約拿書 1

Study the Inner Meaning

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1 約拿違命耶和華的臨到亞米太的兒子約拿,說:

2 起來!到尼尼微城去,警告其中的居民,因為他們的惡行已經達到我面前。”

3 可是約拿起來,要逃往他施去,躲避耶和華;他到約帕,到了一隻要開往他施去的;他了錢,就上(“上”原文作“”),要和他們同往他施去,離開耶和華

4 但是耶和華上忽然颳起,於是中狂作,幾乎要裂了。

5 水手都很懼怕,各向自己的大聲呼求;他們為了減輕的重量,就把上的東西拋在裡,可是約拿艙,躺著熟睡了。

6 船長走到他面前,對他:“你怎麼啦!睡得那麼熟?快起來,求告你的吧!或者會記念我們,使我們不至於喪命!”

7 約拿受罰水手就彼此:“來吧!讓我們抽籤,好知道這場災禍臨到我們,是因誰的緣故。”於是他們抽籤,結果抽中了約拿

8 他們就對約拿:“請告訴我們,這場災禍臨到我們,是因誰的緣故?你是作甚麼的?你從哪裡?你是哪一國的人?哪一族的人?”

9 他回答:“我是希伯來人,我敬畏耶和華上的,就是那創造洋和陸地的。”

10 眾人就懼怕,對他:“你為甚麼這樣作呢?(“你為甚麼這樣作呢?”或譯:“你作的是甚麼呢?”)”那些人知道他躲避耶和華,原來約拿告訴了他們。

11 因為浪越來越洶湧,他們又對他:“我們該怎樣處置你,才能叫浪平靜呢?”

12 他回答:“你們把我抬起來,投在裡,浪就會平靜,因為我知道,這場風暴臨到你們,是為了我的緣故。”

13 那些人雖然破浪掙扎,要把船靠岸,卻是不能,因為浪不斷洶湧撲來。

14 他們就呼求耶和華:“耶和華啊!我們懇求你,不要因這我們喪命;不要把無辜的血歸在我們身上,因為你耶和華是照自己所喜悅的行事。”

15 於是他們把約拿抬起來,投在裡,怒濤就平息了。

16 那些人就敬畏耶和華,向他獻祭和許願。

17 耶和華卻安排了一條魚,把約拿吞下約拿就在魚腹中夜。(本節在《馬索拉抄本》為2:1)

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 211


Other references to this chapter:

天堂的奥秘 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 505

Sacred Scripture 29

真實的基督徒信仰 211


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 532, 622

Spiritual Experiences 1391

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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撒母耳記下 21:3, 14, 24:17

列王纪下 14:25

历代志下 2:15, 9:21, 28:9

以斯拉记 1:2

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詩篇 95:5, 107:25, 29, 148:8

箴言 16:33

耶利米書 5:22

以西結書 2:8

約拿書 3:1, 2, 3, 9, 4:11

那鴻書 3:19

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路加福音 22:46

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Word/Phrase Explanations

約拿
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

耶和華的
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...


'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

兒子
'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...

起來
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

尼尼微
'Nineveh' signifies the falsities of doctrinal matters, also the Gentiles, or the falsities originating in the fallacies of the senses, in the obscurity of an...


The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...


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


"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...


To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.


Ships were used in the ancient world – as they generally are now – to carry freight from nation to nation for trade. The various...


Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...


Water generally represents what Swedenborg calls “natural truth,” or true concepts about day-to-day matters and physical things. Since all water ultimately flows into the seas,...


Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...


To “break” something creates an image that is much different from “attacking,” “destroying,” or “shattering.” It is less emotional, less violent in its intent; it...


The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...


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


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...

我們
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

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

告訴
'To tell' signifies perceiving, because in the spiritual world, or in heaven, they do not need to tell what they think because they communicate every...

希伯來人
The term 'Hebrew' is used in the Word to signify anything relating to service, whatever its nature may be. Hence Abraham, in one passage only...


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...


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


To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.


The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.


 Casting Lots
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 How the Lord Saved Jonah
A retelling of the story for young children with beautiful color illustrations. 
Story | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah and the Great Fish (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah and the Great Fish (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Great Fish (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 Jonah and the Stormy Sea
Color the drawings and then follow the directions to make a 3 dimensional picture. 
Project | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah Disobeys the Lord
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah in the Great Fish
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Jonah Swallowed by a Fish
Another way to make a 3 dimensional fish that can swallow Noah. 
Project | Ages up to 6

 Jonah Thrown Overboard
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Mighty Tempest on the Sea
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Quotes: Divine Providence and Evil
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 The Prophet Jonah
This article shows how the Lord tried to teach Jonah to be merciful and kind when Jonah disobeyed the Lord because of his hatred toward the Assyrians. 
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14


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