阿摩司書 5

Study the Inner Meaning

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1 哀歌以色列家啊!要聽這話,就是我為你們唱的輓歌:

2 “童貞女以色列,跌倒了,不能再起來;她被拋棄在自己的地上,沒有人扶她起來。”

3 因為主耶和華論以色列家這樣說:“這城派兵一千,剩下的只有一百;出兵一百,只剩下十個。”

4 尋求主得以存活耶和華對以色列家這樣說:“尋求我,就必存活;

5 不要去伯特利尋求我,不要去吉甲,也不要過去別是巴。因為吉甲必被擄掠,伯特利必化為烏有。”

6 尋求耶和華,就必存活,免得他像火在約瑟家猛烈蔓延,吞滅他們;沒有人能把伯特利的火撲滅。

7 他們使公正變為苦堇,把公義棄於地上。

8 那創造昴星和參星,把幽暗變為黎明,把白日轉為黑夜;又吩咐海水,把海水倒在地上的;耶和華就是他的名。

9 是他使毀滅像閃電臨到堡壘,使毀滅臨到堅固的城。

10 你們討厭那在城門口主持公道的人,恨惡說正直話的。

11 你們欺壓窮人,強徵他們的五穀;因此,你們用琢磨過的石頭建造房屋,卻不能住在其中;你們栽種美好的葡萄園,卻不能喝園中的酒。

12 因為我知道你們的過犯眾多,罪大惡極;你們迫害義人,收受賄賂,在城門口屈枉窮乏人;

13 為此,聰明人在這時代緘默無聲,因這時代邪惡。

14 你們要尋求良善,不要尋求邪惡,這樣才可以存活。耶和華萬軍的 神就必與你們同在,正如你們所說的。

15 你們要喜愛良善,恨惡邪惡,在城門口伸張正義;這樣,耶和華萬軍的 神或會恩待約瑟的餘民。

16 因此,主耶和華萬軍的 神這樣說:“各廣場充滿哀慟的聲音,街上只聽見‘苦啊!苦啊!’的喊聲;人要召農夫來哀哭,召善於哭喪的人來哀喊。

17 所有葡萄園充滿哀慟的聲音,因為我必在你們中間經過。”這是耶和華說的。

18 渴望耶和華日子來臨的人,你們有禍了!耶和華的日子對你們有甚麼好處呢?那日是黑暗,沒有光明的日子。

19 那日就像一個人避過了獅子,卻遇上了熊;回到家裡,手靠在牆上,卻被蛇咬。

20 耶和華的日子不是黑暗,沒有光明,只有幽暗,全無光輝嗎?

21  神不喜歡外表的敬虔我憎恨、厭惡你們的節期,也不喜愛你們的節日。

22 雖然你們給我獻上燔祭和素祭,我卻不接受。你們獻上肥美的牲畜作平安祭,我也不悅納。

23 你們唱歌的吵聲要遠離我,我不想聽見你們的琴聲。

24 但願公正好像潮水滾流,公義好像河水長流。

25 以色列家啊!你們在曠野四十年,有獻燔祭和素祭給我嗎?

26 你們抬著你們的神“撒固”王,和你們的星神“迦溫”的神像,就是你們為自己所做的。

27 我必使你們被擄,流亡到大馬士革以外。這是耶和華說的,萬軍的 神就是他的名。

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   Study the Inner Meaning
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:

天堂的奥秘 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

真實的基督徒信仰 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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