Amos 6

Study the Inner Meaning

Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)         

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1 Guai a quelli che vivon tranquilli in Sion, e fiduciosi sul monte di Samaria! Ai notabili della prima fra le nazioni, dietro ai quali va la casa d’Israele!

2 Passate a Calne e guadate, e di là andate fino a Hamath la grande, poi scendete a Gath dei Filistei: Quelle città stanno esse meglio di questi regni? O il loro territorio è esso più vasto del vostro?

3 Voi volete allontanare il giorno malvagio e fate avvicinare il regno della violenza.

4 Giacciono sul letti d’avorio, si sdraiano sui loro divani, mangiano gli agnelli del gregge e i vitelli tratti dalla stalla.

5 Vaneggiano al suon del saltèro, s’inventano strumenti musicali come Davide;

6 bevono il vino in larghe coppe e s’ungono con gli oli più squisiti, ma non s’addolorano per la ruina di Giuseppe.

7 Perciò se n’andranno in cattività alla testa dei deportati; e cesseranno i clamori di questi banchettanti.

8 Il Signore, l’Eterno l’ha giurato per sé stesso, dice l’Eterno, l’Iddio degli eserciti: Io detesto la magnificenza di Giacobbe, odio i suoi palazzi, e darò in man del nemico la città con tutto quel che contiene.

9 E avverrà che, se restan dieci uomini in una casa, morranno.

10 Un parente verrà con colui che brucia i corpi a prendere il morto, e portarne via di casa le ossa; e dirà a colui che è in fondo alla casa: "Ce n’è altri con te?" L’altro risponderà: "No". E il primo dirà: "Zitto! Non è il momento di menzionare il nome dell’Eterno".

11 Poiché, ecco, l’Eterno comanda, e fa cadere a pezzi la casa grande e riduce la piccola in frantumi.

12 I cavalli corrono essi sulle rocce, vi si ara egli coi bovi, che voi mutiate il diritto in veleno, e il frutto della giustizia in assenzio?

13 Voi, che vi rallegrate di cose da nulla; voi, che dite: "Non è egli con la nostra forza che abbiamo acquistato potenza?"

14 Poiché, ecco, o casa d’Israele, dice l’Eterno, l’Iddio degli eserciti, io faccio sorgere contro di voi, una nazione che vi opprimerà dall’ingresso di Hamath fino al torrente del deserto.

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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:

Arcana Coelestia 576, 1183, 1488, 2832, 5895, 6188, 6297, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 137, 270, 360, 410, 474, 668, 774, ...

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 85

True Christian Religion 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

Genesis 37:25

1 Samuel 5:8, 10

2 Samuel 8:9

1 Kings 16:24

2 Kings 15:29

2 Chronicles 29:26

Proverbs 1:32, 8:13

Isaiah 5:12, 10:9, 24:8, 28:1, 32:9

Jeremiah 2:3, 5:5, 15, 22:14, 51:14

Ezekiel 12:27, 29:3, 9

Daniel 4:27

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

Micah 1:6, 3:1

Nahum 8

Zephaniah 1:12

Hebrews 6:13

James 5:5

Word/Phrase Explanations

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

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

Israele
'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...

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

filistei
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...

giorno
"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...

vitelli
Calves of the lips (Hos 14:2) are confessions from the affection of truth.

davide
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...

vino
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;...

l’eterno
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...

dice
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...

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

degli
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}

Giacobbe
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...

palazzi
'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...

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

dieci
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...

ossa
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...

nome
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...

cavalli
'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...

frutto
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,...

giustizia
'Justice' signifies both good and truth.

assenzio
'Wormwood' signifies infernal falsity because of its intense bitterness, which makes meat and drink awful. 'Waters of wormwood' signifies falsities of evil.

nazione
'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...


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