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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Amos Chapter 6

Amos 6:1

amo 6:1

At ease - That neither fear nor believe the threatened judgments of God. In Zion - That is put for the kingdom of the two tribes, and principally the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Samaria - Woe to them also who rely upon the strength, wealth, and policy of the kingdom of Samaria or Israel. Which - Which two cities, Zion and Samaria. Named chief - Accounted the chief cities of that part of the world. To whom - To which place all Israel had recourse, the two tribes to Zion, the ten tribes to Samaria.

Amos 6:2

amo 6:2

Pass ye - Run over the history of that great and ancient city. Hemath - Head of the Syrian kingdom, lately overthrown by Tiglath - Pilneser, and a fresh instance of God's just indignation against secure sinners. Gath - The chief city of the Philistines, a few years before wasted by the arms of Hazael; by these examples learn to amend your ways, or expect to perish in them. Greater - That is, greater than these kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and their borders, or bounds, greater than these of Israel and Judah.

Amos 6:3

amo 6:3

Ye - That flatter yourselves the day of darkness foretold, is far off. The seat - The judgment seat which should relieve the oppressed, is made a seat of violence.

Amos 6:4

amo 6:4

That lie - That out of laziness or luxury, lay themselves to rest. And eat - The very best in all their flock.

Amos 6:5

amo 6:5

That chant - That in a time of deep mourning entertain themselves with songs, and musical instruments.

Amos 6:6

amo 6:6

In bowls - Not in little vessels, but probably bowls: they drank these filled as full as they could hold too, and in design to drink each other down. And anoint - In those hot countries this anointing was much used. Not grieved - Nothing affected with the calamities of their country.

Amos 6:7

amo 6:7

The banquet - The feastings of voluptuous ones shall cease.

Amos 6:8

amo 6:8

The excellency - All that the seed of Jacob accounts a glory and excellency to them, all their external privileges and worship.

Amos 6:9

amo 6:9

Remain - Escaping the enemies sword. Ten men - Many men, a certain number for an uncertain. They shall die - Tho' they escape a while, they shall not finally escape.

Amos 6:10

amo 6:10

Uncle - Or near kinsman, instead of those who were wont to do this, and were paid for it; but now none of these remaining, the next to the dead must, as well as he is able, take him up on his shoulders, and carry him. That burneth - Though the Jews mostly buried, yet in some cases they burned the dead bodies, as in this of pestilence. The bones - The flesh being consumed, the bones are reserved to be buried. Unto him - Any one he sees near the house out of which the bones are carried. Is there yet any - Is any one living in your house. Hold thy tongue - Do not complain, lest thou thyself be killed, lest all be rifled. For - It is too late to seek God, who is executing his immutable decree.

Amos 6:11

amo 6:11

For behold - It seems to be the continued speech of him who took care of the dead, Amo 6:10, God hath sent out war, famine, and pestilence. The great house - The palaces of great men shall have great breaches made in them, and the cottages of poor men shall, by lesser strokes, be ruined.

Amos 6:12

amo 6:12

Shall horses - If prophets exhort or advise, it does no more good than if you would run your horses upon the precipices of rocks.

Amos 6:13

amo 6:13

Who rejoice - In your victories, alliances, and idols. Have we not - We have raised ourselves to greatness by our wisdom and courage.

Amos 6:14

amo 6:14

Hemath - A city of Syria, bordering on Israel, north - east. The wilderness - Which is the south - west parts of Canaan. So all your country shall be destroyed.

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