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Amos Chapter 6

Amos 6:1
6:1 Woe to {a} them [that are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the
    mountain of Samaria, {b} [which are] named chief of the
    nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

    (a) The Prophet threatens the wealthy, who did not regard
        God's plagues, nor threatenings by his Prophets.
    (b) These two cities were famous from their first
        inhabitants the Canaanites: and seeing that before they
        did not avail those that were born here, why should you
        think that they should save you who were brought in to
        dwell in other men's possessions?

Amos 6:2
6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to
    Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines:
    [be {c} they] better than these kingdoms? or their border
    greater than your border?

    (c) If God has destroyed these excellent cities in three
        different kingdoms, that is Babylon, Syria, and that of
        the Philistines, and has narrowed their wide borders
        more than yours yet are, do you think that you are
        better, or that you will escape?

Amos 6:3
6:3 Ye that put far away the {d} evil day, and cause the seat of
    violence to come near;

    (d) You that continue still in your wickedness, and think
        that God's plagues are not at hand, but give yourselves
        to all idleness, lustfulness, and disorder.

Amos 6:5
6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent to
    themselves instruments of musick, like {e} David;

    (e) As he caused different types of instruments to be made
        to serve God's glory, so these did strive to invent as
        many to serve their unrestrained affections and lusts.

Amos 6:6
6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the
    chief ointments: but they are not {f} grieved for the
    affliction of Joseph.

    (f) They did not pity their brethren, of which many were now
        slain and carried away captive.

Amos 6:7
6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go
    captive, and the {g} banquet of them that stretched
    themselves shall be removed.

    (g) Some read "the sorrow of them that stretched themselves
        is at hand".

Amos 6:8
6:8 {h} The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the
    God of hosts, I abhor {i} the excellency of Jacob, and hate
    his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all
    that is therein.

    (h) Read Jeremiah 51:14.
    (i) That is, the riches and pomp.

Amos 6:10
6:10 And a man's uncle {k} shall take him up, and he that
     burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and
     shall say unto him that [is] by the {l} sides of the house,
     [Is there] yet [any] with thee? and he shall say, No. Then
     shall he say, {m} Hold thy tongue: for we may not make
     mention of the name of the LORD.

     (k) The destruction will be so great, that almost none will
         be left to bury the dead: and therefore they will burn
         them at home, to carry out the burnt ashes with more
     (l) That is, to some neighbour that dwells near by.
     (m) They will be so astonished at this destruction, that
         they will not boast any more of the name of God, and
         that they are his people: but they will be silent when
         they hear God's name, and abhor it, as those that are
         desperate, or reprobate.

Amos 6:12
6:12 Shall horses {n} run upon the rock? will [one] plow [there]
     with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the
     fruit of righteousness into {o} hemlock:

     (n) He compares them to barren rocks, upon which it is in
         vain to bestow labour: showing that God's benefits can
         have no place among them.
     (o) Read Amos 5:7.

Amos 6:13
6:13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we
     not taken to us {p} horns by our own strength?

     (p) That is, power and glory.

Amos 6:14
6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house
     of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall
     afflict you from the entering in of {q} Hemath unto the
     river of the wilderness.

     (q) From one corner of the country to another.

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