Amos 6

Study the Inner Meaning

French: Louis Segond (1910)         

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1 Malheur à ceux qui vivent tranquilles dans Sion, Et en sécurité sur la montagne de Samarie, A ces grands de la première des nations, Auprès desquels va la maison d'Israël!...

2 Passez à Calné et voyez, Allez de là jusqu'à Hamath la grande, Et descendez à Gath chez les Philistins: Ces villes sont-elles plus prospères que vos deux royaumes, Et leur territoire est-il plus étendu que le vôtre?...

3 Vous croyez éloigné le jour du malheur, Et vous faites approcher le règne de la violence.

4 Ils reposent sur des lits d'ivoire, Ils sont mollement étendus sur leurs couches; Ils mangent les agneaux du troupeau, Les veaux mis à l'engrais.

5 Ils extravaguent au son du luth, Ils se croient habiles comme David sur les instruments de musique.

6 Ils boivent le vin dans de larges coupes, Ils s'oignent avec la meilleure huile, Et ils ne s'attristent pas sur la ruine de Joseph!

7 C'est pourquoi ils seront emmenés à la tête des captifs; Et les cris de joie de ces voluptueux cesseront.

8 Le Seigneur, l'Eternel, l'a juré par lui-même; L'Eternel, le Dieu des armées, a dit: J'ai en horreur l'orgueil de Jacob, Et je hais ses palais; Je livrerai la ville et tout ce qu'elle renferme.

9 Et s'il reste dix hommes dans une maison, ils mourront.

10 Lorsqu'un parent prendra un mort pour le brûler Et qu'il enlèvera de la maison les ossements, Il dira à celui qui est au fond de la maison: Y a-t-il encore quelqu'un avec toi? Et cet homme répondra: Personne... Et l'autre dira: Silence! Ce n'est pas le moment de prononcer le nom de l'Eternel.

11 Car voici, l'Eternel ordonne: Il fera tomber en ruines la grande maison, Et en débris la petite maison.

12 Est-ce que les chevaux courent sur un rocher, Est-ce qu'on y laboure avec des boeufs, Pour que vous ayez changé la droiture en poison, Et le fruit de la justice en absinthe?

13 Vous vous réjouissez de ce qui n'est que néant, Vous dites: N'est-ce pas par notre force Que nous avons acquis de la puissance?

14 C'est pourquoi voici, je ferai lever contre vous, maison d'Israël, Dit l'Eternel, le Dieu des armées, une nation Qui vous opprimera depuis l'entrée de Hamath Jusqu'au torrent du désert.

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 6      

By Helen Kennedy

Woe is called upon people who seem to live a life of ease and fill it with pleasures. For example, those who “Eat lambs from the flock.” (Amos 6:4) Following Swedenborg’s correspondences it could mean “Those who attribute innocence (the lamb) to themselves,” or think they are blameless when they have actually sinned. Also, “Do horses run on rocks?”(Amos 6:12) is a great image for when our understanding is filled with only literal or external truths but doesn’t delve into deeper ones that show the Lord’s leading more clearly.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 206


Other references to this chapter:

Arcanes Célestes 576, 1183, 1488, 2832, 5895, 6188, 6297, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 137, 270, 360, 410, 474, 668, 774, ...

La Doctrine de l'Écriture Sainte 85

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 51


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 163, 279, 316, 355, 375, 376, 448, ...

Marriage 51

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:




Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Genèse 37:25

1 Samuel 5:8, 10

2 Samuel 8:9

1 Rois 16:24

2 Rois 15:29

2 Chroniques 29:26

Proverbes 1:32, 8:13

Ésaïe 5:12, 10:9, 24:8, 28:1, 32:9

Jérémie 2:3, 5:5, 15, 22:14, 51:14

Ézéchiel 12:27, 29:3, 9

Daniel 4:27

Amos 3:9, 10, 11, 15, 4:3, 5:7, 27, 8:3, 7, 9:10

Michée 1:6, 3:1

Nahum 8

Zéphanie 1:12

Hébreux 6:13

Jacques 5:5

Word/Phrase Explanations

Montagne
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

Samarie
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.

première
In the Word, "beginning" doesn't just mean the beginning of something in time. In the inner sense, it means the initial phase of a spiritual...

Nations
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...

maison
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

Israël
'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...

passez
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...

grande
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

gath
Gath, a city of the Philistines, signifies the spiritual principle of the church.

philistins
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...

territoire
Often translated as “edge,” “border,” “boundary,” “outskirts,” “far places” and other ways, this term is used in the Bible for the farthest reaches of an...

jour
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

la violence
'Violence' signifies the outrage done to charity and the destruction of charity and faith. 'Violence,' as in Jeremiah 15:21, signifies falsities which assault the good...

lits
A bed of ivory (Amos 6:4) are doctrines apparently from rational truths.

Ivoire
'Ivory' signifies natural truth.

troupeau
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...

veaux
'Stables' signify instructions.

luth
'Psalteries' correspond to spiritual good.

david
David is one of the most significant figures in the Bible. He was a musician, one of history’s greatest poets, the boy warrior who killed...

Instruments
Instruments of music,' according to correspondences, signify the pleasant and delightful affection of spiritual and celestial things. Therefore, also in many of the Psalms of...

vin
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...

joseph
Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, is one of the favorite characters in the Bible, with his troubles, his triumphs over them, and his constant trust in...

tête
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....

l'eternel
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...

juré
The Lord swearing by himself signifies that divine truth testifies, for He is divine truth itself, and this testifies from itself and means itself. It...

Dieu
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

armées
Armies of the heavens and the sands of the sea ('Jeremiah 33:15-22') signify the knowledges of truth and good in the spiritual and natural ma{ign21}

dit
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...

Jacob
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

Palais
'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...

ville
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

reste
In Leviticus 6:16, 'Aaron and his sons eating the remainder' signifies a person’s reciprocation and making something one's own. This represents conjunction by means of...

Dix
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...

ossements
Bones are strong and supportive, providing a framework for our bodies and making motion and action possible. They are also the least "alive" part of...

nom
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

ordonne
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...

les chevaux
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...

droiture
'Justice' signifies both good and truth.

fruit
We tend to think of "fruit" in two ways in natural language. One is as food that grows on trees and vines, sweet and delicious,...

nous
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

entrée
All changes of place in the Bible represent changes in spiritual state. “Entering” – usually used as entering someone’s house or “going in unto” someone...

torrent
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.


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