Woe to Those at Ease in Zion
1 Woe to those at ease in Zion
and those secure on Mount Samaria,
the distinguished ones of the foremost nation,
to whom the house of Israel comes.
2 Cross over to Calneh and see;
go from there to the great Hamath;
then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are you better than these kingdoms?
Is their territory larger than yours?
3 You dismiss the day of calamity
and bring near a reign of violence.
4 You lie on beds inlaid with ivory,
and lounge upon your couches.
You dine on lambs from the flock
and calves from the stall.
5 You improvise songs on the harp like David
and invent your own musical instruments.
6 You drink wine by the bowlful
and anoint yourselves with the finest oils,
but you fail to grieve
over the ruin of Joseph.
7 Therefore, you will now go into exile
as the first of the captives,
and your feasting and lounging
will come to an end.
The Pride of Israel
8 The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself—the LORD, the God of Hosts, has declared:
“I abhor Jacob’s pride
and detest his citadels,
so I will deliver up the city
and everything in it.”
9 And if there are ten men left in one house, they too will die. 10 And when the relative who is to burn the bodies a picks them up to remove them from the house, he will call to one inside, “Is anyone else with you?”
“None,” that person will answer.
“Silence,” the relative will retort, “for the name of the LORD must not be invoked.”
11 For the LORD gives a command:
“The great house will be smashed to pieces,
and the small house to rubble.”
12 “Do horses gallop on the cliffs?
Does one plow the sea b with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
‘Did we not take Karnaim d by our own strength?’
14 For behold, I will raise up a nation
against you, O house of Israel,”
declares the LORD, the God of Hosts,
“and they will oppress you
from Lebo-hamath to the Brook of the Arabah.”
10 a Or to make a funeral fire to honor the dead
12 b Literally Does one plow (there)
13 c Lo-debar means nothing .
13 d Karnaim means horn , a symbol of strength.