Амос 1

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Russian: Synodal Translation (1876)         

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1 Слова Амоса, одного из пастухов Фекойских, которые он слышал в видении об Израиле во дни Озии, царя Иудейского, и во дни Иеровоама, сына Иоасова, царя Израильского, за два года перед землетрясением.

2 И сказал он: Господь возгремит с Сиона и даст глас Свой из Иерусалима, и восплачут хижины пастухов, и иссохнет вершинаКармила.

3 Так говорит Господь: за три преступления Дамаска и за четыре не пощажу его, потому что они молотили Галаад железными молотилами.

4 И пошлю огонь на дом Азаила, и пожрет он чертоги Венадада.

5 И сокрушу затворы Дамаска, и истреблю жителей долины Авен и держащего скипетр - из дома Еденова, и пойдет народ Арамейский в плен в Кир, говорит Господь.

6 Так говорит Господь: за три преступления Газы и за четыре не пощажу ее, потому что они вывели всех в плен, чтобы предать их Едому.

7 И пошлю огонь в стены Газы, – и пожрет чертоги ее.

8 И истреблю жителей Азота и держащего скипетр в Аскалоне, и обращу руку Мою на Екрон, и погибнет остаток Филистимлян, говорит Господь Бог.

9 Так говорит Господь: за три преступления Тира и за четыре не пощажу его, потому что они передали всех пленных Едому и не вспомнили братского союза.

10 Пошлю огонь в стены Тира, и пожрет чертоги его.

11 Так говорит Господь: за три преступления Едома и за четыре не пощажу его, потому что он преследовал брата своего мечом, подавил чувства родства, свирепствовал постоянно во гневе своем и всегда сохранял ярость свою.

12 И пошлю огонь на Феман, и пожрет чертоги Восора.

13 Так говорит Господь: за три преступления сынов Аммоновых и за четыре не пощажу их, потому что они рассекали беременных в Галааде, чтобы расширить пределы свои.

14 И запалю огонь в стенах Раввы, и пожрет чертоги ее, среди крика в день брани, с вихрем в день бури.

15 И пойдет царь их в плен, он и князья его вместе с ним, говоритГосподь.

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 1      

By Steve David

The 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.

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

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

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Бытие 27:41, 36:33

Исход 3:1

Числа 20:20

1я Царств 6:17

2я Царств 12:31, 14:2

4я Царств 8:12, 14:23, 28, 15:16, 16:9

2я Паралипоменон 20:10, 11, 21:16, 17, 26:1

Псалтирь 29:4

Исаия 8:4, 17:1, 21:11, 23:1, 33:9, 34:5

Иеремия 25:30, 28:8, 47:1, 49:1, 7, 23

Иезекииль 21:25, 25:1, 12, 15, 26:1, 27:1, 27, 28:1, 30:17, 35:1

Осия 1:1, 10:8, 14:1

Амос 2:2, 5, 3:8, 9, 5:5, 7:14, 9:7

Авдия 1:1

Софония 2:4, 8

Захария 9:1, 2, 3, 5, 14:5

Малахия 1:4

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