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1 犹大乌西雅,以色列约阿施的儿子耶罗波安在位的时候,大地震前二年,提哥亚牧人中的阿摩司得默示论以色列

2 耶和华必从锡安吼叫,从耶路撒冷发声;牧人的草场要悲哀;迦密的山顶要枯乾。

3 耶和华如此:大马色次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罚;因为他以打粮食的器打过基列。

4 我却要降在哈薛的家中,烧灭便哈达的宫殿

5 我必折断大马色的门闩,剪除亚文平原的居民和伯伊甸掌权的。亚兰人必被掳到吉珥。这是耶和华的。

6 耶和华如此:迦萨次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罚;因为他掳掠众民交给以东

7 我却要降在迦萨的城内,烧灭其中的宫殿

8 我必剪除亚实突的居民和亚实基伦掌权的,也必反攻击以革伦。非利士人所馀剩的必都灭亡。这是耶和华的。

9 耶和华如此:推罗次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罚;因为他将众民交给以东,并不记念弟兄的盟约。

10 我却要降在推罗的城内,烧灭其中的宫殿

11 耶和华如此以东次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罚;因为他拿刀追赶兄弟,毫无怜悯,发怒撕裂,永怀忿怒。

12 我却要降在提幔,烧灭波斯拉的宫殿

13 耶和华如此:亚扪人次地犯罪,我必不免去他们的刑罚;因为他们剖开基列的孕妇,扩张自己的境界。

14 我却要在争战呐喊的日子,旋风狂暴的时候,点拉巴的城内,烧灭其中的宫殿

15 他们的和首领必一同被掳去。这是耶和华的。

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   Study the Inner Meaning
Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 1      

By Rev. George McCurdy

The 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.

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

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

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Word/Phrase Explanations

犹大
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.


The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

以色列
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

儿子
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...


As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

耶和华
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...


To 'take the sum of the sons of Israel,' as in Exodus 30:12, signifies the whole church.

耶路撒冷
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...


The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...


The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

犯罪
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...


'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...


Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...


'A palace,' as in Psalm 144:12, represents the understanding in which truths have a beautiful form. They have a beautiful form when they are from...

居民
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

以东
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.


Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

非利士人
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...

兄弟
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

拉巴
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