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Amos 6:1

The Party is over for the Rich

6:1 Woe 1  to those who live in ease in Zion, 2 

to those who feel secure on Mount Samaria.

They think of themselves as 3  the elite class of the best nation.

The family 4  of Israel looks to them for leadership. 5 

1 tn On the Hebrew term הוֹי (hoy; “ah, woe”) as a term of mourning, see the notes in 5:16, 18.

2 sn Zion is a reference to Jerusalem.

3 tn The words “They think of themselves as” are supplied in the translation for clarification. In the Hebrew text the term נְקֻבֵי (nÿquvey; “distinguished ones, elite”) is in apposition to the substantival participles in the first line.

4 tn Heb “house.”

5 tn Heb “comes to them.”

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