Amos 8

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Latin: Vulgata Clementina         

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1 Hæc ostendit mihi Dominus Deus : et ecce uncinus pomorum.

2 Et dixit : Quid tu vides, Amos ? Et dixi : Uncinum pomorum. Et dixit Dominus ad me : Venit finis super populum meum Israël ; non adjiciam ultra ut pertranseam eum.

3 Et stridebunt cardines templi in die illa, dicit Dominus Deus : multi morientur ; in omni loco projicietur silentium.

4 Audite hoc, qui conteritis pauperem, et deficere facitis egenos terræ,

5 dicentes : Quando transibit mensis, et venundabimus merces ? et sabbatum, et aperiemus frumentum, ut imminuamus mensuram, et augeamus siclum, et supponamus stateras dolosas,

6 ut possideamus in argento egenos et pauperes pro calceamentis, et quisquilias frumenti vendamus ?

7 Juravit Dominus in superbiam Jacob : Si oblitus fuero usque ad finem omnia opera eorum.

8 Numquid super isto non commovebitur terra, et lugebit omnis habitator ejus, et ascendet quasi fluvius universus, et ejicicetur, et defluet, quasi rivus Ægypti ?

9 Et erit in die illa, dicit Dominus Deus : occidet sol in meridie, et tenebrescere faciam terram in die luminis :

10 et convertam festivitates vestras in luctum, et omnia cantica vestra in planctum, et inducam super omne dorsum vestrum saccum, et super omne caput calvitium : et ponam eam quasi luctum unigeniti, et novissima ejus quasi diem amarum.

11 Ecce dies veniunt, dicet Dominus, et mittam famem in terram : non famem panis, neque sitim aquæ, sed audiendi verbum Domini.

12 Et commovebuntur a mari usque ad mare, et ab aquilone usque ad orientem : circuibunt quærentes verbum Domini, et non invenient.

13 In die illa deficient virgines pulchræ et adolescentes in siti,

14 qui jurant in delicto Samariæ, et dicunt : Vivit Deus tuus, Dan, et vivit via Bersabee ; et cadent, et non resurgent ultra.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Librorum Propheticorum et Psalmorum Davidis 208

Other references to this chapter:

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

Apocalypsis Revelata 47, 50, 53, 166, 209, 323, 476, ...

Doctrina Novae Hierosolymae de Domino 4

Doctrina Novae Hierosolymae de Scriptura Sacra 35

Vera Christiana Religio 689, 707

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypsis Explicata 66, 71, 195, 238, 373, 386, 401, ...

Canones Novae Ecclesiae 27

Coronis 5

De Verbo 10, 25

Dicta Probantia 4, 9, 56, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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 The Prophet Amos
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