Amos 4

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French: Louis Segond (1910)         

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1 Ecoutez cette parole, génisses de Basan qui êtes sur la montagne de Samarie, Vous qui opprimez les misérables, qui écrasez les indigents, Et qui dites à vos maris: Apportez, et buvons!

2 Le Seigneur, l'Eternel, l'a juré par sa sainteté: Voici, les jours viendront pour vous Où l'on vous enlèvera avec des crochets, Et votre postérité avec des hameçons;

3 Vous sortirez par les brèches, chacune devant soi, Et vous serez jetées dans la forteresse, dit l'Eternel.

4 Allez à Béthel, et péchez! Allez à Guilgal, et péchez davantage! Offrez vos sacrifices chaque matin, Et vos dîmes tous les trois jours!

5 Faites vos sacrifices d'actions de grâces avec du levain! Proclamez, publiez vos offrandes volontaires! Car c'est là ce que vous aimez, enfants d'Israël, Dit le Seigneur, l'Eternel.

6 Et moi, je vous ai envoyé la famine dans toutes vos villes, Le manque de pain dans toutes vos demeures. Malgré cela, vous n'êtes pas revenus à moi, dit l'Eternel.

7 Et moi, je vous ai refusé la pluie, Lorsqu'il y avait encore trois mois jusqu'à la moisson; J'ai fait pleuvoir sur une ville, Et je n'ai pas fait pleuvoir sur une autre ville; Un champ a reçu la pluie, Et un autre qui ne l'a pas reçue s'est desséché.

8 Deux, trois villes sont allées vers une autre pour boire de l'eau, Et elles n'ont point apaisé leur soif. Malgré cela, vous n'êtes pas revenus à moi, dit l'Eternel.

9 Je vous ai frappés par la rouille et par la nielle; Vos nombreux jardins, vos vignes, vos figuiers et vos oliviers Ont été dévorés par les sauterelles. Malgré cela, vous n'êtes pas revenus à moi, dit l'Eternel.

10 J'ai envoyé parmi vous la peste, comme en Egypte; J'ai tué vos jeunes gens par l'épée, Et laissé prendre vos chevaux; J'ai fait monter à vos narines l'infection de votre camp. Malgré cela, vous n'êtes pas revenus à moi, dit l'Eternel.

11 Je vous ai bouleversés, Comme Sodome et Gomorrhe, que Dieu détruisit; Et vous avez été comme un tison arraché de l'incendie. Malgré cela, vous n'êtes pas revenus à moi, dit l'Eternel...

12 C'est pourquoi je te traiterai de la même manière, Israël; Et puisque je te traiterai de la même manière, Prépare-toi à la rencontre de ton Dieu, O Israël!

13 Car voici celui qui a formé les montagnes et créé le vent, Et qui fait connaître à l'homme ses pensées, Celui qui change l'aurore en ténèbres, Et qui marche sur les hauteurs de la terre: Son nom est l'Eternel, le Dieu des armées.

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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:

Arcanes Célestes 382, 1069, 1453, 2165, 2220, 2799, 2842, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 336, 439, 474, 496, 502, 862

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 49


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 403, 405, 513, 532, 556, 560, 608, ...

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Word/Phrase Explanations

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

Seigneur
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...

saintetÉ
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.

brèches
A breach (Gen. 38:29) signifies the infraction and perversion of truth, by separation from good. A breach signifies falsity of doctrine, and the stroke of...

dit
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...

béthel
When Jacob had his famous dream, of a staircase leading to heaven, he named the place "Bethel," which is Hebrew for "the house of God."...

Guilgal
Gilgal signifies the doctrine of natural truth, serving for introduction into the church.

Matin
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

dîmes
'Tithes,' as in tenths, signifies goods and truths stored up from the Lord in a person’s interior self. These goods are called remains. When these...

trois
'Thirteen,' between twelve and fourteen, denotes the intermediate state. 'Thirteen,' as the sum of ten and three, denotes remains.

levain
Leaven' signifies evil and falsity, which should not be mixed with good and true things. In Leviticus 2:11, it says, 'no meat offering which ye...

Israël
'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...

villes
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

pain
Just as natural food feeds the natural body, so spiritual food feeds the spiritual body. And since our spiritual body is the expression of what...

pluie
'Rain,' in a positive sense, denotes blessing, but in the opposite sense, damnation Rain,' as in Genesis 2:5-6, Exodus 34:25-27, and Hosea 6:3, signifies the...

mois
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...

moisson
'A harvest' symbolizes the state of the church with respect to Divine truth. The reason is that a harvest yields the grain used to make...

un
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...

deux
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

l'eau
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

vignes
'A vine' signifies spiritual good and truth. 'A vine' or 'vineyard' signifies the church where the Word, and the Lord in it, is known, or...

figuiers
The Writings tell us that the fig tree represents the "natural human," which is our outward life in the world, and the thoughts and feelings...

envoyé
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

peste
'Pestilence' denotes the vastation of good and truth.

Egypte
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

tué
'To slay a man to his wounding,' means extinguishing faith, and 'to slay a young man to his hurt,' signifies extinguishing charity, as in Genesis...

épée
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...

chevaux
'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...

camp
Camps in the Bible represent spiritual order – a person’s (or a church community’s) whole collection of desires for good and true ideas on how...

sodome
"Sodom" in the Bible represents the love of self and the love of ruling or dominating others springing from the love of self. This is...

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

rencontre
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...

montagnes
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

vent
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...

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

nom
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...

armées
Armies of the heavens and the sands of the sea ('Jeremiah 33:15-22') signify the knowledges of truth and good in the spiritual and natural ma{ign21}


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