The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Amos
In Amos 6, the prophet warns the preeminent leaders of Israel and Judah against their false confidence of security and urges them to learn from what happened to three nearby city-states—Calneh, Hamath the great, and Gath. He provides a detailed description of their luxurious lifestyle and self-indulgence, telling them that their luxury will be short-lived because God will send them into exile at the head of the exiles.
Through the oracle of Amos, the LORD then swears by Himself that He will deliver up the city of Samaria and all it contains because He detests Israel’s arrogance. God also detests the fortresses of the nation since they are accumulated at the expense of the poor.
Amos illustrates how the LORD’s judgment on Samaria will decimate the population. Even if ten people gather in one house for safety, they will not escape judgment. Then if one relative comes to carry the dead bodies to burn them, he will be so afraid that if he finds a survivor hiding in the house, he will urge him not to mention the name of the LORD, lest the LORD become angry and take further actions. Amos finally asks two rhetorical questions to expose Israel’s perversion of justice. In so doing, he tells them that the LORD will raise up a nation to afflict them and erase their military exploits.