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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!

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?

3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

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;

5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

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.

9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.

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.

11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.

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:

13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

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.

Commentary for Amos 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 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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Amos 6

  • Patty Tozi on Amos 6
    The Lord is my Shepard. I shall not want.

    Always remember the Giant God that watches over us. His spirit is all around us. He knows when we are Lonely..Hurting..sad.. Wanting Him close. His Love has such depth that it could move the tallest heaviest mountain. His Light so strong it blinds you. Been to Heaven..saw truth in Him. Saw His Heavenly Son fighting for me. He is real. The Bible...His words to take care of us..His creations..is Strong truth who He is...and what He wants for us..the evilness of this world is now being shown strong...fight as we never fought before. Who do you choose? Think...think heavy...Decide now. The power of His words.. The Blood of His Son...The suffering of His Son...fighting and dying for our Sins--should be enough to turn to Him as never before. Fight we must...Fight as the evilness tries and take Him from us. On your knees with your Bible..Fight...Fight...you must as the days become as His words warned us in Revelation. God's people must never turn back. Remember His words.. A brighter tomorrow we will have!!!
  • Ken on Amos 6
    Esther 8:17 and many of the people of the land became Jews.

    If the people of the land "became Jews" it wasn't by blood, so it must have been ceremonial and believing in the true God. Were they then part of the nation of Isreal that can claim promises from God?
  • Mishael on Ephesians 613 and Matthew 5 - in Reply on Amos 6
    Ephesians 6:13 and Matthew 5

    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth

    But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

    And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

    And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him two

    Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

    Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

    But I say unto you, LOVE your enemies, BLESS them that curse you, DO GOOD to them that hate you, and PRAY for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you

    That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends the rain on the just and on the unjust.

    For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans do the same?

    And if ye salute your friends only, what do ye more than others? do not even the mean people so?

    Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

    I know you've read this part. It's very hard to pray for them. You have to stand fast and do excellent work, AS UNTO JESUS! Make HIM proud.

    I had the same problem with the bosses and unholy coworkers. If you are working as if Jesus is your Boss; this will be easy.

    Pray every day for them all to be promoted.

    No sour looks. Be helpful but don't get drawn into office GOSSIP. Having done all, TO STAND. If you will do this as to Jesus your Big Boss: He's gonna take care of you. Stand solid in faith!

    It works! I saw a lot of mean people get promoted out...and I had 'peace in the valley'.
  • Andrew Kingsly Raj on Amos 6
    Provisions or Possessions

    In this chapter we see how God despises Israel's pride as the people competed in extravagance while they continued to suppress the poor. In making application we see how the Lord hates a proud look as it is self worship. The Lord provides all of our needs and there is nothing wrong with providing for our families but when our provisions become possessions or idols the Lord will judge. How about you? Are your provisions from the Lord a possession of pride? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Israel to see how their pride of their possessions at the expense of others brought them the judgement of the Lord.
  • E Maloney on Amos 6:10
    The time has come for us the people of God to live righteous, holy and upright life before almighty God. Judgement shall begin in the house of the Lord. We must be in a place to hear well done, my good and faithful servant... We must serve our God in spirit and in truth withholding nothing.
    Blessed be the name of our most high God - Jesus.
  • Matthew 6v24through34 on Amos 6
    This was just highlighted just now, by accident as I scrolled for something else in Matthew, that NEVER happens, so it may be a sign from God. I wanted to share this with you all, please remember Christ's words! He cannot lie, AMEN! IDK what is in store, but God delivered Israel when they were between a Red Sea and their enemy behind them. How? God just decided to part the sea and make a way (out of no way)!

    Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

    Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?"
  • Angela on Amos 6
    I just want to thank God. We love you God. In the name of Jesus Christ.. Amen
  • Ernie - in Reply on Amos 6
    In these days,,, it appears that our GOD may be preparing the way to Judgement.. Stay ready.
  • Cliftine Shields on Amos 6
    We are to turn from our wicked ways and obey him.
  • Anne on Amos 6
    A warning to those that are concerned only with their own comforts and luxury living and not concerned about the things of God will be the first to go into captivity. When calamity comes, their hearts become so hardened against God that they do not want to give Him praise in any thing.


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What is God's second promise of punishment towards Israel in the book of Amos?
  • Israel will be taken by the enemy.
  • Great floods will destroy the city.
  • Famine will hit Israel.
  • Darkness will fall on the city.