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Warnings to Zion and Samaria

6 Woe ato you who are at bease in Zion,

And ctrust in Mount Samaria,

Notable persons in the dchief nation,

To whom the house of Israel comes!

2 eGo over to fCalneh and see;

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?

3 Woe to you who iput far off the day of jdoom,

kWho cause lthe seat of violence to come near;

4 Who lie on beds of ivory,

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,

And invent for yourselves nmusical instruments olike David;

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.”

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.”

And he will say, u“Hold your tongue! vFor we dare not mention the name of the Lord.”

11 For behold, wthe Lord gives a command:

xHe will break the great house into bits,

And the little house into pieces.

12 Do horses run on rocks?

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.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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