From the formalists the prophet turned toward those who had lost all sense of the spiritual and the moral, and were indifferent, those were ''at ease in Zion," and "secure upon the mountains of Samaria." He had in mind the national leaders, "the notable men of the chief of the nation." Zion and Samaria were the headquarters of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Here the rulers were living in luxury, and abandoned to animalism, having lost all consciousness of their relationship to Jehovah, with its consequent demands on life and conduct. It would seem that they had given up all reference to "the Day of the Lord," being careless concerning it, and probably disbelieving in it.
On such, the prophet declared the coming of the swift and terrible judgments of Jehovah.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26