6 Alas for those who are at ease in Zion,
and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
the notables of the first of the nations,
to whom the house of Israel resorts!
from there go to Hamath the great;
then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are you bettera than these kingdoms?
and bring near a reign of violence?
and lounge on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock,
and calves from the stall;
and like David improvise on instruments of music;
and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.
(says the Lord, the God of hosts):
I abhor the pride of Jacob
and hate his strongholds;
and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.
9 If ten people remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And if a relative, one who burns the dead,d shall take up the body to bring it out of the house, and shall say to someone in the innermost parts of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” the answer will come, “No.” Then the relativee shall say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
and the great house shall be shattered to bits,
and the little house to pieces.
Does one plow the sea with oxen?f
But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood—
13 you who rejoice in Lo-debar,g
who say, “Have we not by our own strength
taken Karnaimh for ourselves?”
O house of Israel, says the Lord, the God of hosts,
and they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath
to the Wadi Arabah.
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