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 1 “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion,

 and to those who are secure on the mountain of Samaria,

 the notable men of the chief of the nations

 to whom the house of Israel come!


 2 Go to Calneh, and see;

 and from there go to Hamath the great;

 then go down to Gath of the Philistines.

 Are they better than these kingdoms?

 Or is their territory greater than your territory?


 3 Those who put far away the evil day

 and cause the seat of violence to come near,


 4 who lie on beds of ivory

 and stretch themselves on their couches

 and eat the lambs out of the flock

 and the calves out of the middle of the stall,


 5 who strum on the strings of a harp,

 who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David,


 6 who drink wine in bowls

 and anoint themselves with the best oils,

 but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.


 7 Therefore they will now go captive

 with the first who go captive,

 and the feasting and lounging will end.”


8The Lord Yahweh has sworn by himself, says Yahweh, the God of Armies:

 “I abhor the pride of Jacob,

 and detest his fortresses.

 Therefore I will deliver up the city with all that is in it.”


9It will happen, if there remain ten men in one house, that they will die.
  10When a man’s relative carries him, even he who burns him, to bring bodies out of the house, and asks him who is in the innermost parts of the house, “Is there yet any with you?”

And he says, “No,”

then he will say, “Hush! Indeed we must not mention the name of Yahweh.”

11For behold, Yahweh commands,

 and the great house will be smashed to pieces,

 and the little house into bits.


Do horses run on the rocky crags?

 Does one plow there with oxen?

 But you have turned justice into poison,

 and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness;


 13 you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo-debar,

 who say, “Have we not taken for ourselves Karnaim

 by our own strength?”


 14 “For behold, I will raise up against you a nation,

 house of Israel,”

 says Yahweh, the God of Armies;

 “and they will afflict

 you from Lebo-hamath

 to the brook of the Arabah.”


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