Amos 5

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1 Hoor hierdie woord wat Ek oor julle as klaaglied aanhef, o huis van Israel!

2 Die jonkvrou van Israel het geval, sy sal nie weer opstaan nie; neergewerp lê sy op haar land, niemand rig haar op nie.

3 Want so sê die Here HERE: Die stad wat met duisend uitgetrek het, hou honderd oor; en die wat met honderd uitgetrek het, hou tien oor vir die huis van Israel.

4 Want so sê die HERE aan die huis van Israel: Soek My, dan sal julle lewe!

5 Maar soek Bet-el nie, en kom nie na Gilgal nie en trek nie deur na Berséba nie. Want Gilgal sal gewis in ballingskap gaan, en Bet-el sal tot niks word nie.

6 Soek die HERE, dan sal julle lewe, sodat Hy nie teen die huis van Josef uitbreek soos 'n vuur wat verteer sonder dat iemand dit vir Bet-el kan blus nie.

7 Julle wat die reg in wilde-als verander en die geregtigheid teen die grond gooi!

8 Hy wat die Sewe-ster en die Oríon gemaak het en die duisternis in môrelig verander en die dag tot nag verduister, wat die waters van die see roep en dit uitgiet oor die oppervlakte van die aarde--HERE is sy Naam!

9 Hy wat verwoesting laat aanblits oor die sterke, en verwoesting kom oor die vesting!

10 Hulle haat die man wat in die poort die reg handhaaf, en hulle het 'n afsku van hom wat in opregtheid spreek.

11 Daarom, omdat julle die arm man vertrap en van hom 'n heffing van koring neem, het julle huise van gekapte klippe gebou, maar julle sal nie daarin woon nie; julle het pragtige wingerde geplant, maar julle sal die wyn daarvan nie drink nie.

12 Want Ek weet dat julle oortreding menigvuldig en julle sondes geweldig is, julle wat die vyande is van die regverdige, wat omkoopgeld aanneem en die behoeftiges wegstoot in die poort.

13 Daarom swyg die verstandige in so 'n tyd, want dit is 'n onheilspellende tyd.

14 Soek wat goed is, en nie wat sleg is nie, sodat julle kan lewe en die HERE, die God van die leërskare, só met julle kan wees soos julle sê.

15 Julle moet haat wat sleg is en liefhê wat goed is, en handhaaf die reg in die poort--miskien sal die HERE, die God van die leërskare, Hom ontferm oor die oorblyfsel van Josef.

16 Daarom, so sê die HERE, die God van die leërskare, die Here: Op al die pleine weeklag! En op al die strate sal hulle sê: Ag, ag! En hulle sal na die landbouer roep om te treur, en te weeklaag na die wat verstaan om treurliedere te sing.

17 Ook sal daar in al die wingerde weeklag wees wanneer Ek in jou midde deurtrek, sê die HERE.

18 Wee die wat na die dag van die HERE verlang! Wat sal tog die dag van die HERE vir julle wees? Dit sal duisternis wees en geen lig nie.

19 Soos wanneer iemand vlug vir 'n leeu, maar 'n beer loop hom raak; of hy kom in die huis en leun met sy hand teen die muur, en 'n slang byt hom!

20 Is die dag van die HERE nie duisternis en geen lig nie, ja, donkerheid sonder 'n ligstraal?

21 Ek haat, Ek versmaad julle feeste en het geen welgevalle aan julle feestye nie.

22 Want al bring julle vir My brandoffers saam met julle spysoffers, Ek het daar geen welbehae in nie, en die dankoffer van julle vetgemaakte kalwers sien Ek nie met welgevalle aan nie.

23 Verwyder van My die geraas van jou liedere! En na die geluid van jou harpe wil Ek nie luister nie.

24 Maar laat die reg aanrol soos watergolwe, en geregtigheid soos 'n standhoudende stroom.

25 Het julle aan My slagoffers en spysoffers gebring veertig jaar lank in die woestyn, o huis van Israel,

26 en ook gedra Sakkut, julle koning, en Kewan, julle beelde, julle stergod wat julle vir julle gemaak het?

27 Daarom sal Ek julle anderkant Damaskus in ballingskap wegvoer, sê die HERE wie se Naam God van die leërskare is.

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 5      

1-3 The Lord is sorrowful that the church, the Truth from the Divine flowing into the world, has successively been devastated, as is seen in the previous chapter, Amos 4. Verse 3 says, “The city that goes out by a thousand shall have a hundred left.” So very little truth is left to nourish the people, and this bad state is by their own doing.

4-9 Amid this dying out, the Lord entreats, almost anxiously, “Seek Me and live,” then names traps or states that will turn people from Him: Bethel, Gilgal, and Beersheba. The first is falsifying knowledges, the second sensuous or external pleasures; and the last “negative attitudes towards everything that constitutes faith and its doctrine (SH 3923:6). The next warning is to those “who turn justice into wormwood,” v. 7 or turn good into evil (SH 1488:2). He wants them to return to him and explains clearly that He is the source of power, the one who, “Made the Pleiades and Orion,” v. 8 and the one who “rains ruin upon the strong” v.9.

10-13 In their self-intelligence they continue to reject the Lord, to “tread down the poor,” rejecting even the little bits of truth coming to them. The people are warned, “Though you have built houses of hewn stone, yet you shall not dwell in them,” stone meaning truths of the natural (AE 745:3). The dictionary meaning of “hewn” means a workman making something, so it can be seen as coming from themselves, or their own intelligence. Anything like that is “devoid of life from the Divine” (SH 9852:2).

14-15 The path is shown for the way the Lord can be with them, “Seek good and not evil, that you may live.” It can’t be any plainer. In that way the Lord can reach out with His mercy, and “be gracious to the remnant of Joseph” v.15. The remnant is the small amount of truth, and Joseph is the spiritual part of us (SH 3921:3).

16-20 Here people are warned of how bad it will be for them when the day of the Lord comes. “Is not the day of the Lord darkness?” for those who are in evil, “with no brightness in it?” v.20. A person’s suffering will be painful, “as though he went into the house, leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him,” and terrorizing, “As though a man fled from a lion and a bear met him,” v. 19.

21-22 Their worship won’t be accepted, shown by, “I hate, I despise your feast days” v. 21. The strong language of the Lord is the mirror opposite of the depth of the evil the people are in, since only a remnant of the truth is with them, as in v. 3.

23-25 Take away your noisy songs and melodies, the Lord says, take away what sounds beautiful to you but is hurtful to the Divine because of the lack of goodness and truth. In its place he wants people to “Let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mightly stream” v. 24.

26-27 If people don’t return to the Lord, everything good will be taken from them, shown in “Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus” v. 27. Damascus was the furtherest boundary of Canaan, or beyond where spiritual things reside. The “boundary of Damascus” is also used in Ezekiel 47:16-18 (AE 1088).

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 205


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 195, 468, 576, 922, 925, 1071, 1715, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 316, 410, 413, 501, 573, 620, 650, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 38

Sacred Scripture 85

True Christian Religion 51, 82, 689, 761


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 208, 365, 376, 448, 519, 526, 573, ...

Canons of the New Church 27

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 5, 56

Marriage 51, 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 56, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

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