Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Amos
Book: Amos
Chapter: 6

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

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.