Joel 3

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1 Want kyk, in dié dae en in dié tyd wanneer Ek die lot van Juda en Jerusalem verander,

2 sal Ek al die nasies versamel en hulle na die dal van Jósafat laat aftrek, om daar met hulle 'n strafgerig te hou ter wille van my volk en my erfdeel Israel wat hulle onder die nasies verstrooi het, en my land wat hulle verdeel het.

3 En oor my volk het hulle die lot gewerp en 'n jong seun weggegee vir 'n hoer en 'n meisie verkoop vir wyn en dit gedrink.

4 En ook, wat het julle met My te doen, o Tirus en Sidon en al die landstreke van Filistéa? Wil julle My iets vergelde, of wil julle My iets aandoen? Gou, ylings sal Ek julle dade op julle hoof laat neerkom.

5 Want julle het my silwer en my goud geneem en my kosbare skatte na julle tempels gebring.

6 Verder het julle die kinders van Juda en die kinders van Jerusalem aan die kinders van Jawan verkoop, om hulle ver van hul grondgebied te verwyder.

7 Kyk, Ek sal hulle laat opstaan uit die plek waarheen julle hulle verkoop het, en julle dade op julle hoof laat neerkom.

8 En Ek sal julle seuns en julle dogters aan die kinders van Juda verkoop, en dié sal hulle verkoop aan die Sabeërs, aan 'n verafgeleë volk want die HERE het dit gespreek.

9 Roep dit uit onder die nasies, heilig 'n oorlog! Wek die helde op, laat al die krygsmanne nader kom, opruk!

10 Smee van julle pikke swaarde en van julle snoeimesse spiese; laat die swakke : Ek is 'n held.

11 Haas julle en kom aan, alle nasies rondom, en versamel julle. Laat u helde, HERE, daarheen aftrek!

12 Die nasies moet hulle klaarmaak en optrek na die dal van Jósafat; want daar sal Ek sit om gerig te hou oor al die nasies rondom.

13 Steek die sekel in, want die oes is ryp! Kom trap, want die parskuip is vol, die kuipe loop oor! Want hulle boosheid is groot.

14 Menigtes, menigtes in die dal van beslissing, want naby is die dag van die HERE in die dal van beslissing!

15 Die son en die maan word duister, en die sterre trek hulle glans in.

16 En die HERE brul uit Sion, en uit Jerusalem verhef Hy sy stem, sodat hemel en aarde bewe. Maar die HERE sal 'n toevlug wees vir sy volk en 'n skuilplek vir die kinders van Israel.

17 Dan sal julle weet dat Ek die HERE julle God is, wat woon op Sion, my heilige berg; dan sal Jerusalem 'n heiligdom wees waar geen vreemdes meer deur sal trek nie.

18 En op dié dag sal die berge drup van mos en die heuwels vloei van melk en al die spruitjies van Juda stroom van water; en uit die huis van die HERE sal daar 'n fontein uitkom om die dal Sittim te besproei.

19 Egipte sal 'n woesteny word, en Edom 'n woeste wildernis wees, weens die geweld wat hulle die kinders van Juda aangedoen het, dat hulle onskuldige bloed in hul land vergiet het.

20 Maar Juda sal vir ewig bly, en Jerusalem van geslag tot geslag.

21 En Ek sal hulle bloed onskuldig verklaar, wat Ek tevore nie onskuldig verklaar het nie; en die HERE sal op Sion bly woon.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 7051

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 200


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 1151, 1197, 1201, 1551, 1808, 2184, 2495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 37, 51, 53, 312, 316, 336, 350, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 78, 100

The Lord 4, 64

Sacred Scripture 14, 51

Heaven and Hell 119

True Christianity 82, 198, 620, 689, 782, 789


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 72, 119, 242, 261, 372, 376, 401, ...

Canons of the New Church 27

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 55

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

tyd
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

Juda
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

Jerusalem
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...

nasies
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...

Jósafat
In the Bible, King Jehoshaphat of Judah is mentioned in the first Book of Kings, in Chapters 21 and 22. He comes to the throne...

Israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

seun
A boy (Gen. 18:7) signifies the natural man, and consequently, him who ministers and administers. Boy (Gen. 22:3) signifies the Lord's former rational principle merely...

hoer
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.

verkoop
'To sell,' as in Genesis 41:56, means transferring to another as their own, because what is sold becomes the property of the one who buys...

wyn
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...

gedrink
To be drunken without wine (Isa. 29:9), are they who are unconcerned about the Word, and the truths of faith, and thus have no inclination...

Tirus
'Tyre,' as in Ezekiel 27:13-14, represents people with knowledge of celestial and spiritual things.

Filistéa
'Palestina,' as in Exodus 15:14, signifies the same thing as Philisthea.

silwer
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

goud
'Money' relates to truth.

kinders
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

Jawan
Grecians signify the gentiles who are in falsities.

plek
'A dry place,' as in Luke 11:24, signifies states of evil and falsity which are in the life of someone who does the work of...

seuns
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

dogters
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

HERE
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

roep
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.

heilig
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.

oorlog
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

helde
Mighty,' as in Revelation 19:18, signify people who are educated about doctrine derived from the Word. By extension, 'mighty' signifies education or learning derived from...

nader
'Nigh' denotes truth in affinity with good.

swaarde
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

snoeimesse
'Ploughshares,; as in Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3, signify the goods of the church which are perfected, or set forth by truths.

spiese
'A lancet' signifies truth.


As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

kom
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

laat
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...

sit
If you think about sitting, it seems fair to say that where you're sitting is more important than that you're sitting. Sitting in a movie...

oes
'A harvest' symbolizes the state of the church with respect to Divine truth. The reason is that a harvest yields the grain used to make...

ryp
'To ripen,' as in Genesis 40:10, denotes the progress of the rebirth, or regeneration, particularly the conjunction of truth and good.

boosheid
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

dag
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

son
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

maan
'The moon' signifies the Lord in reference to faith, and thus faith in the Lord. 'The moon' signifies spiritual good or truth. 'The moon' signifies...

sterre
'Stars' signify the knowledge of truth and good. 'Stars' are frequently mentioned in the Word, and always signify goods and truths, but in an opposite...

stem
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

hemel
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...

aarde
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

bewe
'To tremble,' as in Jeremiah 10:10, relates to the church when falsities are believed and called truths.

weet
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

God
The Lord is love itself, expressed in the form of wisdom itself. Love, then, is His essence, His inmost. Wisdom - the loving understanding of...

berg
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

heiligdom
'Sanctuary' signifies the truth of heaven and the church. 'Sanctuary,' as in Ezekiel 24:21, signifies the Word.

melk
Water represents true ideas about day-to-day life, and other drinks and liquids in general represent different forms of truth. Milk is a drink that contains...

stroom
A 'stream' signifies aspects of intelligence.

water
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

huis
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

fontein
A fountain signifies the Lord and the Word. A fountain signifies superior truth, and well, inferior truth. A fountain, as in Psalm 104:10, denotes knowledges....

Egipte
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

Edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

geweld
'Violence' signifies the outrage done to charity and the destruction of charity and faith. 'Violence,' as in Jeremiah 15:21, signifies falsities which assault the good...

bloed
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

vir ewig
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

bly
'To tarry,' as in Genesis 27:44, signifies almost the same thing as 'to dwell,' except that 'to tarry' relates to the life of truth with...

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