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Amos 4:2

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2 Herren, HE EN har svurit vid sin helighet: Se, dagar skola komma över eder, då man skall hämta upp eder med metkrokar och eder sista kvarleva med fiskkrokar.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 204


Další odkazy Swedenborga k tomuto verši:

Arcana Caelestia 2842, 4926

Apocalypse Revealed 439, 474


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 513, 560, 608

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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.

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Luke 6:44-45

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44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

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Výklad(a) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1017, 2371, 5117, 7690, 9337

Apocalypse Revealed 334, 400, 649, 934

Divine Providence 80

Doctrine of Life 28, 51

True Christian Religion 373, 468


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 109, 403, 785

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 Compare a Bramble with a Fruitful Vine
Go on a nature walk to see a prickly vine and compare it with a vine (such as a grape vine) that is without thorns and bears edible fruit.
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 For Reflection: Treasure of the Heart
How can we gather spiritual treasure and bring forth good?
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 I Have Chosen You
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Activity | Ages over 18

 Lifeline to the Lord
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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Living And Growing Spiritually
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
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 Memory Verse: Looking for the Good in Others
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 Memory Verse: Parable of the Talents
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 Name the Lord's Disciples
Consult Luke 6:13-16 to find the names of the disciples and list them in this graphic organizer.
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 Quotes: Disciples of the Lord
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Quotes: Using Our Talents
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 The Speck and the Plank
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 The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments list actions a person must do in order to connect with God. Explore the spiritual meaning to commandments using New Church online resources.
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Learn about "face and hands" passages in the Lord's Word where the spiritual meaning shines clearly.
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