Hoschea 14

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1 Pereat Samaria, quoniam ad amaritudinem concitavit Deum suum ! in gladio pereant, parvuli eorum elidantur, et fœtæ ejus discindantur !

2 Convertere, Israël, ad Dominum Deum tuum, quoniam corruisti in iniquitate tua.

3 Tollite vobiscum verba, et convertimini ad Dominum ; et dicite ei : Omnem aufer iniquitatem, accipe bonum, et reddemus vitulos labiorum nostrorum.

4 Assur non salvabit nos : super equum non ascendemus, nec dicemus ultra, Dii nostri opera manuum nostrarum : quia ejus, qui in te est, misereberis pupilli.

5 Sanabo contritiones eorum ; diligam eos spontanee : quia aversus est furor meus ab eis.

6 Ero quasi ros ; Israël germinabit sicut lilium, et erumpet radix ejus ut Libani.

7 Ibunt rami ejus, et erit quasi oliva gloria ejus, et odor ejus ut Libani.

8 Convertentur sedentes in umbra ejus ; vivent tritico, et germinabunt quasi vinea ; memoriale ejus sicut vinum Libani.

9 Ephraim, quid mihi ultra idola ? Ego exaudiam, et dirigam eum ego ut abietem virentem ; ex me fructus tuus inventus est.

10 Quis sapiens, et intelliget ista ? intelligens, et sciet hæc ? quia rectæ viæ Domini, et justi ambulabunt in eis ; prævaricatores vero corruent in eis.

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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.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Librorum Propheticorum et Psalmorum Davidis 196, 197


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 886, 1069, 1186, 2761, 3579, 3580, 5113, ...

Apocalypsis Revelata 242, 278, 298, 316, 401


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypsis Explicata 279, 324, 355, 376, 507, 638

Appendix de Equo Albo 1

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Word/Phrase Explanations

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

gladio
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iniquitatem
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bonum
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

opera
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...

pupilli
'Orphans' signify people who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do what is good but are not...

ros
Dew, in Deut. 32:2 signifies the multiplication of truth from good, and the fructification of good by truth.

lilium
'To blossom as the lily,' as in Hosea 14:5, relates to the first state of the new birth, or of regeneration. For 'a lily' signifies...

radix
'A root,' as in Malachi 4:1, signifies charity. The dried up root,' as in Hosea 9:16, 17, signifies charity which could not bear fruit.

oliva
'An olive,' as in Isaiah 17:6, signifies celestial remains. 'An olive' signifies love and charity, because 'the olive tree' signifies the celestial church, and so...

odor
Fragrance means the affection of truth derived from good.

umbra
'The shadow is good' of the oak, poplar and elm means complacence.

vinum
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...

ephraim
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...

fructus
We tend to think of "fruit" in two ways in natural language. One is as food that grows on trees and vines, sweet and delicious,...

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