Amos 4

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1 Höret dies Wort, ihr fetten Kühe, die ihr auf dem Berge Samarias seid und den Dürftigen Unrecht tut und untertretet die Armen und sprecht zu euren Herren: Bringe her, laß uns saufen!

2 Der HERR HERR hat geschworen bei seiner Heiligkeit: Siehe, es kommt die Zeit über euch, daß man euch wird herausziehen mit Angeln und eure Nachkommen mit Fischhaken.

3 Und ihr werdet zu den Lücken hinausgehen, eine jegliche vor sich hin, und gen Harmon weggeworfen werden, spricht der HERR.

4 Ja, kommt her gen Beth-El und treibt Sünde, und gen Gilgal, daß ihr der Sünden viel macht, und bringt eure Opfer des Morgens und eure Zehnten des dritten Tages,

5 und räuchert vom Sauerteig zum Dankopfer und ruft aus freiwillige Opfer und verkündigt es; denn so habt ihr's gern, ihr Kinder Israel, spricht der HERR HERR.

6 Darum habe ich euch auch in allen euren Städten müßige Zähne gegeben und Mangel am Brot an allen euren Orten; doch bekehrtet ihr euch nicht zu mir, spricht der HERR.

7 Auch habe ich den Regen über euch verhalten, da noch drei Monate waren bis zur Ernte; und ließ regnen über eine Stadt und auf die andere Stadt ließ ich nicht regnen; ein Acker ward beregnet, und der andere Acker, der nicht beregnet ward, verdorrte.

8 Und es zogen zwei, drei Städte zu einer Stadt, daß sie Wasser trinken möchten, und konnten nicht genug finden; doch bekehrtet ihr euch nicht zu mir, spricht der HERR.

9 Ich plagte euch mit dürrer Zeit und mit Brandkorn; so fraßen auch die Raupen alles, was in euren Gärten und Weinbergen, auf euren Feigenbäumen und Ölbäumen wuchs; doch bekehrtet ihr euch nicht zu mir, spricht der HERR.

10 Ich schickte Pestilenz unter euch gleicherweise wie in Ägypten; ich tötete eure junge Mannschaft durchs Schwert und ließ eure Pferde gefangen wegführen und ließ den Gestank von eurem Heerlager in eure Nasen gehen; doch bekehrtet ihr euch nicht zu mir, spricht der HERR.

11 Ich kehrte unter euch um, wie Gott Sodom und Gomorra umkehrte, daß ihr waret wie ein Brand, der aus dem Feuer gerissen wird; doch bekehrtet ihr euch nicht zu mir, spricht der HERR.

12 Darum will ich dir weiter also tun, Israel. Weil ich denn dir also tun will, so schicke dich, Israel, und begegne deinem Gott.

13 Denn siehe, er ist's, der die Berge macht, den Wind schafft und zeigt dem Menschen, was er im Sinn hat. Er macht die Morgenröte und die Finsternis; er tritt einher auf den Höhen der Erde, er heißt HERR, Gott Zebaoth.

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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:

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 204


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 382, 1069, 1453, 2165, 2220, 2799, 2842, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 336, 439, 474, 496, 502, 862

Die Lehre vom Herrn 49


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

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

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Berge
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samarias
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uns
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Herr
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gilgal
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zehnten
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sauerteig
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israel
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brot
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drei
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regnen
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