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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].”

  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.

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Amós 6

1¡Ay de los que viven tranquilos en Sión
    y de los que viven confiados en el monte de Samaria!
¡Ay de los notables de la nación más importante,
    a quienes acude el pueblo de Israel!
Pasad a Calné y observadla;
    id de allí a Jamat la grande,
    bajad luego a Gat de los filisteos.
¿Acaso sois vosotros superiores a estos reinos,
    o es más grande su territorio que el vuestro?
Vosotros creéis alejar el día de la desgracia,
    pero estáis acercando el imperio de la violencia.
Vosotros que os acostáis en camas incrustadas de marfil
    y os arrellanáis en divanes;
que coméis corderos selectos
    y terneros engordados;
que, a la manera de David,
    improvisáis canciones al son de la cítara
e inventáis instrumentos musicales;
    que bebéis vino en tazones
y os perfumáis con las esencias más finas
    sin afligiros por la ruina de José,
marcharéis a la cabeza de los desterrados,
    y así terminará el banquete de los holgazanes.
El Señor omnipotente jura por sí mismo;
    esto afirma el Señor Dios Todopoderoso:
«Yo detesto la arrogancia de Jacob;
    yo aborrezco sus fortalezas;
por eso entregaré la ciudad al enemigo,
    con todo lo que hay en ella.»

Sucederá que si en una casa quedan diez hombres con vida, todos morirán. 10 Y cuando vengan a la casa para levantar los cadáveres y quemarlos, algún pariente le preguntará a otro que ande en la casa: «¿Queda alguien más contigo?» Y aquél le responderá: «No.» Entonces le dirá: «¡Cállate! No vayamos a mencionar el nombre del Señor

11 Mira, el Señor da la orden
    de golpear la casa grande hasta hacerla añicos
    y de hacer trizas la casa pequeña.
12 ¿Acaso galopan los caballos por las rocas
    o se ara en éstas con bueyes?
Pero vosotros habéis convertido el derecho en veneno,
    y en amargura el fruto de la justicia.
13 Vosotros os regocijáis por la conquista de Lo Debar[a]
    y agregáis: «¿No fue con nuestras propias fuerzas
    como nos apoderamos de Carnayin?»[b]
14 «Por tanto, pueblo de Israel,
    voy a levantar contra ti una nación
que te oprimirá desde Lebó Jamat[c]
    hasta el torrente del Arabá»,
            afirma el Señor, el Dios Todopoderoso.

  1. 6:13 En hebreo, Lo Debarsignifica nada.
  2. 6:13 En hebreo, Carnayinsignifica dos cuernos; el cuerno es símbolo del poder.
  3. 6:14 Lebó Jamat. Alt. la entrada de Jamat.