阿摩司書 4

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1 欺貧重富必受懲罰撒瑪利亞上的巴珊母牛啊!要這話;你們欺負貧窮人,壓迫窮苦人,又對自己的丈夫:“拿酒,給我們飲用。”

2 耶和華指著自己的潔起誓:“看哪!對付你們的日子快到,人必用鉤子把你們鉤走,最後一個也必被人用魚鉤鉤去。

3 你們一個一個經過城牆的破口出去,被丟棄在哈門。”這是耶和華的宣告。

4 向偶像獻祭的罪“你們去伯特利犯罪,在吉甲增加過犯吧!每早獻上你們的祭物,每日獻上你們的十分之一吧!

5 以色列人哪!把有的餅作感謝祭獻上,高聲宣揚你們自願獻的祭吧!這原是你們喜行的。”這是耶和華的宣告。

6 受重罰仍不悔改“雖然我使你們各城的人牙齒乾淨,各處都缺乏糧食;但你們仍不歸向我。”這是耶和華的宣告。

7 “我曾在收割前,不降給你們;我降個城,在另個城卻不降;我在塊地降,另塊地沒有水就枯乾了。

8 個城的居民擠到個城去找,卻沒有足夠的;但你們仍不歸向我。”這是耶和華的宣告。

9 “我曾多次用熱風和霉爛擊打你們的園子和葡萄園,叫蝗蟲光你們的無花果樹橄欖樹;但你們仍不歸向我。”這是耶和華的宣告。

10 “我在你們中間降下瘟疫,正如臨到埃及瘟疫一樣;我用刀殺掉你們的年輕人,你們被擄去的馬匹也遭殺戮;我使你們裡死屍的臭氣撲鼻,但你們仍不歸向我。”這是耶和華的宣告。

11 “我傾覆你們,就像傾覆所多瑪和蛾摩拉一樣;你們像一根木柴,從火裡抽出來;但你們仍不歸向我。”這是耶和華的宣告。

12 “因此,以色列啊!我必這樣對付你。以色列啊!因我必這樣對付你,你應當預備迎見你的。”

13 看哪!他造了,創造了,把他的心意告訴人;他造了晨光和黑暗,他的腳踏在地的處,耶和華萬軍的就是他的名。

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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.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 204


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

天堂的奥秘 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, ...

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撒瑪利亞
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.


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我們
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城牆
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耶和華的
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伯特利
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吉甲
Gilgal signifies the doctrine of natural truth, serving for introduction into the church.


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十分之一
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以色列
'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...


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牙齒
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葡萄園
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無花果
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橄欖
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瘟疫
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埃及
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馬匹
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傾覆
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