And ctrust in Mount Samaria,
Notable persons in the dchief nation,
To whom the house of Israel comes!
And from there go to gHamath the great;
Then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
hAre you better than these kingdoms?
Or is their territory greater than your territory?
Stretch out on your couches,
Eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall;
5 mWho sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments,
6 Who pdrink wine from bowls,
And anoint yourselves with the best ointments,
qBut are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore they shall now go rcaptive as the first of the captives,
And those who recline at banquets shall be removed.
8 sThe Lord God has sworn by Himself,
The Lord God of hosts says:
“I abhor tthe pride of Jacob,
And hate his palaces;
Therefore I will deliver up the city
And all that is in it.”
9 Then it shall come to pass, that if ten men remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And when 1a relative of the dead, with one who will burn the bodies, picks up the 2bodies to take them out of the house, he will say to one inside the house, “Are there any more with you?”
Then someone will say, “None.”
11 For behold, wthe Lord gives a command:
xHe will break the great house into bits,
And the little house into pieces.
Does one plow there with oxen?
Yet yyou have turned justice into gall,
And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
13 You who rejoice over 3Lo Debar,
Who say, “Have we not taken 4Karnaim for ourselves
By our own strength?”
14 “But, behold, zI will raise up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,”
Says the Lord God of hosts;
“And they will afflict you from the aentrance of Hamath
To the Valley of the Arabah.”
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