1Disaster for those so comfortable in Zion and for those so confident on the hil of Samaria, the notablesof this first of nations, those to whom the House of Israel has recourse! 2Travel to Calneh and look, go on from there to Hamath the great, then go down to Gath in Philistia. Arethey more powerful than these kingdoms? Is their territory larger than yours? 3Thinking to defer the evil day, you are hastening the reign of violence. 4Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on lambs from the flock, and stal -fattened veal; 5they bawl to the sound of the lyre and, like David, they invent musical instruments; 6they drink wine by the bowlful, and lard themselves with the finest oils, but for the ruin of Joseph theycare nothing. 7That is why they wil now go into captivity, heading the column of captives. The sprawlers' revelry isover. 8Lord Yahweh has sworn by his own self -declares Yahweh, God Sabaoth: I detest the pride of Jacob, Ihate his palaces, I shal hand over the city and al in it. 9If ten people are left in a single house, they wil die 10and a few will be left to carry the bones from the house, and they will say to anyone deep inside thehouse, 'Any more there?' and he wil answer, 'No.' Then he wil say, 'Hush!-Yahweh's name must not bementioned.' 11For look, Yahweh gives the command: as he strikes, the great house fal s to pieces and the smalhouse is in fragments. 12Can horses gal op over rocks? Can the sea be ploughed with oxen? Yet you have changed justiceinto poison, and the fruit of uprightness into wormwood, 13while rejoicing over Lo-Debar and saying, 'Wasn't it by our own strength that we captured Karnaim?' 14But look, House of Israel, against you -declares Yahweh, God Sabaoth- I am raising a nation tooppress you from the Pass of Hamath to the Gorge of the Arabah.
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