Hosea 1

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English: Young's Literal Translation         

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1 A word of Jehovah that hath been unto Hosea, son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel:

2 The commencement of Jehovah's speaking by Hosea. And Jehovah saith unto Hosea, `Go, take to thee a woman of whoredoms, and children of whoredoms, for utterly go a-whoring doth the land from after Jehovah.'

3 And he goeth and taketh Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceiveth and beareth to him a son;

4 and Jehovah saith unto him, `Call his name Jezreel, for yet a little, and I have charged the blood of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, and have caused to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel;

5 and it hath come to pass in that day that I have broken the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel.'

6 And she conceiveth again, and beareth a daughter, and He saith to him, `Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, for I add no more to pity the house of Israel, for I do utterly take them away;

7 and the house of Judah I pity, and have saved them by Jehovah their God, and do not save them by bow, and by sword, and by battle, by horses, and by horsemen.'

8 And she weaneth Lo-Ruhamah, and conceiveth, and beareth a son;

9 and He saith, `Call his name Lo-Ammi, for ye [are] not My people, and I am not for you;

10 and the number of the sons of Israel hath been as the sand of the sea, that is not measured nor numbered, and it hath come to pass in the place where it is said to them, Ye [are] not My people, it is said to them, Sons of the Living God;

11 and gathered have been the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel together, and they have appointed to themselves one head, and have gone up from the land, for great [is] the day of Jezreel.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325

Apocalypse Explained 655

On the Athanasian Creed 165

Sacred Scripture 79

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 184

True Christian Religion 247

Scriptural Confirmations 54


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 8904, 10217

Apocalypse Revealed 134

The Lord 4, 15

Sacred Scripture 16

True Christian Religion 130


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 119, 141, 734, 805

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 74

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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Exodus 14:13, 30, 34:16

Deuteronomy 31:16

Joshua 19:18

2 Kings 6:18, 10:1, 11, 14:23, 17:6, 20, 19:34

Psalms 44:7

Isaiah 1:1, 8:3

Jeremiah 2:20, 23

Ezekiel 16:15

Hosea 2:7, 3:1, 5:3

Amos 1:1, 7:8, 9:8

Micah 1:1

Zechariah 4:6

Word/Phrase Explanations

Word
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

hosea
The Book of Hosea, from the first chapter to the last, treats of the falsification of the genuine understanding of the Word, and of the...

Son
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

days
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

kings
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...

Judah
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.

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...

jehovah'
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

speaking
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

woman of
'The woman of Samaria' signifies the church which would be founded among the Gentiles.

Woman
It is because of a celestial and angelic proprium, or selfhood, that the church is called 'a woman,' 'a wife,' 'a bride,' 'a virgin,' and...

land
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

after
According to Swedenborg, time and space don’t exist in spiritual reality; they are purely natural things that exist only on the physical plane. This means...

Gomer
‘Gomer’ denotes those who are in outward worship.

Call
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

blood
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

house
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

broken
To “break” something creates an image that is much different from “attacking,” “destroying,” or “shattering.” It is less emotional, less violent in its intent; it...

Bow
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil de­stroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)

valley of
'The valley of Siddim' signifies the uncleanness of lust, and the falsities derived from them.

valley
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...

save
To be saved or rescued means getting true ideas that we can hold to even in the face of a storm of false thinking. Sometimes...

God
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

Sword
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

battle
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...

horses
'A horse' signifies knowledges or understanding of the Word. In an opposite sense it signifies the understanding of the Word falsified by reasonings, and likewise...

horsemen
'A horseman' signifies intelligence, or one who is intelligent. 'A horseman,' as mentioned in Revelation 9:16, signifies reasonings concerning faith alone. 'A horseman' can also...

Number
To number,' as in Isaiah 22:10, signifies falsifying. To number bones,' as in Psalm 22:14-18, signifies desiring to dissipate truths by reasonings and false principles....

sons
'Sons of the stranger' signify counterfeit truths, or falsities. 'Our sons' signify the doctrines of truth, and 'our daughters,' the doctrines of good, as in...

Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.

Sand
'Treasures hid in the sand,' as in Deuteronomy 33:19, signify the spiritual things which are hidden in the literal sense of the Word.

sea
'The sea and the waves roaring' means heresy and controversies in the church and individual.

measured
'To measure' signifies knowing and exploring the quality of something.

place
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

sons of the
The sons of the Javanites,' as in Joel 3:6, signify worship in externals, separate from the internal.

Sons of Judah
'The sons of Judah,' as in Joel 3:6, signify the celestial aspects of faith.

one
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

head
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....

great
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...

day of
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.


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