Amos 7

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Swedish (1917)         

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1 Följande syn lät Herren, HE EN mig se; Jag såg gräshoppor skapas, när sommargräset begynte växa upp; och det var sommargräset efter kungsslåttern.

2 När så dessa hade ätit upp alla markens örter, sade jag: »Herre, HE E, förlåt. Huru skall Jakob kunna bestå, han som är så ringa?»

3 Då ångrade HE EN detta. »Det skall icke ske», sade HE EN.

4 Följande syn lät Herren, HE EN mig se: Jag såg Herren, HE EN nalkas för att utföra sin sak genom eld; och elden förtärde det stora djupet och höll på att förtära arvedelslandet.

5 Då sade jag: »Herre, HE E, håll upp. Huru skall Jakob kunna bestå, han som är så ringa?»

6 Då ångrade HE EN detta. »Icke heller detta skall ske», sade Herren, HE EN.

7 Följande syn lät han mig se: Jag såg Herren stå på en mur, uppförd efter sänklod, och i sin hand höll han ett sänklod.

8 Och HE EN sade till mig: »Vad ser du, Amos?» Jag svarade: »Ett sänklod.» Då sade Herren: »Se, jag skall hänga upp ett sänklod mitt ibland mitt folk Israel; jag kan icke vidare tillgiva dem.

9 Isaks offerhöjder skola bliva ödelagda och Israels helgedomar förstörda, och mot Jerobeams hus skall jag uppresa mig med svärdet

10 Men Amasja, prästen i Betel, sände till Jerobeam, Israels konung, och lät säga: »Amos förehar en sammansvärjning mot dig, mitt i Israels hus. Landet kan icke härda ut med allt hans ordande.

11 Ty så har Amos sagt: 'Jerobeam skall för svärd, och Israel skall föras bort i fångenskap ur sitt land.'»

12 Och Amasja sade till Amos: »Du siare, gå din väg och sök din tillflykt i Juda land; där må du äta ditt bröd, och där må du profetera.

13 Men i Betel får du icke vidare profetera, ty det är en konungslig helgedom och ett rikets tempel.»

14 svarade Amos och sade till Amasja: »Jag är varken en profet eller en profetlärljunge, jag är en boskapsherde, som lever av mullbärsfikon.

15 Men HE EN tog mig från hjorden; HE EN sade till mig: 'Gå åstad och profetera för mitt folk Israel.'

16 hör nu HE ENS ord. Du säger: 'Profetera icke mot Israel och predika icke mot Isaks hus.'

17 Därför säger HE EN så: Din hustru skall bliva en sköka i staden, dina söner och döttrar skola falla för svärd, ditt land skall bliva utskiftat med mätsnöre, själv skall du i ett orent land, och Israel skall föras bort i fångenskap ur sitt land.»

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 207


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Caelestia 1453, 2832, 4281, 7571, 9854, 10441


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 538, 543, 624

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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hand
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betel
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konung
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landet
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svärd
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äta
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bröd
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staden
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