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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! 6:2 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? 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 6:4 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; 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
6:8 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.
6:9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.
6:10 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.
6:11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
6:12 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: 6:13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? 6:14 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.


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Everything King James Bible:Amos
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Amos
Chapter: 6

Overview:
The danger of luxury and false security. (1-7) Punishments of
sins. (8-14)

1-7 Those are looked upon as doing Well for themselves, who do
Well for their bodies; but we are here told what their ease is,
and what their woe is. Here is a description of the pride,
security, and sensuality, for which God would reckon. Careless
sinners are every where in danger; but those at ease in Zion,
who are stupid, vainly confident, and abusing their privileges,
are in the greatest danger. Yet many fancy themselves the people
of God, who are living in Sin, and in conformity to the world.
But the examples of others' ruin forbid us to be secure. Those
who are set upon their pleasures are commonly careless of the
troubles of others, but this is great Offence to God. Those who
placed their happiness in the pleasures of sense, and set their
hearts upon them, shall be deprived of those pleasures. Those
who try to Put the evil Day far from them, find it nearest to
them.

8-14 How dreadful, how miserable, is the case of those whose
eternal ruin the Lord himself has sworn; for he can execute his
purpose, and none can alter it! Those hearts are wretchedly
hardened that will not be brought to mention God's name, and to
Worship him, when the Hand of God is gone out against them, when
sickness and Death are in their families. Those that will not be
tilled as fields, shall be abandoned as rocks. When our services
of God are soured with Sin, his providences will justly be made
Bitter to us. Men should take warning not to harden their
hearts, for those who walk in pride, God will destroy.

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