at ease in Zion
6:1 at ease in Zion. Zion (Jerusalem) was the capital of Judah, and Samaria the capital of Israel, so Amos’ proclamation applied to both nations. Both peoples had grievously sinned against God, yet they were living in decadent luxury and trusting in their idolatrous leaders to maintain such life-styles for them. The parallel to western Christendom today is frighteningly obvious. Woe to those in luxurious pagan ease, when they should be getting right with God, the prophet would say to us as well.