Amos 8

Study the Inner Meaning

Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)         

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1 IL Signore Iddio mi fece vedere una cotal visione: Ecco un canestro di frutti di state.

2 Ed egli mi disse: Che vedi, Amos? Ed io dissi: Un canestro di frutti di state. E il Signore mi disse: Lo statuito fine è giunto al mio popolo Israele; io non glielo passerò più.

3 E in quel giorno i canti del palazzo saranno urli, dice il Signore Iddio; vi sarà gran numero di corpi morti; in ogni luogo si udirà: Getta via, e taci.

4 Ascoltate questo, voi che tranghiottite il bisognoso, e fate venir meno i poveri del paese;

5 dicendo: Quando saranno passate le calendi, e noi venderemo la vittuaglia? e il sabato, e noi apriremo i granai del frumento? scemando l’efa, ed accrescendo il siclo, e falsando le bilance, per ingannare;

6 comperando i poveri per danari, e il bisognoso per un paio di scarpe; e noi venderemo la vagliatura del frumento?

7 Il Signore ha giurato per la gloria di Giacobbe: Se mai in perpetuo io dimentico tutte le loro opere.

8 La terra non sarà ella commossa per questo? ogni suo abitatore non ne farà egli cordoglio? e non salirà ella tutta come un fiume? e non ne sarà ella portata via, e sommersa, come per lo fiume di Egitto?

9 Ed avverrà in quel giorno, dice il Signore Iddio, che io farò tramontare il sole nel mezzodì, e spanderò le tenebre sopra la terra in giorno chiaro.

10 E cangerò le vostre feste in duolo, e tutti i vostri canti in lamento; e farò che si porrà il sacco sopra tutti i lombi, e che ogni testa sarà rasa; e metterò il paese in cordoglio, quale è quel che si fa per lo figluolo unico; e la sua fine sarà come un giorno amaro.

11 Ecco, i giorni vengono, dice il Signore Iddio, che io manderò la fame nel paese; non la fame di pane, nè la sete d’acqua; anzi d’udire le parole del Signore.

12 Ed essi si moveranno da un mare all’altro, e dal Settentrione fino all’Oriente; andranno attorno, cercando la parola del Signore, e non la troveranno.

13 In quel giorno le belle vergini, e i giovani verranno meno di sete;

14 i quali giurano per lo misfatto di Samaria, e dicono: Come l’Iddio tuo vive, o Dan; e: Come vive il rito di Beerseba; e caderanno, e non risorgeranno mai più.

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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:

Arcana Coelestia 1460, 2165, 2723, 2842, 3021, 3081, 3693, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 47, 50, 53, 166, 209, 323, 476, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 35

True Christian Religion 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:



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Nehemiah 13:15, 18

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Psalms 10:7, 47:5

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Isaiah 13:10, 15:2, 22:14

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

Lamentations 5:15

Ezekiel 7:2, 6, 22:12

Hosea 2:5, 13, 5:6, 9:7, 12:8

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

Micah 1:5, 3:3

Zephaniah 1:7

Zechariah 5:6, 12:10

Matthew 27:45

Revelation 14:18

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sole
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lamento
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parola
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vergini
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