Oseas 4

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1 Oíd palabra del SEÑOR, hijos de Israel, porque el SEÑOR pleitea con los moradores de la tierra; porque no hay verdad, ni misericordia, ni conocimiento de Dios en la tierra.

2 Perjurar, mentir, matar, hurtar y adulterar prevalecieron, y sangre se tocó con sangre.

3 Por lo cual, se enlutará la tierra, y será talado todo morador de ella, con las bestias del campo, y las aves del cielo; y aun los peces del mar serán cogidos.

4 Ciertamente hombre no contienda ni reprenda a hombre, porque tu pueblo es como los que resisten al sacerdote.

5 Caerás por tanto en el día, y caerá también contigo el profeta de noche; y a tu madre talaré.

6 Mi pueblo fue talado, porque le faltó sabiduría. Porque tú desechaste la sabiduría, yo te echaré del sacerdocio; y pues que olvidaste la ley de tu Dios, también yo me olvidaré de tus hijos.

7 Conforme a su grandeza así pecaron contra mí; yo pues, también cambiaré su honra en afrenta.

8 Comen del pecado de mi pueblo, y en su maldad levantan su alma.

9 Tal será el pueblo como el sacerdote; y visitaré sobre él sus caminos, y le pagaré conforme a sus obras.

10 Y comerán, mas no se hartarán; fornicarán, mas no se aumentarán, porque dejaron de atender al SEÑOR.

11 Fornicación, vino, y mosto quitan el corazón.

12 Mi pueblo a su madero pregunta, y su palo le responde, porque espíritu de fornicaciones lo engañó, y fornicaron debajo de sus dioses.

13 Sobre las cabezas de los montes sacrificaron, e incensaron sobre los collados, debajo de las encinas, álamos, y olmos que tuviesen buena sombra; por tanto, vuestras hijas fornicarán, y adulterarán vuestras nueras.

14 No visitaré sobre vuestras hijas cuando fornicaren, ni sobre vuestras nueras cuando adulteraren, porque ellos ofrecen con las rameras, y con las malas mujeres sacrifican; por tanto, el pueblo sin entendimiento caerá.

15 Si fornicares , Israel, a lo menos no peque Judá; y no entréis en Gilgal, ni subáis a Bet-avén; ni juréis: Vive el SEÑOR.

16 Porque como becerra cerrera se apartó Israel, ¿los apacentará ahora el SEÑOR como a carneros en anchura?

17 Efraín es dado a ídolos; déjalo.

18 Su bebida se corrompió; fornicaron pertinazmente; sus príncipes amaron los dones, vergonzosamente.

19 La ató el viento en sus alas, y de sus sacrificios serán avergonzados.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 187


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 374, 627, 643, 991, 1613, 2466, 3122, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 134, 290, 316, 405, 485, 567, 721, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 48

Sacred Scripture 79

Doctrine of Life 2, 79

El Cielo y el Infierno 471

La Verdadera Religión Cristiana 156, 314, 376, 440, 643


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 79, 98, 141, 250, 283, 324, 342, ...

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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palabra
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del señor
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hijos
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de israel
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la tierra
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tierra
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verdad
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misericordia
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Dios
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sangre
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campo
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las aves
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del cielo
"Air" in the Bible represents thought, but in a very general way – more like our capacity to perceive ideas and the way we tend...

cielo
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...

mar
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hombre
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día
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profeta
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noche
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madre
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maldad
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alma
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vino
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corazón
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cabezas
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montes
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debajo
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buena
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sombra
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Hijas
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rameras
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mujeres
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judá
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Gilgal
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Vive
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carneros
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Efraín
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Viento
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alas
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