Sefanja 1

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1 Detta är HERRENS ord som kom till Sefanja, son till Kusi, son till Gedalja, son till Amarja, son till Hiskia, i Josias, Amons sons, Juda konungs, tid.

2 Jag skall rycka bort och förgöra allt vad på jorden är, säger HERREN;

3 jag skall förgöra människor och djur, jag skall förgöra fåglarna under himmelen och fiskarna i havet, det vacklande riket jämte de ogudaktiga människorna; ja, människorna skall jag utrota från jorden, säger HERREN.

4 Jag skall uträcka min hand mot Juda och mot Jerusalems alla invånare och utrota från denna plats Baals sista kvarleva, avgudaprofeternas namn jämte prästerna;

5 dem som på taken tillbedja himmelens härskara, och dem som tillbedja HERREN och svärja vid honom och svärja vid Malkam;

6 dem som hava vikit bort ifrån HERREN, och dem som aldrig hava sökt HERREN eller frågat efter honom.

7 Varen stilla inför Herren, Herren! Ty HERRENS dag är nära; Herren har tillrett ett slaktoffer, han har invigt sina gäster.

8 Och det skall ske på HERRENS slaktoffers dag att jag skall hemsöka furstarna och konungasönerna och alla som kläda sig i utländska kläder;

9 Jag skall på den dagen hemsöka alla som hoppa över tröskeln, dem som fylla sin herres hus med våld och svek.

10 På den dagen, säger HERREN, skall klagorop höras ifrån Fiskporten och jämmer från Nya staden och stort brak från höjderna.

11 Jämren eder, I som bon i Mortelkvarteret, ty det är förbi med hela krämarskaran; utrotade äro alla de penninglastade.

12 Och det skall ske på den tiden att jag skall genomleta Jerusalem med lyktor och hemsöka de människor som nu ligga där i ro på sin drägg, dem som säga i sina hjärtan: »HERREN gör intet, varken gott eller ont.»

13 Deras ägodelar skola då lämnas till plundring och deras hus till ödeläggelse. Om de bygga sig hus, skola de ej få bo i dem, och om de plantera vingårdar, skola de ej få dricka vin från dem.

14 HERRENS stora dag är nära, ja, den är nära, den kommer med stor hast. Hör, det är HERRENS dag! I ångest ropa nu hjältarna.

15 En vredens dag är den dagen, en dag av ångest och trångmål, en dag av ödeläggelse och förödelse en dag av mörker och tjocka, en dag av moln och töcken,

16 en dag då basunljud och härskri höjes mot de fastaste städer och mot de högsta murtorn.

17 Då skall jag bereda människorna sådan ångest att de där såsom blinda, därför att de hava syndat mot HERREN. Deras blod skall spridas omkring såsom stoft, och deras kroppar skola kastas ut såsom orenlighet.

18 Varken deras silver eller deras guld skall kunna rädda dem på HERRENS vredes dag. Av hans nitälskans eld skall hela jorden förtäras. Ty en ände, ja, en ände med förskräckelse skall han göra på alla jordens inbyggare.



Exploring the Meaning of Sefanja 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Zephaniah’s prophecy is said to have taken place in the days of Josiah, the king of Judah. Josiah was a good king, walking in the all ways of the Lord, but both his sons were evil. He was the last king of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Jerusalem, and took many of the Jews captive to exile in Babylon for 70 years. (See the last four chapters of 2 Kings for Josiah’s story.)

The first chapter of the book of Zephaniah, in Zephaniah 1:1-3, begins with a prophecy that God will consume all things. We know that this isn't literally what was going to happen; consuming is not something that God does. Instead, it's something we do to ourselves when we depend only on our understanding of truth and ignore what is said in the Word. It means the perishing of our understanding of that truth.

The people who lived at that time were becoming totally external; there was no more affection for truths. Random thoughts about truths were gone, even the most outward truths of the stories were not considered worthy of thought, and any difficult truths were ignored. The church was becoming only a matter of rote external motions.

In Zephaniah 1:4-6, Baal, the stars and moon and sun, and Malcam, are false gods. Again it seems as though the Lord will punish Judah, but actually, by having “turned back from following the Lord,” the people of Judah has turned to false gods have no real power.

In Zephaniah 1:7-8, nevertheless the lord will have mercy on those that turn back to Him and can sit at His feast. But as in the parable of the wedding supper, (Matthew 22:11-13) only those who have the right clothing are welcome. Why this rule?

Garments mean evident truths that a person “wears”. Princes and kings mean ruling truths or falsities that a person believes and uses to guide ones actions. When these are not from the Lord’s Word they lead one astray.

