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Amos 6:9


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9 Ir jei liks dešimt žmonių vienuose namuose, jie mirs!

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Exploring the Meaning of Amos 6      

By Helen Kennedy

Woe is called upon people who seem to live a life of ease and fill it with pleasures -- for example, those who “eat lambs from the flock.” (Amos 6:4)

Using the significations mentioned elsewhere in Swedenborg’s works, this could mean “those who attribute innocence (the lamb) to themselves,” or think they are blameless when they have actually sinned.

Also, to ask, “Do horses run on rocks?”(Amos 6:12) is a great image for when our understanding is filled with only literal or external truths but doesn’t delve into deeper ones that show the Lord’s leading more clearly.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 206

Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 576

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 675

Word/Phrase Explanations

Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...




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Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get from the Lord in life; the ten horns on the beast of Revelation represent all power of falsity; the ten virgins with lamps in Matthew 25 represent all people of the church.

Yet in other places Swedenborg identifies ten, and especially a “tenth,” as representing remnants, or the tiniest scraps of goodness preserved for the future. These can be the remnants of a church - a few good people that can be built up into a new church. Or they can be tiny subconscious memories of love and joy which the Lord stores in each of us in early childhood, feelings He can use later to draw us toward a life of goodness and affection.

These two meanings seem nearly opposite, but they're not. That's because love is whole and indivisible, so that the tiniest feeling buried inside someone contains all elements of the love it can become. In a similar way, a remnant of a church that has preserved that church's knowledge has everything it needs to grow into a new church. In a sense, then, those remnants are indeed “all,” they're just a version of “all” that is still in a state of potential.

(References: Apocalypse Revealed 101, 570; Arcana Coelestia 576, 1738, 3048, 5291, 10688; Matthew 25:1; The Apocalypse Explained 675 [5-20], 1069)