New Defender's Study Bible Notes
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.
6:5 instruments of musick. The pagan-like culture of Israel was addicted to sensuous music and “wine in bowls,” but they were “not grieved for the affliction” of their country (Amos 6:6). The parallel to modern America is again obvious.
6:12 plow there with oxen. The answer to such rhetorical questions is: “Of course not!” But just as absurd was the destructive life style of Israel’s people.