Zefanias 1

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1 HE ENS ord, som kom til Zefanias, en Søn af Kusji, en Søn af Gedalja, en Søn af Amarja, en Søn af Ezekias, i de Dage da Josias, Amons Søn, var Konge i Juda.

2 Jeg bortriver, bortriver alt fra Jorden, lyder det fra HE EN;

3 jeg bortriver Folk og Fæ, jeg bortriver Himlens Fugle og Havets Fisk. Gudløse bringer jeg til Fald, og Syndere rydder jeg, bort fra Jorden, lyder det fra HE EN.

4 Jeg udrækker Hånden mod Juda og alle Jerusalems Borgere. Jeg fjerner den sidste Ba'al fra dette Sted og Afgudspræsternes Navn med Præsterne

5 og dem, som på Tagene tilbeder Himlens Hær, og dem, som tilbeder HE EN og sværger til bam, men også sværger ved Milkom,

6 og dem, som veg bort fra HE EN, ej søger, ej rådspørger HE EN.

7 Stille for den Herre HE EN! Thi hans Dag er nær; thi HE EN har et Offer rede, han har helliget de budne.

8 Og på HE ENs Offerdag skal det ske: Da vil jeg hjemsøge Fyrsterne og Kongens Sønner og alle dem, som er klædt i udenlandsk Dragt.

9 Den Dag hjemsøget jeg alle, som hopper over Tærsklen, som fylder deresHerresHus med Vold og Svig.

10 Den Dag skal det ske, så lyder det fra HE EN: Hør Skrig fra Fiskeporten og Jamren fra den nye Bydel. fra Højene et vældigt Brag!

11 Beboerne i Morteren jamrer, thi slettet er alt Kræmmerfolket, udryddet enhver, som vejer Sølv.

12 Til den Tid skal det ske: Jeg ransager Jerusalem med Lygter og hjemsøger Mændene der, som ligger i o på deres Bærme, som siger i deres Hjerte: "HE EN gør hverken godt eller ondt."

13 Deres Gods skal gøres til Bytte, deres Huse skal ødelægges. De skal vel bygge Huse, men ej bo deri, vel plante Vingårde, men Vinen skal de ikke drikke.

14 Nær er HE ENs Dag, den store, den er nær og kommer hastigt. Hør, HE ENs Dag, den bitre! Da udstøder Helten Skrig.

15 Den Dag er en Vredens Dag, en Trængselens og Nødens Dag, en Ødelæggelsens og Ødets Dag, en Mørkets og Mulmets Dag, en Skyernes og Tågens Dag,

16 en Hornets og Krigsskrigets Dag imod de faste Stæder og imod de knejsende Tinder.

17 Over Menneskene bringer jeg Trængsel; som blinde vanker de om, fordi de synded mod HE EN. Deres Blod øses ud som Støv, deres Livssaft ligesom Skarn.

18 Hverken deres Sølv eller Guld evner at frelse dem på HE ENs Vredes Dag, når hele Jorden fortæres af hans Nidkærheds Ild; thi Undergang, ja brat Tilintetgørelse bringer jeg over alle, som borJorden.



Exploring the Meaning of Zefanias 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Zephaniah’s prophecy is said to have taken place in the days of Josiah, the king of Judah. Josiah was a good king, walking in the all ways of the Lord, but both his sons were evil. He was the last king of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Jerusalem, and took many of the Jews captive to exile in Babylon for 70 years. (See the last four chapters of 2 Kings for Josiah’s story.)

The first chapter of the book of Zephaniah, in Zephaniah 1:1-3, begins with a prophecy that God will consume all things. We know that this isn't literally what was going to happen; consuming is not something that God does. Instead, it's something we do to ourselves when we depend only on our understanding of truth and ignore what is said in the Word. It means the perishing of our understanding of that truth.

The people who lived at that time were becoming totally external; there was no more affection for truths. Random thoughts about truths were gone, even the most outward truths of the stories were not considered worthy of thought, and any difficult truths were ignored. The church was becoming only a matter of rote external motions.

In Zephaniah 1:4-6, Baal, the stars and moon and sun, and Malcam, are false gods. Again it seems as though the Lord will punish Judah, but actually, by having “turned back from following the Lord,” the people of Judah has turned to false gods have no real power.

In Zephaniah 1:7-8, nevertheless the lord will have mercy on those that turn back to Him and can sit at His feast. But as in the parable of the wedding supper, (Matthew 22:11-13) only those who have the right clothing are welcome. Why this rule?

