Amos 4

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1 Išgirskite šitą žodį, Bašano karvės, esančios Samarijos kalnyne, kurios spaudžiate vargšus, skriaudžiate neturtėlius ir sakote savo valdovams: “Atneškite, ir mes gersime!”

2 Viešpats Dievas prisiekė savo šventumu: “Štai ateis jums dienos, kai jus ištrauks kabliais ir jūsų palikuonis kaip žuvis ant kabliuko.

3 Jūs išeisite pro spragas, kiekviena tiesiausiu keliu, ir būsite išmestos Harmone,­sako Viešpats”.

4 “Eikite į Betelį ir į Gilgalą ir ten nusikalskite! Aukokite rytais aukas, kas trečią dieną neškite dešimtines.

5 Aukokite raugintos duonos padėkos auką, skelbkite laisvos valios aukas! Juk tai jums patinka, izraelitai”,­sako Viešpats Dievas.

6 “Aš daviau jums švarius dantis visuose jūsų miestuose ir duonos stoką visose vietovėse. Tačiau jūs nesugrįžote pas mane”,­sako Viešpats.

7 “Aš nedaviau jums lietaus likus trims mėnesiams iki pjūties. Aš leidau lyti viename mieste, o kitame sulaikiau lietų. Vietomis palijo, o ten kur nelijo, viskas išdžiūvo.

8 Du ar trys miestai ėjo į vieną miestą atsigerti vandens, bet troškulio nenumalšino. Tačiau jūs nesugrįžote pas mane”,­sako Viešpats.

9 “Aš naikinau sausra ir pelėsiais jūsų laukų derlių, išdžiovinau sodus ir vynuogynus, figmedžius ir alyvmedžius nuėdė skėriai. Tačiau jūs nesugrįžote pas mane”,­sako Viešpats.

10 “Aš siunčiau jums marą kaip Egipte, išžudžiau kardu jūsų jaunuolius, žirgus atidaviau kaip grobį. Jūsų stovyklų smarvė pasiekė jūsų nosis, tačiau jūs nesugrįžote pas mane”,­sako Viešpats.

11 “Aš naikinau jus kaip Sodomą ir Gomorą, ir jūs tapote kaip nuodėgulis, ištrauktas iš ugnies. Tačiau jūs nesugrįžote pas mane,­ sako Viešpats.­

12 Izraeli, Aš taip su tavimi pasielgsiu, todėl pasiruošk sutikti savo Dievą!”

13 Nes štai Tas, kuris sukūrė kalnus bei sutvėrė vėją, kuris apreiškia žmogui savo mintis. Jis aušrą paverčia tamsa ir kalnų viršūnės yra po Jo kojomis. Viešpats, kareivijų Dievas, yra Jo vardas.

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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:

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

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

The Lord 49


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

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

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