In Zephaniah 1:9-11, the text refers to areas of Jerusalem, where of all places God’s Word should be revered and believed and used to gain wisdom. Yet even there, there is mourning and wailing.

Maktesh means a mortar for grinding flour, and so perhaps a neighborhood of bakers. Merchants are traders, and are used to mean those who trade news of truths that they have heard. The whole idea here is that known truths are being defiled in the very place they should be honored.

In Zephaniah 1:12, 13, the idea has come about that either there is no God or that He doesn’t care. The houses and vineyards, the truths they live with and the new truths that they can drink in are gone, there is no more truth in the church.

In Zephaniah 1:14-17, there first is a prophecy of the Lord’s coming, “The great day of the Lord is near”.

We need to realize that words in the story that regard quickness or haste mostly mean sureness and importance. God doesn’t have a calendar; all time is the present with Him.

Then comes the reaction for those who have falsified His truth and turned away from his commandments -- ignored Him. They will be judged, and they won’t be happy about it.

In Zephaniah 1:18, the “truth” they honor -- the silver -- will be seen to have no value, and the appearance of good they put on -- the gold -- to be only paint.

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Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Zephaniah’s prophecy is said to have taken place in the days of Josiah, the king of Judah. Josiah was a good king, walking in the all ways of the Lord, but both his sons were evil. He was the last king of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's army conquered Jerusalem, and took many of the Jews captive to exile in Babylon for 70 years. (See the last four chapters of 2 Kings for Josiah’s story.)

The first chapter of the book of Zephaniah, in Zephaniah 1:1-3, begins with a prophecy that God will consume all things. We know that this isn't literally what was going to happen; consuming is not something that God does. Instead, it's something we do to ourselves when we depend only on our understanding of truth and ignore what is said in the Word. It means the perishing of our understanding of that truth.

The people who lived at that time were becoming totally external; there was no more affection for truths. Random thoughts about truths were gone, even the most outward truths of the stories were not considered worthy of thought, and any difficult truths were ignored. The church was becoming only a matter of rote external motions.

In Zephaniah 1:4-6, Baal, the stars and moon and sun, and Malcam, are false gods. Again it seems as though the Lord will punish Judah, but actually, by having “turned back from following the Lord,” the people of Judah has turned to false gods have no real power.

In Zephaniah 1:7-8, nevertheless the lord will have mercy on those that turn back to Him and can sit at His feast. But as in the parable of the wedding supper, (Matthew 22:11-13) only those who have the right clothing are welcome. Why this rule?

Garments mean evident truths that a person “wears”. Princes and kings mean ruling truths or falsities that a person believes and uses to guide ones actions. When these are not from the Lord’s Word they lead one astray.

In Zephaniah 1:9-11, the text refers to areas of Jerusalem, where of all places God’s Word should be revered and believed and used to gain wisdom. Yet even there, there is mourning and wailing.

Maktesh means a mortar for grinding flour, and so perhaps a neighborhood of bakers. Merchants are traders, and are used to mean those who trade news of truths that they have heard. The whole idea here is that known truths are being defiled in the very place they should be honored.

In Zephaniah 1:12, 13, the idea has come about that either there is no God or that He doesn’t care. The houses and vineyards, the truths they live with and the new truths that they can drink in are gone, there is no more truth in the church.

In Zephaniah 1:14-17, there first is a prophecy of the Lord’s coming, “The great day of the Lord is near”.

We need to realize that words in the story that regard quickness or haste mostly mean sureness and importance. God doesn’t have a calendar; all time is the present with Him.

Then comes the reaction for those who have falsified His truth and turned away from his commandments -- ignored Him. They will be judged, and they won’t be happy about it.

In Zephaniah 1:18, the “truth” they honor -- the silver -- will be seen to have no value, and the appearance of good they put on -- the gold -- to be only paint.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Caelestia 411

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 228


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Caelestia 375, 776, 991, 1071, 1488, 1839, 1860, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 20, 166, 216, 290, 316, 340, 342, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 14, 38

True Christian Religion 82, 689, 755, 761


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 31, 195, 280, 342, 376, 397, 417, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 58, 77

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ord
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Son
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säger
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djur
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himmelen
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havet
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ogudaktiga
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hand
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invånare
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

Plats
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Baals
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namn
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prästerna
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himmelens
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efter
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dag
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Hoppa
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hus
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våld
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Svek
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Jämren
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tiden
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Jerusalem
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drägg
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säga
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bygga
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Bo
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plantera
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vingårdar
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Vin
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stor
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en dag
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mörker
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blod
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stoft
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silver
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