Amos 6 (Temporary English Version - TempEV) printable version

1 Alas, comfortable in Zion,
and secure on Mount Samaria,
notables of the first of nations,
they come to them in Israel's house.

2 Cross over to Calneh, and see;
from there go to great Hamath;
then go down to Philistine Gath.
Are you better than these kingdoms?
Or is their territory greater than your territory?

3 Pushing away the evil day,
you bring near the reign of violence.

4 Lying on ivory couches,
sprawling on their beds,
eating the best lambs from the flock,
and calves from the fattening-pen;

5 singing to the sound of the guitar,
and like David inventing musical instruments for themselves;

6 drinking wine from basins,
they will anoint themselves with the finest oils,
but they are not troubled by the ruin of Joseph!

7 Therefore now they will be the first of the exiles,
and the feasting of the sprawlers will end.

8 My Lord Adonai has sworn by himself
(Oracle of Adonai, the God of armies):
I loathe the pride of Jacob
its citadels I hate;
and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.

9 It will happen if ten people are left in one house, they shall die.

10 A relative comes to anoint and take the bones out of the house, and says to someone in the innermost part of the house,
"Is anyone else with you?"
the answer will come,
"No one."
Then he'll say,
"Hush! No mentioning Adonai's name."

11So, look, Adonai commands,
He strikes the great house - fragments,
and the little house - rubble.

12 Do horses run on crags?
Does one plow the sea with an ox?
But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood-

13 Joyful about nothing/Lo-debar,
saying, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for ourselves?"
14 So, look! I am raising up against you,
house of Israel,
(Oracle of Adonai, the God of armies)
a nation and they will oppress you from Lebo-hamath to the Wadi Arabah.

This very literal translation was prepared by Dr Tim Bulkeley for use with this Amos commentary
(His son named it the Temporary English Version because it kept changing!)