Amós 1

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1 Las palabras de Amós, que estuvo entre los pastores de Tecoa, las cuales vio sobre Israel en días de Uzías rey de Judá, y en días de Jeroboam hijo de Joás, rey de Israel, dos años antes del terremoto.

2 Y dijo: El SEÑOR bramará desde Sion, y dará su voz desde Jerusalén; y las estancias de los pastores serán destruidas, y se secará la cumbre del Carmelo.

3 Así dijo el SEÑOR: Por tres pecados de Damasco, y por el cuarto, no la convertiré; porque trillaron a Galaad con trillos de hierro.

4 Y meteré fuego en la casa de Hazael, y consumirá los palacios de Ben-adad.

5 Y quebraré la barra de Damasco, y talaré los moradores de Bicat-avén, y los gobernadores de Bet-edén; y el pueblo de Siria será transportado a Kir.

6 Así dijo el SEÑOR: Por tres pecados de Gaza, y por el cuarto, no la convertiré; porque llevó cautiva toda la cautividad, para entregarlos a Edom.

7 Y meteré fuego en el muro de Gaza, y quemará sus palacios.

8 Y talaré a los moradores de Azoto, y a los gobernadores de Ascalón; y tornaré mi mano sobre Ecrón, y el remanente de los palestinos perecerá, dijo el Señor DIOS.

9 Así dijo el SEÑOR: Por tres pecados de Tiro, y por el cuarto, no la convertiré; porque entregaron la cautividad entera a Edom, y no se acordaron del concierto de hermanos.

10 Y meteré fuego en el muro de Tiro, y consumirá sus palacios.

11 Así dijo el SEÑOR: Por tres pecados de Edom, y por el cuarto, no la convertiré; porque persiguió a cuchillo a su hermano, y rompió sus misericordias; y con su furor le ha robado siempre, y ha guardado perpetuamente el enojo.

12 Y meteré fuego en Temán, y consumirá los palacios de Bosra.

13 Así dijo el SEÑOR: Por tres pecados de los hijos de Amón, y por el cuarto, no la convertiré; porque rompieron los montes de Galaad, para ensanchar su término.

14 Y encenderé fuego en el muro de Rabá, y consumirá sus palacios como con estruendo en día de batalla, como con tempestad en día de torbellino;

15 y su rey irá en cautiverio, él y sus príncipes todos, dijo el SEÑOR.

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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:



Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Génesis 27:41, 36:33

Éxodo 3:1

Números 20:20

1 Samuel 6:17

2 Samuel 12:31, 14:2

2 Reyes 8:12, 14:23, 28, 15:16, 16:9

2 Crónicas 20:10, 11, 21:16, 17, 26:1

Salmos 29:4

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

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

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

Oseas 1:1, 10:8, 14:1

Amós 2:2, 5, 3:8, 9, 5:5, 7:14, 9:7

Abdías 1:1

Sofonías 2:4, 8

Zacarías 9:1, 2, 3, 5, 14:5

Malaquías 1:4

Word/Phrase Explanations

Israel
'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...

rey
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

Judá
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

Damasco
Damascus and Aroer (Isaiah 17:1, 2) signify the knowledges of truth and good. See Eliezer of Damascus.

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...

Edén
According to the Writings, “Eden” by itself means love, in most cases the love that comes from the Lord and our love for the Lord,...

Edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

término
Often translated as “edge,” “border,” “boundary,” “outskirts,” “far places” and other ways, this term is used in the Bible for the farthest reaches of an...

Día
"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...

batalla
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...


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