6 1Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and to them that are secure
in the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the chief of the nations, to
whom the house of Israel come!
2Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from
thence go ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines:
are they better than these kingdoms? or is their border greater than your
3-ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of
violence to come near;
4that 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;
5that sing idle songs to the sound
of the viol; that invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;
6that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief oils; but
they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7Therefore shall they
now go captive with the first that go captive; and the revelry of them that
stretched themselves shall pass away.
8The Lord Jehovah hath sworn by
himself, saith Jehovah, 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
9And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one
house, that they shall die.
10And when a man's uncle shall take him up,
even he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall
say unto him that is in the innermost parts of the house, Is there yet any
with thee? and he shall say, No; then shall he say, Hold thy peace; for we
may not make mention of the name of Jehovah.
11For, behold, Jehovah
commandeth, and the great house shall be smitten with breaches, and the
little house with clefts.
12Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow
there with oxen? that ye have turned justice into gall, and the fruit
of righteousness into wormwood;
13ye that rejoice in a thing of nought,
that say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?
behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith
Jehovah, the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entrance of
Hamath unto the brook of the Arabah.