Amos 4

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1 Čujte ovu reč, krave vasanske, koje ste u gori samarijskoj, koje krivo činite ubogima i satirete siromahe, koje govorite gospodarima svojim: Donesite da pijemo.

2 Zakle se Gospod Gospod svetošću svojom da će vam evo doći dani, te će vas izvlačiti kukama, i ostatak vaš udicama ribarskim.

3 I kroz prolome ćete izaći, svaka na prema se, i pobacaćete šta bude u dvorovima, govori Gospod.

4 Idite u Vetilj, i činite bezakonje, u Galgalu množite bezakonje svoje, i prinosite svako jutro žrtve svoje, treće godine desetke svoje;

5 I palite žrtvu zahvalnu od hleba kiselog, i oglasite žrtve dragovoljne i razglasite, jer vam je tako milo, sinovi Izrailjevi, govori Gospod Gospod.

6 I zato vam ja dadoh da su vam čisti zubi po svim gradovima vašim i da nema hleba nigde po svim mestima vašim; ali se ne obratiste k meni, govori Gospod.

7 A ja vam ustegoh dažd, kad još tri meseca behu do žetve, i pustih dažd na jedan grad, a na drugi grad ne pustih dažda, jedan se kraj nakvasi, a drugi kraj, na koji ne dažde, posuši se.

8 Tako dva i tri grada iđahu u jedan grad da piju vode, i ne mogahu se napiti; ipak se ne obratiste k meni, govori Gospod.

9 Bih vas sušom i medljikom; gusenice izjedoše obilje u vrtovima vašim i u vinogradima vašim i na smokvama vašim i na maslinama vašim; ipak se ne obratiste k meni, govori Gospod.

10 Poslah u vas pomor kao u Misir, pobih mačem mladiće vaše i odvedoh konje vaše, i učinih te se podizaše smrad iz logora vašeg i u nozdrve vaše; ipak se ne obratiste k meni, govori Gospod.

11 Zatirah vas kao što Gospod zatre Sodom i Gomor, i bejaste kao glavnja istrgnuta iz ognja; ipak se ne obratiste k meni, govori Gospod.

12 Zato ću ti tako učiniti, Izrailju; i što ću ti tako učiniti, pripravi se, Izrailju, da sretneš Boga svog.

13 Jer eto Onog koji je sazidao gore i koji je stvorio vetar i javlja čoveku šta misli, čini od zore tamu, i hodi po visinama zemaljskim; ime Mu je Gospod Bog nad vojskama.

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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.


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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