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何西阿書 9

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1 以色列啊,不要像外邦人歡喜快樂;因為你行邪淫離棄你的,在各穀場上如妓女賞賜。

2 穀場和酒醡都不夠以色列人使用;新酒也必缺乏。

3 他們必不得耶和華的地;以法蓮卻要歸回埃及,必在亞述不潔淨的食物。

4 他們必不得向耶和華奠酒,即便奠酒也不蒙悅納。他們的祭物必如居喪者的食物,凡的必被玷污;因他們的食物只為自己的口腹,必不奉入耶和華的殿。

5 在大會的日子,到耶和華的節期,你們怎樣行呢?

6 看哪,他們逃避災難;埃及人必收殮他們的屍首,摩弗人必葬埋他們的骸骨。他們用子做的美物上必長蒺藜;他們的帳棚中必生荊棘。

7 以色列人知道降罰的日子臨近,報應的時候到。民說:作先知的是愚昧;受靈感的是妄,皆因他們多多作孽,大懷怨恨。

8 以法蓮曾作我守望的;至於先知,在他一切的道上作為捕鳥人的網羅,在他的家中懷怨恨。

9 以法蓮深深地敗壞,如在基比亞的日子一樣。耶和華必記念他們的孽,追討他們的罪惡

10 主說:我遇見以色列如葡萄在曠野;我見你們的列祖如無花果樹上春季初熟的果子。他們卻到巴力毗珥專拜那可羞恥的,就成為可憎惡的,與他們所的一樣。

11 至於以法蓮人,他們的榮耀必如去,必不生產,不懷胎,不成孕。

12 縱然養大兒女,我卻必使他們喪子,甚不留一個。我離棄他們,他們就有禍了。

13 以法蓮如推羅栽於美地。以法蓮卻要將自己的兒女帶出來,交與行戮的人。

14 耶和華啊,求你加他們─加甚麼呢?要使他們胎墜乳乾。

15 耶和華說:他們一切的惡事都在吉甲;我在那裡憎惡他們。因他們所行的惡,我必從我地上趕出他們去,不再憐愛他們;他們的首領都是悖逆的。

16 以法蓮受責罰,本枯乾,必不能結果,即或生產,我必殺他們所生的愛子。

17 我的必棄絕他們,因為他們不從他;他們也必飄流在列國中。

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 192

Other references to this chapter:

天堂的奥秘 217, 264, 273, 382, 1071, 1165, 1566, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 316, 334, 503, 535, 585, 651, 757

The Lord 4, 48

Sacred Scripture 79

真實的基督徒信仰 247

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 282, 376, 403, 622, 624, 654, 662, ...

Scriptural Confirmations 9, 75

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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From Swedenborg's Works


The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms #192

Inner Meaning: Prophets, Psalms (Schreck 2015)      

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192. Internal Meaning of Hosea, Chapter 9

1-3 They have falsified the truths of the church, therefore the church has been destroyed, and they will be natural, abiding only in reasonings from the natural man. (3, 3)

4-5 Consequently there is no Divine worship. (3)

6 All truth and good is turned into falsity and evil. (3)

7-9 They will perish on the day of judgment. (3)

12-13 The first of them were also such, they had no understanding of truth; so also their posterity, although instructed. (3)

14-17 The posterity of these cannot but become such. (3)

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