Amos 4

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1 Liveni eli lizwi, nina zimazi zaseBhashan, zisezintabeni zakwaSamari, zizicudisayo izisweli, ziwavikivayo amahlwempu, zithi ezinkosini zazo, Zisani sisele.

2 INkosi uYehova ifunge ubungcwele bayo, yathi, Yabonani, nizelwa yimihla eniya kuqweqwediswa ngamagwegwe, nabokugqibela kuni ngamaqerhu okubambisa iintlanzi.

3 Niya kuphuma ngamathuba okuqhekezwa kodonga, elowo aphume ngelilunge naye, niye kuphoswa eHarmon; utsho uYehova.

4 Yiyani eBheteli nikreqe; yiyani eGiligali, nandise ukukreqa; nizise imibingelelo yenu imiso ngemiso, nezishumi zenu kanye ngemihla emithathu;

5 niqhumisele umbingelelo wemibulelo ngento enegwele, nimemeze imibingelelo yokuqhutywa yintliziyo; memezani, kuba nithanda njalo, nyana bakaSirayeli; itsho iNkosi uYehova.

6 Kananjalo mna ndininike ubumsulwa bamazinyo emizini yenu yonke, nokusweleka kwesonka ezindaweni zenu zonke; anibuyanga nize kum noko; utsho uYehova.

7 Kananjalo mna ndayithintela imvula kuni, zisentathu iinyanga zokuba kuvunwe; ndayinisa komnye umzi, andayinisa komnye; esinye isahlulo somhlaba sanelwa yimvula, esinye isahlulo esinganelwanga satsha;

8 imizi emibini, emithathu, ibhadulele kumzi omnye, ukuze isele amanzi ingakholwa; anabuya nize kum noko; utsho uYehova.

9 Ndanibetha ngembabala nangexoshomba; imiyezo yenu nezidiliya zenu, nemikhiwane yenu, neminquma yenu emininzi, yadliwa yinkumbi enqunquthayo; anabuya nize kum noko utsho uYehova.

10 Ndathumela phakathi kwenu indyikitya yokufa, ngokuya kwaseYiputa, ndawabulala ngekrele amadodana enu, kwanamahashe enu angamaxhoba, ndanyusa ukunuka kweminquba yenu, kweza ezimpumlweni zenu; anabuya nize kum noko; utsho uYehova.

11 Ndibabhukuqile abanye benu, njengoko wabhukuqa ngako uThixo iSodom neGomora, naba njengesikhuni esinyothulwe emlilweni; anabuya nize kum noko; utsho uYehova.

12 Ngako oko ndiya kwenjenje kuwe, Sirayeli; ngokokuba ndiya kwenjenje ke kuwe, zilungiselele ukuhlangabeza uThixo wakho, Sirayeli.

13 Ngokuba, yabona, uloyila iintaba, ulodala umoya, uloxelela umntu into okuyiyo ukuthelekelela kwakhe, ulowenza mnyama isifingo, ulonyathela phezu kwemimango yehlabathi: nguYehova uThixo wemikhosi, igama lakhe.

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Chapter summary

Exploring the Meaning of Amos 4      

By Helen Kennedy

In chapter 4 of the Book of Amos, verses 1-3 talk about people who pervert the truths of the church. They will fall into falsities in outermost things. Fish are lower things, so it follows that fishhooks (verse 2) would mean being caught and held fast in natural or lower things.

Verses 4-6 talk about things of worship such as tithes and sacrifices. These look similar to genuine worship, but are only in outermost things. We can tell because ‘teeth’ (verse 6) represent ultimates or outermost things (Secrets of Heaven 6380), so it follows that “cleanness of teeth” would mean outermost things that look good but only imitate genuine worship. The Lord exhorts, “Yet you have not returned to me.”

Verses 7-8. Some things true will remain, when the rest are false, in consequence of which truths will have no power. This can be seen where the Lord says, “I made it rain on one city; I withheld rain from another city... where it did not rain the part withered.” Again the Lord exhorts, “Yet you have not returned to me.”

Verse 9. Afterward all things of the church are falsified, shown in how blight attacked the gardens, vineyards, fig tree and olive trees. The last three represent spiritual, natural and celestial things, or all the things of spiritual life. “Yet you have not returned to me,” says the Lord.

Verses 10-11. The Lord explains the devastating things he allowed to happen: plague in Egypt, death of young men by swords, stench in the camps, Sodom and Gomorrah. This is because they are profaned by sensual knowledges - profanation meaning the mixing of good and evil together (Secrets of Heaven 1001:2).

This extends to all things of the church, the church being the Lord’s kingdom on earth (Secrets of Heaven 768:3).

With profanation “as soon as any idea of what is holy arises, the idea of what is profane joins immediately to it” (Secrets of Heaven 301).

Now there is hardly anything left. “Yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord again.

Verses 12-13. Because people adamantly remain in their profane ways, they are warned, “Prepare to meet your God!”. This is the God powerful and mighty, “who forms mountains, and creates the wind,” and even more close to home, “Who declares to man what his thought is.” As intimately a knowing as that is, the Lord’s love for all humanity is contained in His exhortations for them to turn themselves to Him.

See, for example, Luke 6:44-45, and True Christian Religion 373.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 204


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 382, 1069, 1453, 2165, 2220, 2799, 2842, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 336, 439, 474, 496, 502, 862

The Lord 49


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 403, 405, 513, 532, 556, 560, 608, ...

Other New Christian Commentary

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Psalms 89:36

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Isaiah 1:1, 11, 9:12, 28:1, 45:7, 56:12

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