Amos 8

Study the Inner Meaning

French: Martin (1744)         

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1 Le Seigneur l'Eternel me fit voir cette vision, et voici, un panier de fruits d'Eté.

2 Et il dit : Que vois-tu, Amos? Et je répondis : Un panier de fruits d'Eté. Et l'Eternel me dit : La fin est venue sur mon peuple d'Israël, je ne lui en passerai plus.

3 Les cantiques du Temple seront des hurlements en ce temps-là, dit le Seigneur l'Eternel. Il y aura grand nombre de corps morts que l'on jettera en tous lieux en silence.

4 Ecoutez ceci vous qui engloutissez les pauvres, même jusqu'à désoler les affligés du pays;

5 Et qui dites : Quand sera passé ce mois? et nous débiterons le blé; et [quand sera passé] ce sabbat? et nous mettrons en vente le froment, en faisant l'épha plus petit, augmentant le sicle, et falsifiant les balances pour tromper.

6 Afin que nous acquérions les chétifs par argent, et le pauvre pour une paire de souliers, et que nous débitions les criblures du froment.

7 L'Eternel a juré par la magnificence de Jacob : Si j'oublie jamais aucune de leurs actions!

8 La terre ne sera-t-elle point émue d'une telle chose, et tous ses habitants ne lamenteront-ils point? Ne s'écoulera-t-elle pas toute comme un fleuve, et ne sera-t-elle pas emportée et submergée comme par le fleuve d'Egypte?

9 Et il arrivera en ce jour-là, dit le Seigneur l'Eternel, que je ferai coucher le soleil en plein Midi, et que je ferai venir les ténèbres sur la terre en un jour serein.

10 Je changerai vos fêtes solennelles en deuil, et tous vos cantiques en lamentation; je mettrai le sac sur tous les reins, et je rendrai chauves toutes les têtes; et je mettrai le [pays] en une telle lamentation, que celle d'un fils unique; et sa fin sera telle que d'un jour amer.

11 Voici, les jours viennent, dit le Seigneur l'Eternel, que j'enverrai la famine sur le pays, non la famine du pain, ni la soif de l'eau, mais [la famine] d'ouïr les paroles de l'Eternel.

12 Ils courront depuis une mer jusqu'à l'autre, et ils iront de tous côtés depuis l'Aquilon jusqu'à l'Orient, pour chercher la parole de l'Eternel; mais ils ne la trouveront point.

13 En ce jour-là, pâmeront de soif les belles vierges et les jeunes hommes,

14 qui jurent par le délit de Samarie, et disent : ô Dan! Ton Dieu est vivant : et, vive la voie de Béersébah; ils tomberont donc, et ne se relèveront plus.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 208


Other references to this chapter:

Arcanes Célestes 1460, 2165, 2723, 2842, 3021, 3081, 3693, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 47, 50, 53, 166, 209, 323, 476, ...

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 4

La Doctrine de l'Écriture Sainte 35

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 689, 707


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 66, 71, 195, 238, 373, 386, 401, ...

Canons of the New Church 27

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 5

De Verbo (The Word) 10, 25

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 56, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Genèse 6:13

Deutéronome 25:15

1 Rois 12:29

Néhémie 13:15, 18

Job 30:31

Psaumes 10:7, 47:5

Proverbes 1:28, 20:23, 24:16

Ésaïe 13:10, 15:2, 22:14

Jérémie 1:11, 12, 13, 6:26, 13:16, 15:9, 24:1, 25:27, 44:21

Lamentations 5:15

Ézéchiel 7:2, 6, 22:12

Osée 2:5, 13, 5:6, 9:7, 12:8

Amos 2:6, 7, 5:1, 2, 5, 6:8, 10, 7:8, 9:5

Michée 1:5, 3:3

Zéphanie 1:7

Zacharie 5:6, 12:10

Matthieu 27:45

Apocalypse 14:18

Word/Phrase Explanations

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...

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...

d'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...

temple
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...

passé
'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...

mois
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...

sicle
'A shekel' signifies the price or estimation of good and truth, and 'half a shekel' signifies the determination of the quantity thereof.

tromper
Guile signifies to deceive and seduce for a deliberate purpose.

argent
'Money' relates to truth.

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...

terre
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...

Egypte
In the Bible, Egypt means knowledge and the love of knowledge. In a good sense that means knowledge of truth from the Lord through the...

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...

soleil
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

midi
'Noon' signifies the full state of the church. 'Noon' signifies wisdom in its most luminous state. 'Noon' denotes a state of light, because the times...

venir
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

reins
'Loins' in general, signify love, and when referring to the Lord, divine love. 'Loins' signify the interiors of conjugial love. Loins,' as in Isaiah 11:5,...

chauves
'A bald head' signifies the Word deprived of the natural sense, which is the sense of the letter.

mer
Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...

vierges
'Virgins,' as in Revelation 14:4, signify people who love truths because they are truths, so from a spiritual affection. 'Virgin' signifies the church as a...

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

dan
The tribe of Dan (Jer. 8:16) signifies truth in its own ultimate degree of order, here truth in the church, which is contained in the...

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...

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