Amos 6:1
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1  Ah, you who are at ease in Tzion And confident on the hill of Shomron, You notables of the leading nation On whom the House of Yisrael pin their hopes:

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 confident on the hill of Shomron

The hills of Shomron

While the poor suffer under heavy taxation and injustice, the rich remain blissfully unaware of the conditions outside their palaces and the impending doom that awaits them. Shomron 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 the events transpiring on the other side of these mountains.

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