阿摩司书7 Amos

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7:1 主耶和华指示我一件事。为王割菜(或作草)之后,菜又发生,刚发生的时候,主造蝗虫。

Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

7:2 蝗虫吃尽那地的青物,我就说,主耶和华阿,求你赦免。因为雅各微弱,他怎能站立得住呢。

And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

7:3 耶和华就后悔说,这灾可以免了。

The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

7:4 主耶和华又指示我一件事。他命火来惩罚以色列,火就吞灭深渊,险些将地烧灭。

Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

7:5 我就说,主耶和华阿,求你止息。因为雅各微弱。他怎能站立得住呢。

Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

7:6 耶和华就后悔说,这灾也可免了。

The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

7:7 他又指示我一件事。有一道墙是按准绳建筑的,主手拿准绳站在其上。

Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

7:8 耶和华对我说,阿摩司阿,你看见什么。我说,看见准绳。主说,我要吊起准绳在我民以色列中。我必不再宽恕他们。

And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

7:9 以撒的邱坛必然凄凉,以色列的圣所必然荒废。我必兴起,用刀攻击耶罗波安的家。

And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

7:10 伯特利的祭司亚玛谢打发人,到以色列王耶罗波安那里,说,阿摩司在以色列家中图谋背叛你。他所说的一切话,这国担当不起。

Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

7:11 因为阿摩司如此说,耶罗波安必被刀杀,以色列民定被掳去离开本地。

For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

7:12 亚玛谢又对阿摩司说,你这先见哪,要逃往犹大地去,在那里糊口,在那里说预言。

Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

7:13 却不要在伯特利再说预言,因为这里有王的圣所,有王的宫殿。

But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

7:14 阿摩司对亚玛谢说,我原不是先知,也不是先知的门徒(原文作儿子)。我是牧人,又是修理桑树的。

Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

7:15 耶和华选召我,使我不跟从羊群,对我说,你去向我民以色列说预言。

And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

7:16 亚玛谢阿,现在你要听耶和华的话。你说,不要向以色列说预言,也不要向以撒家滴下预言。

Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

7:17 所以耶和华如此说,你的妻子必在城中作妓女,你的儿女必倒在刀下,你的地必有人用绳子量了分取,你自己必死在污秽之地,以色列民定被掳去离开本地。

Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

阿摩司书7参考

这一章充满了异象……
7章 以下一连串的异象,是利用百姓熟悉的景像传递神的信息,包括蝗虫、火及准绳。

神要降罚,先知遂即祷告;对于我们的国家社会,我们又……
7:1-6 神两度把将要降临到以色列的惩罚,藉异象预示给阿摩司看。阿摩司即时的反应都是祈求神不降罚与以色列。祈祷是带有能力的特权;阿摩司的祷告提醒我们,要多为自己的国家祈求。
圣所不合神的准绳而荒废,我的生命若不合神的准绳……
7:7-9 准绳是用来量度墙壁是否垂直的工具;倾斜的墙最终必倒塌。神希望百姓能与他一同站立,因此,那些使我们弯曲的罪要立刻清除。神的话语就是准绳,叫我们察验自己的罪。在神的准绳以下,你的表现如何?

阿摩司明明是先知,何竟会被视为叛国者?
7:10 像阿摩司这样的先知,往往会被人看为是乱党,是卖国贼,因为他们总是针对王和王的谋士,质疑他们的权柄,揭露他们的罪行。所以,列王总会视先知为敌人,而非真心帮助他们及国家的人,也不承认先知是来自神、代表神发言的人。

亚玛谢身为祭司,竟不听神的真理,是为了一己的权位吗?我不会如他一样吧……
7:10-17 亚玛谢是伯特利的大祭司,代表以色列的官方宗教。可是,他并不关注神的信息,只在乎自己的地位是否稳固──保障一己的地位,竟然比认识真理更为重要。切勿让你自己的欲望(如对声望、权力及金钱的追求)把你捆绑在本来应该离开的工作或位置上。切勿让任何人或事物阻隔你与神的关系。

我虽不配,但我愿顺服──这是阿摩司的态度,也是我的态度吗?
7:14-15 虽然没受过特别的训练、教育或培养,阿摩司却顺服了神的呼召:“你去向我民以色列说预言”。顺服是测试神的仆人是否忠心的灵药。你是否顺服神向你所发的呼召?

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