Amos 6:8-14 New International Version

8  The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself-the Lord God Almighty declares: "I abhor the pride of Jacob and detest his fortresses; I will deliver up the city and everything in it." 9  If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10  And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them[1] asks anyone who might be hiding there, "Is anyone else with you?" and he says, "No," then he will go on to say, "Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord." 11  For the Lord has given the command, and he will smash the great house into pieces and the small house into bits. 12  Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow the sea[2] 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[3]and say, "Did we not take Karnaim[4] by our own strength?" 14  For the Lord God Almighty declares, "I will stir up a nation against you, Israel, that will oppress you all the way from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah."


Footnotes

[1] 6:10 Or "to make a funeral fire in honor of the dead"

[2] 6:12 With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text "plow there"

[3] 6:13 "Lo Debar" means "nothing."

[4] 6:13 "Karnaim" means "horns" ; "horn" here symbolizes strength.

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