阿摩司书 4

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1 欺贫重富必受惩罚

2 主耶和华指着自己的圣洁起誓:“看哪!对付你们的日子快到,人必用钩子把你们钩走,最后一个也必被人用鱼钩钩去。

3 你们一个一个经过城墙的破口出去,被丢弃在哈门。”这是耶和华的宣告。

4 向偶像献祭的罪“你们去伯特利犯罪,在吉甲增加过犯吧!每早献上你们的祭物,每三日献上你们的十分之一吧!

5 以色列人哪!把有酵的饼作感谢祭献上,高声宣扬你们自愿献的祭吧!这原是你们喜爱行的。”这是主耶和华的宣告。

6 受重罚仍不悔改“虽然我使你们各城的人牙齿干净,各处都缺乏粮食;但你们仍不归向我。”这是耶和华的宣告。

7 “我曾在收割前三个月,不降雨给你们;我降雨给一个城,在另一个城却不降雨;我在一块地降雨,另一块地没有雨水就枯干了。

8 两三个城的居民挤到一个城去找水喝,却没有足够的水喝;但你们仍不归向我。”这是耶和华的宣告。

9 “我曾多次用热风和霉烂击打你们的园子和葡萄园,叫蝗虫吃光你们的无花果树和橄榄树;但你们仍不归向我。”这是耶和华的宣告。

10 “我在你们中间降下瘟疫,正如临到埃及的瘟疫一样;我用刀杀掉你们的年轻人,你们被掳去的马匹也遭杀戮;我使你们营里死尸的臭气扑鼻,但你们仍不归向我。”这是耶和华的宣告。

11 “我倾覆你们,就像倾覆所多玛和蛾摩拉一样;你们像一根木柴,从火里抽出来;但你们仍不归向我。”这是耶和华的宣告。

12 “因此,以色列啊!我必这样对付你。以色列啊!因我必这样对付你,你应当预备迎见你的 神。”

13 看哪!他造了山,创造了风,把他的心意告诉人;他造了晨光和黑暗,他的脚踏在地的高处,耶和华万军的 神就是他的名。

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 4      

By Helen Kennedy

In chapter 4 of the Book of Amos, verses 1-3 talk about people who pervert the truths of the church. They will fall into falsities in outermost things. Fish are lower things, so it follows that fishhooks (verse 2) would mean being caught and held fast in natural or lower things.

Verses 4-6 talk about things of worship such as tithes and sacrifices. These look similar to genuine worship, but are only in outermost things. We can tell because ‘teeth’ (verse 6) represent ultimates or outermost things (Secrets of Heaven 6380), so it follows that “cleanness of teeth” would mean outermost things that look good but only imitate genuine worship. The Lord exhorts, “Yet you have not returned to me.”

Verses 7-8. Some things true will remain, when the rest are false, in consequence of which truths will have no power. This can be seen where the Lord says, “I made it rain on one city; I withheld rain from another city... where it did not rain the part withered.” Again the Lord exhorts, “Yet you have not returned to me.”

Verse 9. Afterward all things of the church are falsified, shown in how blight attacked the gardens, vineyards, fig tree and olive trees. The last three represent spiritual, natural and celestial things, or all the things of spiritual life. “Yet you have not returned to me,” says the Lord.

Verses 10-11. The Lord explains the devastating things he allowed to happen: plague in Egypt, death of young men by swords, stench in the camps, Sodom and Gomorrah. This is because they are profaned by sensual knowledges - profanation meaning the mixing of good and evil together (Secrets of Heaven 1001:2).

This extends to all things of the church, the church being the Lord’s kingdom on earth (Secrets of Heaven 768:3).

With profanation “as soon as any idea of what is holy arises, the idea of what is profane joins immediately to it” (Secrets of Heaven 301).

Now there is hardly anything left. “Yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord again.

Verses 12-13. Because people adamantly remain in their profane ways, they are warned, “Prepare to meet your God!”. This is the God powerful and mighty, “who forms mountains, and creates the wind,” and even more close to home, “Who declares to man what his thought is.” As intimately a knowing as that is, the Lord’s love for all humanity is contained in His exhortations for them to turn themselves to Him.

See, for example, Luke 6:44-45, and True Christian Religion 373.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 204


Other references to this chapter:

天堂的奥秘 382, 1069, 1453, 2165, 2220, 2799, 2842, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 336, 439, 474, 496, 502, 862

The Lord 49


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 403, 405, 513, 532, 556, 560, 608, ...

Other New Christian Commentary

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