Amos 6
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1  Woe to them that are at ease in Tzion and to them that are secure in the mountain of Shomron the notable men of the first of the nations to whom the house of Yisrael come!

hoy ha-sha-a-na-NEEM b’-tzi-YON v’-ha-bo-t’-KHEEM b’-HAR sho-m’-RON n’-ku-VAY ray-SHEET ha-go-YIM u-VA-u la-HEM bayt yis-ra-AYL

א  הוֹי הַשַּׁאֲנַנִּים בְּצִיּוֹן וְהַבֹּטְחִים בְּהַר שֹׁמְרוֹן נְקֻבֵי רֵאשִׁית הַגּוֹיִם וּבָאוּ לָהֶם בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל.

6:1  And to them that are secure in the mountain of Samaria

While the poor suffer under heavy taxation and injustice, the rich remain blissfully unaware of neither the conditions outside their palaces nor the impending doom that awaits them. Samaria was situated in the central hills of the country, surrounded by an array of mountains, which gave its inhabitants a feeling of security. Amos uses this geographical fact to mock the leadership’s lack of awareness of what was occurring on the other side of these mountains.


2  Pass ye unto Calneh and see and from thence go ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Plishtim; are they better than these kingdoms? or is their border greater than your border?

ב  עִבְרוּ כַלְנֵה וּרְאוּ וּלְכוּ מִשָּׁם חֲמַת רַבָּה וּרְדוּ גַת פְּלִשְׁתִּים הֲטוֹבִים מִן הַמַּמְלָכוֹת הָאֵלֶּה אִם רַב גְּבוּלָם מִגְּבֻלְכֶם.

3  Ye that put far away the evil day and cause the seat of violence to come near;

ג  הַמְנַדִּים לְיוֹם רָע וַתַּגִּשׁוּן שֶׁבֶת חָמָס.

4  That lie upon beds of ivory and stretch themselves upon their couches and eat the lambs out of the flock and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

ד  הַשֹּׁכְבִים עַל מִטּוֹת שֵׁן וּסְרֻחִים עַל עַרְשׂוֹתָם וְאֹכְלִים כָּרִים מִצֹּאן וַעֲגָלִים מִתּוֹךְ מַרְבֵּק.

5  That thrum on the psaltery that devise for themselves instruments of music like David;

ה  הַפֹּרְטִים עַל פִּי הַנָּבֶל כְּדָוִיד חָשְׁבוּ לָהֶם כְּלֵי שִׁיר.

6  That drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the chief ointments; but they are not grieved for the hurt of Yosef.

ו  הַשֹּׁתִים בְּמִזְרְקֵי יַיִן וְרֵאשִׁית שְׁמָנִים יִמְשָׁחוּ וְלֹא נֶחְלוּ עַל שֵׁבֶר יוֹסֵף.

7  Therefore now shall they go captive at the head of them that go captive and the revelry of them that stretched themselves shall pass away.

ז  לָכֵן עַתָּה יִגְלוּ בְּרֹאשׁ גֹּלִים וְסָר מִרְזַח סְרוּחִים.

8  The Lord GOD hath sworn by Himself saith Hashem the God of hosts: I abhor the pride of Yaakov and hate his palaces; and I will deliver up the city with all that is therein.

ח  נִשְׁבַּע אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה בְּנַפְשׁוֹ נְאֻם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי צְבָאוֹת מְתָאֵב אָנֹכִי אֶת גְּאוֹן יַעֲקֹב וְאַרְמְנֹתָיו שָׂנֵאתִי וְהִסְגַּרְתִּי עִיר וּמְלֹאָהּ.

9  And it shall come to pass if there remain ten men in one house that they shall die.

ט  וְהָיָה אִם יִוָּתְרוּ עֲשָׂרָה אֲנָשִׁים בְּבַיִת אֶחָד וָמֵתוּ.

10  And when a man’s uncle shall take him up even he that burneth him to bring out the bones out of the house and shall say unto him that is in the innermost parts of the house: ‘Is there yet any with thee?’ and he shall say: ‘No’; then shall he say: ‘Hold thy peace; for we must not make mention of the name of Hashem.’

י  וּנְשָׂאוֹ דּוֹדוֹ וּמְסָרְפוֹ לְהוֹצִיא עֲצָמִים מִן הַבַּיִת וְאָמַר לַאֲשֶׁר בְּיַרְכְּתֵי הַבַּיִת הַעוֹד עִמָּךְ וְאָמַר אָפֶס וְאָמַר הָס כִּי לֹא לְהַזְכִּיר בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה.

11  For behold Hashem commandeth and the great house shall be smitten into splinters and the little house into chips.

יא  כִּי הִנֵּה יְהוָה מְצַוֶּה וְהִכָּה הַבַּיִת הַגָּדוֹל רְסִיסִים וְהַבַּיִת הַקָּטֹן בְּקִעִים.

12  Do horses run upon the rocks? Doth one plow there with oxen? that ye have turned justice into gall and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood;

יב  הַיְרֻצוּן בַּסֶּלַע סוּסִים אִם יַחֲרוֹשׁ בַּבְּקָרִים כִּי הֲפַכְתֶּם לְרֹאשׁ מִשְׁפָּט וּפְרִי צְדָקָה לְלַעֲנָה.

13  Ye that rejoice in a thing of nought that say: ‘Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?’

יג  הַשְּׂמֵחִים לְלֹא דָבָר הָאֹמְרִים הֲלוֹא בְחָזְקֵנוּ לָקַחְנוּ לָנוּ קַרְנָיִם.

14  For behold I will raise up against you a nation O house of Yisrael saith Hashem the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entrance of Hamath unto the Brook of the Arabah.

יד  כִּי הִנְנִי מֵקִים עֲלֵיכֶם בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל נְאֻם יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי הַצְּבָאוֹת גּוֹי וְלָחֲצוּ אֶתְכֶם מִלְּבוֹא חֲמָת עַד נַחַל הָעֲרָבָה.

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