Garments mean evident truths that a person “wears”. Princes and kings mean ruling truths or falsities that a person believes and uses to guide ones actions. When these are not from the Lord’s Word they lead one astray.

In Zephaniah 1:9-11, the text refers to areas of Jerusalem, where of all places God’s Word should be revered and believed and used to gain wisdom. Yet even there, there is mourning and wailing.

Maktesh means a mortar for grinding flour, and so perhaps a neighborhood of bakers. Merchants are traders, and are used to mean those who trade news of truths that they have heard. The whole idea here is that known truths are being defiled in the very place they should be honored.

In Zephaniah 1:12, 13, the idea has come about that either there is no God or that He doesn’t care. The houses and vineyards, the truths they live with and the new truths that they can drink in are gone, there is no more truth in the church.

In Zephaniah 1:14-17, there first is a prophecy of the Lord’s coming, “The great day of the Lord is near”.

We need to realize that words in the story that regard quickness or haste mostly mean sureness and importance. God doesn’t have a calendar; all time is the present with Him.

Then comes the reaction for those who have falsified His truth and turned away from his commandments -- ignored Him. They will be judged, and they won’t be happy about it.

In Zephaniah 1:18, the “truth” they honor -- the silver -- will be seen to have no value, and the appearance of good they put on -- the gold -- to be only paint.

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Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Zephaniah’s prophecy is said to have taken place in the days of Josiah, the king of Judah. Josiah was a good king, walking in the all ways of the Lord, but both his sons were evil. He was the last king of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Jerusalem, and took many of the Jews captive to exile in Babylon for 70 years. (See the last four chapters of 2 Kings for Josiah’s story.)

The first chapter of the book of Zephaniah, in Zephaniah 1:1-3, begins with a prophecy that God will consume all things. We know that this isn't literally what was going to happen; consuming is not something that God does. Instead, it's something we do to ourselves when we depend only on our understanding of truth and ignore what is said in the Word. It means the perishing of our understanding of that truth.

The people who lived at that time were becoming totally external; there was no more affection for truths. Random thoughts about truths were gone, even the most outward truths of the stories were not considered worthy of thought, and any difficult truths were ignored. The church was becoming only a matter of rote external motions.

In Zephaniah 1:4-6, Baal, the stars and moon and sun, and Malcam, are false gods. Again it seems as though the Lord will punish Judah, but actually, by having “turned back from following the Lord,” the people of Judah has turned to false gods have no real power.

In Zephaniah 1:7-8, nevertheless the lord will have mercy on those that turn back to Him and can sit at His feast. But as in the parable of the wedding supper, (Matthew 22:11-13) only those who have the right clothing are welcome. Why this rule?

Garments mean evident truths that a person “wears”. Princes and kings mean ruling truths or falsities that a person believes and uses to guide ones actions. When these are not from the Lord’s Word they lead one astray.

In Zephaniah 1:9-11, the text refers to areas of Jerusalem, where of all places God’s Word should be revered and believed and used to gain wisdom. Yet even there, there is mourning and wailing.

Maktesh means a mortar for grinding flour, and so perhaps a neighborhood of bakers. Merchants are traders, and are used to mean those who trade news of truths that they have heard. The whole idea here is that known truths are being defiled in the very place they should be honored.

In Zephaniah 1:12, 13, the idea has come about that either there is no God or that He doesn’t care. The houses and vineyards, the truths they live with and the new truths that they can drink in are gone, there is no more truth in the church.

In Zephaniah 1:14-17, there first is a prophecy of the Lord’s coming, “The great day of the Lord is near”.

We need to realize that words in the story that regard quickness or haste mostly mean sureness and importance. God doesn’t have a calendar; all time is the present with Him.

Then comes the reaction for those who have falsified His truth and turned away from his commandments -- ignored Him. They will be judged, and they won’t be happy about it.

In Zephaniah 1:18, the “truth” they honor -- the silver -- will be seen to have no value, and the appearance of good they put on -- the gold -- to be only paint.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 411

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 228


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 375, 776, 991, 1071, 1488, 1839, 1860, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 20, 166, 216, 290, 316, 340, 342, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 14, 38

True Christian Religion 82, 689, 755, 761


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 31, 195, 280, 342, 376, 397, 417, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 58, 77

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ord
'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...

søn
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dage
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konge
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Juda
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.

fugle
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syndere
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navn
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tagene
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hær
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herre
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dag
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sønner
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udenlandsk
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vold
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sølv
'Money' relates to truth.

tid
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jerusalem
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bærme
'Lees' signify truths from good.

siger
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huse
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bygge
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plante
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drikke
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store
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blod
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støv
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guld
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jorden
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