment is coming) to those who are at ease and carefree in Zion (Judah)
And to those on the mountain of Samaria who feel secure,
The distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.

Go over to Calneh [in Babylonia] and look,
And from there go [north of Damascus] to the great city of Hamath;
Then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are they better than these kingdoms [of yours],
Or is their territory greater than yours?

Do you put off the day of punishment,
Yet cause the seat of violence to come near?


Those who lie on [luxurious] beds of ivory
And lounge around out on their couches,
And eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall,

Who improvise to the sound of the harp—
Like David they have composed songs for themselves—

Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls
And anoint themselves with the finest oils [reflecting their unrestrained celebration];
Yet they are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph (Israel).

Therefore, they will now go into exile with the first of the captives,
And the cultic revelry and banqueting of those who lounge around [on their luxurious couches] will pass away.


The Lord [a]God has sworn [an oath] by Himself—the Lord God of hosts, says:
“I loathe and reject the [self-centered] arrogance of Jacob (Israel),
And I hate his palaces and citadels;
Therefore, I shall hand over the [idolatrous] city [of Samaria] with all that it contains [to the Assyrian invaders].”

And it shall come to pass that if there remain ten men in one house, they shall die [by the pestilence that comes with war]. 10 Then one’s uncle, or his undertaker, shall come to bring the [disease-infected] body out of the house, [to cremate it], and he will say to another in the farthest part of the house, “Is there anyone else with you?” And that one will say, “No one.” Then he will respond, “Hush! Keep quiet! For the name of the Lord is not to be mentioned [even casually, for fear that we might invoke even more punishment].” 11 For behold, the Lord is going to command that the great house be smashed to pieces and the small house to fragments.

12 
Do horses run on rocks?
Do men plow rocks with oxen? [Of course not!]
Yet you have turned justice into poison
And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood (bitterness),
13 
You who [self-confidently] rejoice in [b]Lo-debar (Nothing),
Who say, “Have we not by our own strength taken [c]Karnaim (Strength) for ourselves?”
14 
“For behold, I am going to stir up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,” says the Lord, the God of hosts,
“And they will afflict and torment you [to the entire limits of Israel] from the entrance of Hamath [in the north]
To the brook of the Arabah [in the south].”

Notas al pie

  1. Amos 6:8 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord.
  2. Amos 6:13 Lit a thing of nothing. Lo-debar and Karnaim apparently were Aramean sites that had been captured by Israel. Amos uses the meanings of these names in a play on words to rebuke Israel.
  3. Amos 6:13 Lit a pair of horns. The horns of animals were regarded as symbols of power. Amos condemns Israel for claiming that their victories were achieved without God’s help.

New American Standard Bible

Amos 6

“Those at Ease in Zion”

1Woe to those who are at ease in Zion
And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
The distinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.
Go over to Calneh and look,
And go from there to Hamath the great,
Then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are [a]they better than these kingdoms,
Or is their territory greater than yours?
Do you put off the day of calamity,
And would you bring near the seat of violence?

Those who recline on beds of ivory
And sprawl on their couches,
And eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall,
Who improvise to the sound of the harp,
And like David have [b]composed songs for themselves,
Who drink wine from [c]sacrificial bowls
While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,
Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore, they will now go into exile at the head of the exiles,
And the sprawlers’ [d]banqueting will [e]pass away.

The Lord [f]God has sworn by Himself, the Lord God of hosts has declared:
“I loathe the arrogance of Jacob,
And [g]detest his citadels;
Therefore I will deliver up the city and [h]all it contains.”

And it will be, if ten men are left in one house, they will die. 10 Then one’s [i]uncle, or his [j]undertaker, will lift him up to carry out his bones from the house, and he will say to the one who is in the innermost part of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” And that one will say, “No one.” Then he will [k]answer, “Keep quiet. For [l]the name of the Lord is not to be mentioned.” 11 For behold, the Lord is going to command that the great house be smashed to pieces and the small house to fragments.

12 Do horses run on rocks?
Or does one plow [m]them with oxen?
Yet you have turned justice into poison
And the fruit of righteousness into [n]wormwood,
13 You who rejoice in [o]Lodebar,
[p]And say, “Have we not by our own strength taken [q]Karnaim for ourselves?”
14 “For behold, I am going to raise up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,” declares the Lord God of hosts,
“And they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath
To the brook of the Arabah.”

Notas al pie

  1. Amos 6:2 Or you
  2. Amos 6:5 Or invented musical instruments
  3. Amos 6:6 Lit sprinkling basins
  4. Amos 6:7 Or cultic feasts
  5. Amos 6:7 Lit turn aside
  6. Amos 6:8 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  7. Amos 6:8 Lit hate
  8. Amos 6:8 Lit its fullness
  9. Amos 6:10 Or beloved one
  10. Amos 6:10 Lit one who burns him
  11. Amos 6:10 Lit say
  12. Amos 6:10 Lit not to make mention of the name of
  13. Amos 6:12 Another reading is the sea with oxen
  14. Amos 6:12 I.e. bitterness
  15. Amos 6:13 Lit a thing of nothing
  16. Amos 6:13 Lit Who
  17. Amos 6:13 Lit a pair of horns