NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – OLD TESTAMENT READING: Amos 6:1–7

1“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion,

and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria,

the notable men of the first of the nations,

to whom the house of Israel comes!

2Pass over to Calneh, and see,

and from there go to Hamath the great;

then go down to Gath of the Philistines.

Are you better than these kingdoms?

Or is their territory greater than your territory,

3O you who put far away the day of disaster

and bring near the seat of violence?

4“Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory

and stretch themselves out on their couches,

and eat lambs from the flock

and calves from the midst of the stall,

5who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp

and like David invent for themselves instruments of music,

6who drink wine in bowls

and anoint themselves with the finest oils,

but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!

7Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile,

and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”