Amos 1

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Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)         

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1 Parole di Amos, uno dei pastori di Tekoa, rivelategli in visione, intorno ad Israele, ai giorni di Uzzia, re di Giuda, e ai giorni di Geroboamo, figliuolo di Joas, re d’Israele, due anni prima del terremoto.

2 Egli disse: L’Eterno rugge da Sion, e fa risonar la sua voce da Gerusalemme; i pascoli dei pastori fanno cordoglio, e la vetta del Carmelo è inaridita.

3 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti di Damasco, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché hanno tritano Galaad con trebbie di ferro,

4 io manderò nella casa di Hazael un fuoco, che divorerà i palazzi di Ben-hadad;

5 e romperò le sbarre di Damasco, sterminerò da Bikath-aven ogni abitante e da Beth-eden colui che tiene lo scettro; e il popolo di Siria andrà in cattività a Kir, dice l’Eterno.

6 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti di Gaza, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché hanno menato in cattività intere popolazioni per darle in mano ad Edom,

7 io manderò dentro alle mura di Gaza un fuoco, che ne divorerà i palazzi;

8 e sterminerò da Asdod ogni abitante, e da Askalon colui che tiene lo scettro, volgerò la mia mano contro Ekron, e il resto dei Filistei perirà, dice il Signore, l’Eterno.

9 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti di Tiro, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché han dato in mano ad Edom intere popolazioni, da loro menate in cattività, e non si sono ricordati del patto fraterno,

10 io manderò dentro alle mura di Tiro un fuoco, che ne divorerà i palazzi.

11 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti d’Edom, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché ha inseguito il suo fratello con la spada, soffocando ogni compassione, e perché la sua ira dilania sempre, ed egli serba la sua collera in perpetuo,

12 io manderò in Teman un fuoco, che divorerà i palazzi di Botsra.

13 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti dei figliuoli d’Ammon, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché hanno sventrato le donne incinte di Galaad per allargare i loro confini,

14 io accenderò dentro alle mure di Rabba un fuoco, che ne divorerà i palazzi in mezzo ai clamori d’un giorno di battaglia, in mezzo alla burrasca in un giorno di tempesta;

15 e il loro re andrà in cattività: egli, insieme coi suoi capi, dice l’Eterno.

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 1      

By Steve David

Internal Meaning of Amos, Chapter 1
Verses 1-2 describe the Lord teaching us about the Word and doctrine from the Word. In this book of the Bible, the prophet Amos symbolizes the Lord. Amos was a shepherd, and of course that metaphor is used to describe the Lord Jesus Christ, too, in the New Testament.

The book of Amos describes the Lord's anger and impatience with the Children of Israel - in the literal sense. Inside, though, it is really a story of the Lord’s great love and concern for us. This is a book of promise: The Lord will triumph over hell’s quest to dominate us and destroy the gift of salvation. This victory is not an occasional interest of the Lord’s; He has an “ardent zeal” to protect us.

In verse 2, the roaring of the Lord from Zion and the uttering of His voice from Jerusalem teach us several things about Him in this context:
- He has grievous distress for His church and people.
- He has an ardent zeal for protecting heaven and the church.
- He warns of coming vastations.
- He points to the drying up of our “Mount Carmel” and the effects this will have on our “vineyards.”

There are different ways to destroy true ideas and good loves. Verses 3-15 in this chapter describe the different ways that people do this.

Verses 3-5 are talking about people who pervert knowledges from the Word, knowledges which help us form true, useful doctrine. When people successfully corrupt knowledge from the Word, they also undermine the good that would come from that knowledge. But, these people will perish, spiritually.

Verses 6-8 describe people who apply the Word to create or reinforce heretical false ideas. That's not a good thing to do; they will perish, too.

Verses 9-10 address people who pervert knowledges [cognitiones] of good and truth, and thereby injure the external sense of the Word.

Verses 11-12 are about people who pervert the sense of the letter of the Word by falsity, by which doctrine perishes.

Finally, verses 13-15 describe people who falsify the truths of the sense of the letter of the Word: they do not resist in the day of combat, but destroy the truth of doctrine.

What are we to make of this? One take-away is that the Lord loves us, and wants to protect us. Another is that he wants us to carefully read the Word and seek the truths in it - those in the literal sense, and those in the internal sense. From these we should form sound doctrine, and develop good loves that can be built on true ideas.

See Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325, and The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201 for further reading.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201

Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 367, 1197, 3995, 4171, 6419, 6804, 9340, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 343, 612

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 419, 532, 601, 746, 817, 850

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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