Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quote of the Day (The Prophet Amos, on the Complacent of His Time--And Ours)

“Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
    and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
    to whom the people of Israel come!...
You put off the day of disaster
    and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds adorned with ivory
    and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
    and fattened calves.
You strum away on your harps like David
    and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful
    and use the finest lotions,
    but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;
    your feasting and lounging will end.”—Amos 6: 1, 3-7 (New International Version)

The image accompanying this post is from the watercolor The Prophet Amos (ca. 1888), by James Tissot (1836 – 1902).

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