Amos 2

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German: Elberfelder (1905)         

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1 So spricht Jehova: Wegen drei Freveltaten von Moab und wegen vier werde ich es nicht rückgängig machen: Weil es die Gebeine des Königs von Edom zu Kalk verbrannt hat,

2 so werde ich ein Feuer senden nach Moab, und es wird die Paläste von Kerijoth verzehren; und Moab wird sterben im Getümmel, unter Kriegsgeschrei, unter Posaunenschall;

3 und ich werde den Richter ausrotten aus seiner Mitte und alle seine Fürsten mit ihm umbringen, spricht Jehova.

4 So spricht Jehova: Wegen drei Freveltaten von Juda und wegen vier werde ich es nicht rückgängig machen: Weil sie das Gesetz Jehovas verworfen und seine Satzungen nicht bewahrt haben, und ihre Lügen sie verführten, denen ihre Väter nachgewandelt sind,

5 so werde ich ein Feuer senden nach Juda, und es wird die Paläste Jerusalems verzehren.

6 So spricht Jehova: Wegen drei Freveltaten von Israel und wegen vier werde ich es nicht rückgängig machen: Weil sie den Gerechten für Geld und den Dürftigen um ein Paar Schuhe verkaufen;

7 sie, welche danach lechzen, den Staub der Erde auf dem Haupte der Armen zu sehen, und den Weg der Sanftmütigen krümmen; und ein Mann und sein Vater gehen zu derselben Dirne, um meinen heiligen Namen zu entweihen;

8 und neben jedem Altare strecken sie sich hin auf gepfändeten Oberkleidern, und im Hause ihres Gottes trinken sie Wein von Strafgeldern.

9 Und doch habe ich den Amoriter vor ihnen vertilgt, dessen Höhe wie die Höhe der Zedern war, und er war stark wie die Eichen; und ich habe seine Frucht vertilgt von oben und seine Wurzeln von unten.

10 Und doch habe ich euch aus dem Lande Ägypten heraufgeführt und euch vierzig Jahre in der Wüste geleitet, damit ihr das Land des Amoriters in Besitz nähmet.

11 Und ich habe Propheten erweckt aus euren Söhnen und Nasiräer aus euren Jünglingen. Ja, ist es nicht also, ihr Kinder Israel? spricht Jehova.

12 Aber ihr habt den Nasiräern Wein zu trinken gegeben, und den Propheten geboten und gesagt: Ihr sollt nicht weissagen! -

13 Siehe, ich werde euch niederdrücken, wie der Wagen drückt, der voll Garben ist.

14 Und dem Schnellen wird die Flucht entschwinden; und der Starke wird seine Kraft nicht befestigen, und der Held sein Leben nicht erretten;

15 und der den Bogen führt, wird nicht standhalten; und der Schnellfüßige wird nicht entrinnen, und der auf dem Rosse reitet sein Leben nicht erretten;

16 und der Beherzteste unter den Helden wird nackt entfliehen an jenem Tage, spricht Jehova.

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 2      

By Helen Kennedy

In this chapter, the Lord tells how people in Moab, Judah and Israel will be punished because they're continuing in their evils. Starting in verse 9, He shows that He has the strength to punish them, because He’s already overcome the Amorites, who symbolize evil in general (Secrets of Heaven 6306).

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 202


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 348, 1857, 3881, 6306, 6377, 9489, 10303

Apocalypse Revealed 316

Die Lehre vom Herrn 4


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 315, 355, 357, 376, 532, 633, 783

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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Word/Phrase Explanations

jehova
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...

drei
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

Moab
'Moab,' in a positive sense, signifies people who are in natural good, and allow themselves to be easily seduced, but in an opposite sense, it...

vier
The number "four" in the Bible represents things being linked together or joined. This is partly because four is two times two, and two represents...

machen
'To reward' signifies meting out punishment.

Gebeine
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...

königs
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

Edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

Feuer
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

senden
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

Paläste
'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...

sterben
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

Richter
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...

Juda
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

lügen
When people lie or speak falsely in the Bible, It represents what Swedenborg calls "falsity of faith" and the resulting "evil of faith." This is...

Väter
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

jerusalems
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...

Israel
'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...

Geld
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

Schuhe
In the Word, 'the sole of the foot' and 'the heel' signifies the ultimate natural. 'The shoe' is what clothes the sole of the foot...

verkaufen
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...

Staub
Dust, in Ezekiel 26:12, signifies the lowest things which are of the sensual principle of man. In Isaiah 40:12, the dust signifies exterior or natural...

Weg
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.

Mann
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

dirne
The damsel of Rebecca (Gen. 24:61) signifies subservient affections. See Daughter.

Namen
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...

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

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

trinken
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...

wein
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;...

Vor
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

stark
In the Word, people who trust to themselves and their own intelligence are sometimes called 'strong,' as in Isaiah 1:31. This is because they suppose...

frucht
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,...

wurzeln
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.

unten
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

Land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

Ägypten
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

vierzig
'Forty' means completeness because 'four' means what is complete, as does 'ten.' Forty is the product of four and ten. Compound numbers have a meaning...

wüste
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...

Propheten
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

Kinder
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

geboten
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,...

Voll
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

bogen
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil de­stroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)

nackt
Clothing in general represents day-to-day knowledge about spiritual things, held in the memory so it can be used for the goodness of life. For someone...

jenem
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...


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