1 aWoe to those who are at ease in Zion
And to those who feel secure in the mountain of Samaria,
The bdistinguished men of the foremost of nations,
To whom the house of Israel comes.
2 Go over to aCalneh and look,
And go from there to bHamath the great,
Then go down to cGath of the Philistines.
Are 1they better than these kingdoms,
Or is their territory greater than yours?
3 Do you aput off the day of calamity,
And would you bbring near the seat of violence?
And sprawl on their acouches,
And beat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall,
While they anoint themselves with the finest of oils,
Yet they have not bgrieved over the ruin of Joseph.
7 Therefore, they will now ago into exile at the head of the exiles,
“I bloathe the arrogance of Jacob,
9 And it will be, if aten men are left in one house, they will die.
10 Then one’s 1uncle, or his 2aundertaker, will lift him up to carry out his bones from the house, and he will say to the one who is in the innermost part of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” And that one will say, “No one.” Then he will 3answer, “bKeep quiet. For 4the name of the Lord is cnot to be mentioned.”
Or does one plow 1them with oxen?
Yet you have turned ajustice into poison
And the fruit of righteousness into 2wormwood,
14 “For behold, aI am going to raise up a nation against you,
O house of Israel,” declares the Lord God of hosts,
“And they will afflict you from the bentrance of Hamath
To the bbrook of the Arabah.”
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