Bible: Amos 6:1-7

The Party is over for the Rich

6:1 Woe 1  to those who live in ease in Zion, 2 

to those who feel secure on Mount Samaria.

They think of themselves as 3  the elite class of the best nation.

The family 4  of Israel looks to them for leadership. 5 

6:2 They say to the people: 6 

“Journey over to Calneh and look at it!

Then go from there to Hamath-Rabbah! 7 

Then go down to Gath of the Philistines!

Are they superior to our two 8  kingdoms?

Is their territory larger than yours? 9 

6:3 You refuse to believe a day of disaster will come, 10 

but you establish a reign of violence. 11 

6:4 They lie around on beds decorated with ivory, 12 

and sprawl out on their couches.

They eat lambs from the flock,

and calves from the middle of the pen.

6:5 They sing 13  to the tune of 14  stringed instruments; 15 

like David they invent 16  musical instruments.

6:6 They drink wine from sacrificial bowls, 17 

and pour the very best oils on themselves. 18 

Yet they are not concerned over 19  the ruin 20  of Joseph.

6:7 Therefore they will now be the first to go into exile, 21 

and the religious banquets 22  where they sprawl on couches 23  will end.

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