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1 Samaria zal woest worden, want zij is wederspannig geweest tegen haar God; zij zullen door het zwaard vallen, hun kinderkens zullen verpletterd, en hun zwangere vrouwen zullen opengesneden worden.

2 Bekeer u, o Israel! tot den HEERE, uw God, toe; want gij zijt gevallen om uw ongerechtigheid.

3 Neem deze woorden met u, en bekeer u tot den HEERE; zeg tot Hem: Neem weg alle ongerechtigheid, en geef het goede, zo zullen wij betalen de varren onzer lippen.

4 Assur zal ons niet behouden, wij zullen niet rijden op paarden, en tot het werk onzer handen niet meer zeggen: Gij zijt onze God. Immers zal een wees bij U ontfermd worden.

5 Ik zal hunlieder afkering genezen, Ik zal hen vrijwilliglijk liefhebben; want Mijn toorn is van hem gekeerd.

6 Ik zal Israel zijn als de dauw; hij zal bloeien als de lelie, en hij zal zijn wortelen uitslaan als de Libanon.

7 Zijn scheuten zullen zich uitspreiden, en zijn heerlijkheid zal zijn als des olijfbooms, en hij zal een reuk hebben als de Libanon.

8 Zij zullen wederkeren, zittende onder zijn schaduw; zij zullen ten leven voortbrengen als koren, en bloeien als de wijnstok; zijn gedachtenis zal zijn als de wijn van Libanon.

9 Efraim! wat heb Ik meer met de afgoden te doen? Ik heb hem verhoord, en zal op hem zien; Ik zal hem zijn als een groenende denneboom; uw vrucht is uit Mij gevonden. [ (Hosea 14:10) Wie is wijs? die versta deze dingen; wie is verstandig? die bekenne ze; want des HEEREN wegen zijn recht, en de rechtvaardigen zullen daarin wandelen, maar de overtreders zullen daarin vallen. ]

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Exploring the Meaning of Hosea 14      

By Helen Kennedy

At the outset of this chapter, Hosea says:

O Israel, return to the Lord your God,
For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;
Take words with you, And return to the Lord. (Hosea 14:1)

Plainly, the Lord exhorts us to return to Him when our wrongdoing has made us turn away.

"Take words with you," is an interesting phrase. It means that we should listen to our conscience - the voice within us that urges us to repent.

The next line,“Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously” shows very clearly what the Lord will do if the people ask Him.

Next, we have this: "For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips". We need to pay attention to detail, not only what we do but also how we speak.

“We will not ride on horses”, in verse (3), shows us to stop thinking we can escape by running away, using intelligent rationales to justify wrong acts.

“Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods,’” shows us to stop thinking that the things we do in the world and from ourselves are the only path to follow. Instead believe the truth that God is the only source of salvation.

“For in You the fatherless finds mercy” is saying that the Lord leaves no one without protection, and abandons no one.

“I will heal their backsliding,” in verse (4) means that God has the ability to keep people from returning to their old ways. “I will love them freely,” shows that He gives His love freely and without reservation.

“For My anger has turned away,” means the sinners’ perception of the Lord will clear and people will see He was never angry, only loving.

“I will be like the dew to Israel,” in verse (5) signifies that His instruction will be gentle like dew on the grass in the morning.

“Grow like the lily,” means the errant one will change, and will grow in purity like the lily;

“Lengthen his roots. . .” like roots growing in the ground the Lord work is in the dark and unseen.

“Branches shall spread” in verse (6) means good and truth will spread into the open and be seen, like the branches on a tree.

“Beauty shall be like an olive tree,” the beauty of the olive tree is in its bearing fruit.

“Fragrance like Lebanon,” like an aroma rising up, the ones who reform will be grateful;

“Those who dwell under his shadow shall return” in verse (7) means those in the dark of false thinking about salvation will be brought into full sunlight.

“They shall be revived like grain and grow like the vine,” explains that where good can flourish like grain in the sunlit field or be abundant like grapes on the vine.

“Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon“ means that this new life emanates a good scent, like the aroma of a good wine. In spiritual terms it means the person can now think through or understand why it is so important to live with good and truth joined together (Apocalypse Explained 730:15).

“What have I to do anymore with idols?” in verse (8) explains that as people are renewed they will no longer depend on their own idols of false thinking and reasoning.

“I have heard and observed Him” because they have heard the Lord speaking in His Word.

“I am like a green cypress tree; Your fruit is found in me” means that like trees that bear fruit, they will have perceptions that lead them to the life the Lord wants for them.

“Who is wise? Let him understand these things,” in verse 9 means those who accept the Lord will have wisdom to see the good paths they are to follow.

“Who is prudent? Let him know them,” explains that those being renewed will use the new thinking the Lord is giving them.

“For the ways of the Lord are right,” means they will understand that only the Lord knows the way to heaven.

“The righteous walk in them,” explains that those who are prudent will follow the Lord’s leading.

“But transgressors stumble in them,” signifies that wrongdoers will find the way to heaven difficult, and will stumble and fall away.


Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 197

Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Hemelse Verborgenheden in Genesis 886, 1069, 1186, 2761, 3579, 3580, 5113, ...

Apocalyps Onthuld 242, 278, 298, 316, 401

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 279, 324, 355, 376, 507, 638

The White Horse - Appendix 1

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