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Hosea 4

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1 שמעו דבר יהוה בני ישראל כי ריב ליהוה עם יושבי הארץ כי אין אמת ואין חסד ואין דעת אלהים בארץ׃

2 אלה וכחש ורצח וגנב ונאף פרצו ודמים בדמים נגעו׃

3 על כן תאבל הארץ ואמלל כל יושב בה בחית השדה ובעוף השמים וגם דגי הים יאספו׃

4 אך איש אל ירב ואל יוכח איש ועמך כמריבי כהן׃

5 וכשלת היום וכשל גם נביא עמך לילה ודמיתי אמך׃

6 נדמו עמי מבלי הדעת כי אתה הדעת מאסת ואמאסאך מכהן לי ותשכח תורת אלהיך אשכח בניך גם אני׃

7 כרבם כן חטאו לי כבודם בקלון אמיר׃

8 חטאת עמי יאכלו ואל עונם ישאו נפשו׃

9 והיה כעם ככהן ופקדתי עליו דרכיו ומעלליו אשיב לו׃

10 ואכלו ולא ישבעו הזנו ולא יפרצו כי את יהוה עזבו לשמר׃

11 זנות ויין ותירוש יקח לב׃

12 עמי בעצו ישאל ומקלו יגיד לו כי רוח זנונים התעה ויזנו מתחת אלהיהם׃

13 על ראשי ההרים יזבחו ועל הגבעות יקטרו תחת אלון ולבנה ואלה כי טוב צלה על כן תזנינה בנותיכם וכלותיכם תנאפנה׃

14 לא אפקוד על בנותיכם כי תזנינה ועל כלותיכם כי תנאפנה כי הם עם הזנות יפרדו ועם הקדשות יזבחו ועם לא יבין ילבט׃

15 אם זנה אתה ישראל אל יאשם יהודה ואל תבאו הגלגל ואל תעלו בית און ואל תשבעו חי יהוה׃

16 כי כפרה סררה סרר ישראל עתה ירעם יהוה ככבש במרחב׃

17 חבור עצבים אפרים הנח לו׃

18 סר סבאם הזנה הזנו אהבו הבו קלון מגניה׃

19 צרר רוח אותה בכנפיה ויבשו מזבחותם׃

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 187

Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 374, 627, 643, 991, 1613, 2466, 3122, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 134, 290, 316, 405, 485, 567, 721, ...

The Lord 48

Sacred Scripture 79

Doctrine of Life 2, 79

Heaven and Hell 471

True Christian Religion 156, 314, 376, 440, 643

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 79, 98, 141, 250, 283, 324, 342, ...

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Michah 3:5

Hebrew: Modern     

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5 כה אמר יהוה על הנביאים המתעים את עמי הנשכים בשניהם וקראו שלום ואשר לא יתן על פיהם וקדשו עליו מלחמה׃

   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 217

Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 2353

Apocalypse Revealed 53, 435

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 401, 556

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 57

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Mishlei 28:21

Yishevah 3:12

Yeremiyah 6:4, 14

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