阿摩司書 1

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1 阿摩司的默示提哥亞的牧人阿摩司,在猶大王烏西雅和以色列王約阿施的兒子耶羅波安作王的日子,大地震前二年所見的異象,就是有關以色列的話,記在下面。

2 他說:“耶和華從錫安吼叫,從耶路撒冷發聲;牧人的草場因此乾旱,迦密的山頂枯乾。

3 懲罰大馬士革“耶和華這樣說:‘大馬士革三番四次犯罪,我必不收回懲罰他的命令;因為他用打穀的鐵器蹂躪基列。

4 我必降火在哈薛的王宮,燒毀便.哈達的堡壘。

5 我必折斷大馬士革的門閂,剪除亞文平原的居民,以及伯.伊甸掌權的首領;亞蘭的人民也必被擄至吉珥。’這是耶和華說的。

6 懲罰非利士“耶和華這樣說:‘迦薩三番四次犯罪,我必不收回懲罰他的命令;因為他帶走全部的俘虜,交給以東。

7 我必降火在迦薩的城牆,燒毀他的堡壘;

8 我必剪除亞實突的居民,以及亞實基倫掌權的領袖;我必伸手攻擊以革倫,把餘剩的非利士人都滅絕。’這是主耶和華說的。

9 懲罰推羅“耶和華這樣說:‘推羅三番四次犯罪,我必不收回懲罰他的命令;因為他把全部的俘虜交給以東,並不記念與兄弟所立的盟約。

10 我必降火在推羅的城牆,燒毀他的堡壘。’

11 懲罰以東“耶和華這樣說:‘以東三番四次犯罪,我必不收回懲罰他的命令;因為他拿刀追殺他的兄弟,沒有絲毫憐憫;他的怒氣不斷爆發,他的忿怒永不止息。

12 我必降火在提幔,燒毀伯斯拉的堡壘。’

13 懲罰亞捫“耶和華這樣說:‘亞捫三番四次犯罪,我必不收回懲罰他的命令;因為他為了擴張疆界,甚至剖開基列孕婦的肚腹。

14 在戰爭之日的吶喊中,在風雨天的暴風中;我必在拉巴的城牆放火,燒毀他的堡壘。

15 他的君王必被擄走,君王和官員一同被擄。’這是耶和華說的。”

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   Study the Inner Meaning
Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 1      

By Steve David

Internal Meaning of Amos, Chapter 1
Verses 1-2 describe the Lord teaching us about the Word and doctrine from the Word. In this book of the Bible, the prophet Amos symbolizes the Lord. Amos was a shepherd, and of course that metaphor is used to describe the Lord Jesus Christ, too, in the New Testament.

The book of Amos describes the Lord's anger and impatience with the Children of Israel - in the literal sense. Inside, though, it is really a story of the Lord’s great love and concern for us. This is a book of promise: The Lord will triumph over hell’s quest to dominate us and destroy the gift of salvation. This victory is not an occasional interest of the Lord’s; He has an “ardent zeal” to protect us.

In verse 2, the roaring of the Lord from Zion and the uttering of His voice from Jerusalem teach us several things about Him in this context:
- He has grievous distress for His church and people.
- He has an ardent zeal for protecting heaven and the church.
- He warns of coming vastations.
- He points to the drying up of our “Mount Carmel” and the effects this will have on our “vineyards.”

There are different ways to destroy true ideas and good loves. Verses 3-15 in this chapter describe the different ways that people do this.

Verses 3-5 are talking about people who pervert knowledges from the Word, knowledges which help us form true, useful doctrine. When people successfully corrupt knowledge from the Word, they also undermine the good that would come from that knowledge. But, these people will perish, spiritually.

Verses 6-8 describe people who apply the Word to create or reinforce heretical false ideas. That's not a good thing to do; they will perish, too.

Verses 9-10 address people who pervert knowledges [cognitiones] of good and truth, and thereby injure the external sense of the Word.

Verses 11-12 are about people who pervert the sense of the letter of the Word by falsity, by which doctrine perishes.

Finally, verses 13-15 describe people who falsify the truths of the sense of the letter of the Word: they do not resist in the day of combat, but destroy the truth of doctrine.

What are we to make of this? One take-away is that the Lord loves us, and wants to protect us. Another is that he wants us to carefully read the Word and seek the truths in it - those in the literal sense, and those in the internal sense. From these we should form sound doctrine, and develop good loves that can be built on true ideas.

See Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325, and The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201 for further reading.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

天堂的奥秘 2606, 10325

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201


Other references to this chapter:

天堂的奥秘 367, 1197, 3995, 4171, 6419, 6804, 9340, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 343, 612


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 419, 532, 601, 746, 817, 850

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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列王纪下 8:12, 14:23, 28, 15:16, 16:9

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