Amos 3

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1 Hear this word that Jehovah hath spoken against you, children of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,

2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities.

3 Shall two walk together except they be agreed?

4 Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he have taken nothing?

5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth when no gin [is laid] for him? Will the snare spring up from the earth when nothing at all hath been taken?

6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and Jehovah not have done [it]?

7 But the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

8 The lion hath roared, -- who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken, -- who can but prophesy?

9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great uproar in the midst thereof, and the oppressions that are within her:

10 and they know not to do right, saith Jehovah, who store up violence and plunder in their palaces.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: An adversary! -- even round about the land! And he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be pillaged.

12 Thus saith Jehovah: Like as the shepherd rescueth out of the jaw of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be rescued that sit in Samaria in the corner of a couch, and upon the damask of a bed.

13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts,

14 that in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will also punish the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

15 And I will smite the winter-house with the summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and many houses shall have an end, saith Jehovah.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 203


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 592, 921, 1453, 2832, 2973, 3869, 6188, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 3, 137, 241, 270, 392, 471, 774

Doctrine of the Lord 4


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 163, 278, 316, 391, 409, 601, 624, ...

De Verbo (The Word) 12

Spiritual Experiences 4762

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

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