Amos 2

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1 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti di Moab, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché ha bruciato, calcinato le ossa del re d’Edom,

2 io manderò in Moab un fuoco, che divorerà i palazzi di Keriot; e Moab perirà in mezzo al tumulto, ai gridi di guerra e al suon delle trombe;

3 e sterminerò di mezzo ad esso il giudice, e ucciderò tutti i suoi capi con lui, dice l’Eterno.

4 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti di Giuda, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché han sprezzato al legge dell’Eterno e non hanno osservato i suoi statuti, e perché si son lasciati sviare dai loro falsi dèi, dietro ai quali già i padri loro erano andati,

5 io manderò in Giuda un fuoco, che divorerà i palazzi di Gerusalemme.

6 Così parla l’Eterno: Per tre misfatti d’Israele, anzi per quattro, io non revocherò la mia sentenza. Perché vendono il giusto per danaro, e il povero se deve loro un paio di sandali;

7 perché bramano veder la polvere della terra sul capo de’ miseri, e violano il diritto degli umili, e figlio e padre vanno dalla stessa femmina, per profanare il nome mio santo.

8 Si stendono presso ogni altare su vesti ricevute in pegno, e nella casa dei loro dèi bevono il vino di quelli che han colpito d’ammenda.

9 Eppure, io distrussi dinanzi a loro l’Amoreo, la cui altezza era come l’altezza dei cedri, e ch’era forte come le querce; e io distrussi il suo frutto in alto e le sue radici in basso.

10 Eppure, io vi trassi fuori del paese d’Egitto, e vi condussi per quarant’anni nel deserto, per farvi possedere il paese dell’Amoreo.

11 E suscitai tra i vostri figliuoli de’ profeti, e fra i vostri giovani dei nazirei. Non è egli così, o figliuoli d’Israele? Dice l’Eterno.

12 Ma voi avete dato a bere del vino ai nazirei, e avete ordinato ai profeti di non profetare!

13 Ecco, io farò scricchiolare il suolo sotto di voi, come lo fa scricchiolare un carro pien di covoni.

14 All’agile mancherà modo di darsi alla fuga, al forte non gioverà la sua forza, e il valoroso non salverà la sua vita;

15 colui che maneggia l’arco non potrà resistere; chi ha il piè veloce non potrà scampare, e il cavaliere sul suo cavallo non salverà la sua vita;

16 il più coraggioso fra i prodi, fuggirà nudo in quel giorno, dice l’Eterno.

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Exploring the Meaning of Amos 2      

Napsal(a) Helen Kennedy and E. Taylor

In the Book of Amos, chapter two begins with the Lord declaring his anger against the people of Moab, Judea, and Israel. They have committed various wrongs against the Lord and the church, despite His efforts to guide them, and the chapter goes on to suggest that the Lord is losing faith in His people.

Verses 1-8 of this chapter describe the specific ways in which people can destroy or misuse the good and truth of the Word.

Verses 1-3 discuss the Moabites specifically. They represent people who corrupt the good and truth of the church, meaning they would twist what they learned from the Word to suit their own selfish purposes. Bones represent natural truths that we can use as a framework to support all higher knowledge that we learn, so the fact that people were ‘burning bones’ means they destroyed their own foundation to gain spiritual knowledge. In verse 3, the Lord says that he will cut off the judge and the prince, meaning that the Moabites’ failure to determine what is good (like the judge), and lead a life based in truth (like the prince) will not stand against the real spiritual principles of the Lord.

Verses 4-5 are about people who destroy celestial things from the Word, by turning their hearts away from the Lord. The people of Judea had believed they were the Lord’s chosen people for so many generations at this point that they grew complacent, and no longer felt they needed to obey the Lord’s commandments.

Verses 6-8 tell what can happen when people pervert spiritual truths from the church, and turn them into falsities. Swedenborg writes that most of the images from these verses - silver, shoes, dust, wine - can all represent either falsity, or only the most external type of truth. The Israelites were turning to these falsities and to their own greed, instead of using the Lord’s truths to help the poor and the meek.

In verses 9-11, the Lord reminds the children of Israel of everything he has done to prepare them for salvation. He fought for them and delivered them from Egypt, lifted up their leaders and prophets, and provided them with the truths they would need in order to be regenerated.

He also shows that He has the strength to punish them, because He’s already overcome the Amorites, who symbolize evil in general (Secrets of Heaven 6306).

Verses 12-16 describe how the Israelites perverted the knowledge the Lord tried to give them. Instead of trusting what the Lord had taught them, they turned to their own self-righteousness for guidance. Since they thought they had all the answers, they corrupted the Nazarites and silenced the prophets. Without a proper understanding of the Lord’s teachings, the people were no longer equipped to fight against evils or to grow spiritually.

At face value, this chapter depicts the Lord as an angry god who will punish those who disobey him. What seems to be anger is actually the Lord fiercely protecting us, and calling us to follow Him. This chapter reminds us to turn our hearts toward the Lord, and to live according to the truths of the Word.


Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 202

Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 348, 1857, 3881, 6306, 6377, 9489, 10303

Apocalypse Revealed 316

The Lord 4

Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 315, 355, 357, 376, 532, 633, 783

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

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