Amos 1

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1 Riječi Amosa, pastira iz Tekoe. Njegova viđenja o Izraelu u doba judejskoga kralja Uzije i Jeroboama, sina Joaša, izraelskoga kralja, dvije godine prije potresa.

2 Veli on: "Jahve grmi sa Siona, iz Jeruzalema glas mu se ori; stočarski pašnjaci tuže i suši se vrh Karmela."

3 Ovako govori Jahve: "Za tri zločina Damaska, za četiri zločina, odluka je neopoziva: jer su vrhli Gilead cijepom željeznim,

4 pustit ću oganj na dom Hazaelov da sažeže Ben-Hadadove dvorce;

5 polomit ću zasune Damaska, istrijebiti živalj Bikat Avena i žezlonošu iz Bet Edena; narod će aramski u ropstvo u Kir," veli Jahve Gospod.

6 Ovako govori Jahve: "Za tri zločina Gaze, za četiri zločina, odluka je neopoziva: jer odvedoše sve u izgnanstvo i Edomu predadoše,

7 pustit ću oganj na zidine Gaze da dvorce joj sažeže.

8 Istrijebit ću žitelje ašdodske i žezlonošu iz Aškelona. Pružit ću ruku na Ekron da ostatak filistejski pogine," veli Jahve Gospod.

9 Ovako govori Jahve: "Za tri zločina Tira, za četiri zločina, odluka je neopoziva: jer predade sve izgnanike Edomu i nisu se sjetili bratskog saveza,

10 pustit ću oganj na zidove Tira da sažeže njihove dvorce."

11 Ovako govori Jahve: "Za tri zločina Edoma, za četiri zločina, odluka je neopoziva: jer gonjaše brata mačem prigušujuć' samilost svoju, jer gnjev svoj potpirivaše jednako, jer poticaše bijes svoj,

12 pustit ću oganj na Teman da sažeže dvorce u Bosri."

13 Ovako govori Jahve: "Za tri zločina Amonovih sinova, za četiri zločina, odluka je neopoziva: jer parahu trudnice gileadske da rašire granice svoje,

14 potpalit ću oganj na zidinama Rabe da dvorce joj sažeže, s bojnom grajom u dan rata, s burama u dan vihora,

15 a kralj će im otić' u izgnanstvo, on i knezovi njegovi s njime," veli Jahve Gospod.

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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:

Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 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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