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1 猶大烏西雅,以色列約阿施的兒子耶羅波安在位的時候,大地震前二年,提哥亞牧人中的阿摩司得默示論以色列

2 耶和華必從錫安吼叫,從耶路撒冷發聲;牧人的草場要悲哀;迦密的山頂要枯乾。

3 耶和華如此:大馬色次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罰;因為他以打糧食的器打過基列。

4 我卻要降在哈薛的家中,燒滅便哈達的宮殿

5 我必折斷大馬色的門閂,剪除亞文平原的居民和伯伊甸掌權的。亞蘭人必被擄到吉珥。這是耶和華的。

6 耶和華如此:迦薩次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罰;因為他擄掠眾民交給以東

7 我卻要降在迦薩的城內,燒滅其中的宮殿

8 我必剪除亞實突的居民和亞實基倫掌權的,也必反攻擊以革倫。非利士人所餘剩的必都滅亡。這是耶和華的。

9 耶和華如此:推羅次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罰;因為他將眾民交給以東,並不記念弟兄的盟約。

10 我卻要降在推羅的城內,燒滅其中的宮殿

11 耶和華如此以東次地犯罪,我必不免去他的刑罰;因為他拿刀追趕兄弟,毫無憐憫,發怒撕裂,永懷忿怒。

12 我卻要降在提幔,燒滅波斯拉的宮殿

13 耶和華如此:亞捫人次地犯罪,我必不免去他們的刑罰;因為他們剖開基列的孕婦,擴張自己的境界。

14 我卻要在爭戰吶喊的日子,旋風狂暴的時候,點拉巴的城內,燒滅其中的宮殿

15 他們的和首領必一同被擄去。這是耶和華的。

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Exploring the Meaning of Amos 1      

By Steve David

The Internal Meaning of Amos, Chapter 1.

Verses 1-2 describe the Lord teaching us about the Word and doctrine from the Word. In this book of the Bible, the prophet Amos symbolizes the Lord. Amos was a shepherd, and of course that metaphor is used to describe the Lord Jesus Christ, too, in the New Testament.

The book of Amos describes the Lord's anger and impatience with the Children of Israel - in the literal sense. Inside, though, it is really a story of the Lord’s great love and concern for us. This is a book of promise: The Lord will triumph over hell’s quest to dominate us and destroy the gift of salvation. This victory is not an occasional interest of the Lord’s; He has an “ardent zeal” to protect us.

In verse 2, the roaring of the Lord from Zion and the uttering of His voice from Jerusalem teach us several things about Him in this context:
- He has grievous distress for His church and people.
- He has an ardent zeal for protecting heaven and the church.
- He warns of coming vastations.
- He points to the drying up of our “Mount Carmel” and the effects this will have on our “vineyards.”

There are different ways to destroy true ideas and good loves. Verses 3-15 in this chapter describe the different ways that people do this.

Verses 3-5 are talking about people who pervert knowledges from the Word, knowledges which help us form true, useful doctrine. When people successfully corrupt knowledge from the Word, they also undermine the good that would come from that knowledge. But, these people will perish, spiritually.

Verses 6-8 describe people who apply the Word to create or reinforce heretical false ideas. That's not a good thing to do; they will perish, too.

Verses 9-10 address people who pervert knowledges [cognitiones] of good and truth, and thereby injure the external sense of the Word.

Verses 11-12 are about people who pervert the sense of the letter of the Word by falsity, by which doctrine perishes.

Finally, verses 13-15 describe people who falsify the truths of the sense of the letter of the Word: they do not resist in the day of combat, but destroy the truth of doctrine.

What are we to make of this? One take-away is that the Lord loves us, and wants to protect us. Another is that he wants us to carefully read the Word and seek the truths in it - those in the literal sense, and those in the internal sense. From these we should form sound doctrine, and develop good loves that can be built on true ideas.

For further reading, see Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325, and The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

天堂的奥秘 2606, 10325

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 201


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

天堂的奥秘 367, 1197, 3995, 4171, 6419, 6804, 9340, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 343, 612


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 419, 532, 601, 746, 817, 850

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

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