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Amos 6:3–6

eO you who put far away the day of disaster

fand bring near the seat of violence?

“Woe to those gwho lie on hbeds of ivory

gand stretch themselves out on their couches,

and eat lambs from the flock

iand calves from the midst of the stall,

jwho sing idle songs to the sound of the harp

and like David jinvent for themselves instruments of music,

kwho drink wine in bowls

and lanoint themselves with the finest oils,

but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!

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Amos 6:3–6 — The New International Version (NIV)

You put off the day of disaster

and bring near a reign of terror.

You lie on beds adorned with ivory

and lounge on your couches.

You dine on choice lambs

and fattened calves.

You strum away on your harps like David

and improvise on musical instruments.

You drink wine by the bowlful

and use the finest lotions,

but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Ye that put far away the evil day,

And cause the seat of violence to come near;

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;

That chant to the sound of the viol,

And invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

That drink wine in bowls,

And anoint themselves with the chief ointments:

But they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — New Living Translation (NLT)

You push away every thought of coming disaster,

but your actions only bring the day of judgment closer.

How terrible for you who sprawl on ivory beds

and lounge on your couches,

eating the meat of tender lambs from the flock

and of choice calves fattened in the stall.

You sing trivial songs to the sound of the harp

and fancy yourselves to be great musicians like David.

You drink wine by the bowlful

and perfume yourselves with fragrant lotions.

You care nothing about the ruin of your nation.

Amos 6:3–6 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Woe to you who put far off the day of doom,

Who cause the seat of violence to come near;

Who lie on beds of ivory,

Stretch out on your couches,

Eat lambs from the flock

And calves from the midst of the stall;

Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments,

And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David;

Who drink wine from bowls,

And anoint yourselves with the best ointments,

But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — New Century Version (NCV)

You put off the day of punishment,

but you bring near the day when you can do evil to others.

You lie on beds decorated with ivory

and stretch out on your couches.

You eat tender lambs

and fattened calves.

You make up songs on your harps,

and, like David, you compose songs on musical instruments.

You drink wine by the bowlful

and use the best perfumed lotions.

But you are not sad over the ruin of Israel,

Amos 6:3–6 — American Standard Version (ASV)

—ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 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; that sing idle songs to the sound of the viol; that invent for themselves instruments of music, like David; that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief oils; but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; that lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves from the midst of the stall; that chant to the sound of the lute, and invent them instruments of music, like David; that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments; but are not grieved for the breach of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

How horrible it will be for those who think that a day of disaster is far away. 

They bring the reign of violence closer. 

How horrible it will be for those who sleep on ivory beds. 

They sprawl out on their couches 

and eat lambs from their flocks and calves from their stalls. 

How horrible it will be for those who make up songs as they strum a harp. 

Like David, they write all kinds of songs for themselves. 

How horrible it will be for those who drink wine by the jugful. 

They rub the finest oils all over themselves 

and are not sorry for the ruin ⸤of the descendants⸥ of Joseph. 

Amos 6:3–6 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

You dismiss any thought of the evil day

and bring in a reign of violence.

They lie on beds inlaid with ivory,

sprawled out on their couches,

and dine on lambs from the flock

and calves from the stall.

They improvise songs to the sound of the harp

and invent their own musical instruments like David.

They drink wine by the bowlful

and anoint themselves with the finest oils

but do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

O you that put far away the evil day,

and bring near a reign of violence?

Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,

and lounge on their couches,

and eat lambs from the flock,

and calves from the stall;

who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,

and like David improvise on instruments of music;

who drink wine from bowls,

and anoint themselves with the finest oils,

but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!

Amos 6:3–6 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

You that put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of violence! Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory and lounge on their couches, and those eating young rams from the sheep and goats, and bull-calves from the middle of the animal stall. Alas for those who sing to the tune of the harp; like David they improvise on instruments of music. Alas for those who drink from sprinkling bowls of wine and anoint themselves with the best of olive oils and are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.

Amos 6:3–6 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

You are trying to avoid the time

when trouble will come.

But you are only bringing closer

the Assyrian rule of terror.

You lie down on beds

that are decorated with ivory.

You rest on your couches.

You eat the best lambs

and the fattest calves.

You pluck away on your harps as David did.

You play new songs on musical instruments.

You drink wine by the bowlful.

You use the finest lotions.

But Joseph’s people will soon be destroyed.

And you aren’t even sad about it.

Amos 6:3–6 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Do you put off the day of calamity,

And would you bring near the seat of violence?

Those who recline on beds of ivory

And sprawl on their couches,

And eat lambs from the flock

And calves from the midst of the stall,

Who improvise to the sound of the harp,

And like David have composed songs for themselves,

Who drink wine from sacrificial bowls

While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,

Yet they have not grieved over the ruin of Joseph.