Amos 4

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1 Počujte ovu riječ, krave bašanske, što boravite na samarijskoj gori, tlačite potrebite, ugnjetavate siromahe, govorite muževima: "Donesi da pijemo!"

2 Zakle se Jahve Gospod svetošću svojom: "Dolaze vam, evo, dani kad će vas izvlačiti kukama, a posljednju od vas ostima.

3 Kroz pukotine ćete izlaziti, ne obziruć' se nikamo, i biti bačene prema Hermonu" - riječ je Jahvina.

4 "Idite samo u Betel i griješite, u Gilgal i množite grijehe svoje! Prinosite svakog jutra žrtve, i desetine svaki treći dan.

5 Palite tijesto uskislo na žrtvu zahvalnicu, oglasite žrtve dragovoljne, razglasite ih, jer to volite, sinovi Izraelovi" - riječ je Jahve Gospoda.

6 "Zato dadoh da vam zubi čisti ostanu u svim gradovima vašim, ostavih vas bez kruha u svim selima vašim; pa ipak se ne obratiste k meni" - riječ je Jahvina.

7 "Uskratih vam i kišu tri mjeseca prije žetve; pustih da kiši na jedan grad, al' ne i na drugi; jedno bi se polje nakvasilo, a drugo bi se - na koje ne pustih kiše - sasušilo.

8 Dva-tri grada lutahu tako u treći da piju vode, ali se ne mogoše napiti, pa ipak se ne obratiste k meni" - riječ je Jahvina.

9 "Udarah vas snijeću i medljikom, sasuših vam vrtove i vinograde, proždriješe vam skakavci smokve i masline, pa ipak se ne obratiste k meni" - riječ je Jahvina.

10 "Poslah na vas kugu poput kuge egipatske; mladiće vaše poklah mačem, a konji vam bjehu k'o plijen odvedeni; napunih vam nosnice smradom iz tabora vašega, pa ipak se ne obratiste k meni" - riječ je Jahvina.

11 "Obarah vas k'o što Bog obori Sodomu i Gomoru, bijaste k'o glavnja iz ognja istrgnuta, pa ipak se ne obratiste k meni" - riječ je Jahvina.

12 "Stog ću, Izraele, ovako s tobom postupiti, i jer ću tako s tobom postupiti, pripravi se, Izraele, da susretneš Boga svoga!"

13 Jer, gle, on sazda planine i stvori vjetar, otkriva čovjeku misao svoju, on tvori zoru i mrak, i penje se na vrh visova zemaljskih, Jahve, Bog nad Vojskama, njegovo je ime.

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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:

Arcana Coelestia 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

  Stories and their meanings:



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