Jonah 1

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1 En het woord des HEEREN geschiedde tot Jona, den zoon van Amitthai, zeggende:

2 Maak u op, ga naar de grote stad Nineve, en predik tegen haar; want hunlieder boosheid is opgeklommen voor Mijn aangezicht.

3 Maar Jona maakte zich op om te vluchten naar Tarsis, van het aangezicht des HEEREN; en hij kwam af te Jafo, en vond een schip, gaande naar Tarsis, en hij gaf de vracht daarvan, en ging neder in hetzelve, om met henlieden te gaan naar Tarsis, van het aan gezicht des HEEREN.

4 Maar de HEERE wierp een groten wind op de zee; en er werd een grote storm in de zee, zodat het schip dacht te breken.

5 Toen vreesden de zeelieden, en riepen een iegelijk tot zijn god, en wierpen de vaten, die in het schip waren, in de zee, om het van dezelve te verlichten; maar Jona was nedergegaan aan de zijden van het schip, en lag neder, en was met een diepen slaap bevangen.

6 En de opperschipper naderde tot hem, en zeide tot hem: Wat is u, gij hardslapende? Sta op, roep tot uw God, misschien zal die God aan ons gedenken, dat wij niet vergaan.

7 Voorts zeiden zij, een ieder tot zijn metgezel: Komt, en laat ons loten werpen, opdat wij mogen weten, om wiens wil ons dit kwaad overkomt. Alzo wierpen zij loten, en het lot viel op Jona.

8 Toen zeiden zij tot hem: Verklaar ons nu, om wiens wil ons dit kwaad overkomt. Wat is uw werk en van waar komt gij? Welk is uw land en van welk volk zijt gij?

9 En hij zeide tot hen: Ik ben een Hebreer; en ik vreze den HEERE, den God des hemels, Die de zee en het droge gemaakt heeft.

10 Toen vreesden die mannen met grote vreze, en zeiden tot hem: Wat hebt gij dit gedaan? Want de mannen wisten, dat hij van des HEEREN aangezicht vlood; want hij had het hun te kennen gegeven.

11 Voorts zeiden zij tot hem: Wat zullen wij u doen, opdat de zee stil worde van ons? Want de zee werd hoe langer hoe onstuimiger.

12 En hij zeide tot hen: Neemt mij op, en werpt mij in de zee, zo zal de zee stil worden van ulieden; want ik weet, dat deze grote storm ulieden om mijnentwil over komt.

13 Maar de mannen roeiden, om het schip weder te brengen aan het droge, doch zij konden niet; want de zee werd hoe langer hoe onstuimiger tegen hen.

14 Toen riepen zij tot den HEERE, en zeiden: Och HEERE! laat ons toch niet vergaan om dezes mans ziel, en leg geen onschuldig bloed op ons; want Gij, HEERE! hebt gedaan, gelijk als het U heeft behaagd.

15 En zij namen Jona op, en wierpen hem in de zee. Toen stond de zee stil van haar verbolgenheid.

16 Dies vreesden de mannen den HEERE met grote vreeze; en zij slachtten den HEERE slachtoffer, en beloofden geloften.

17 De HEERE nu beschikte een groten vis, om Jona in te slokken; en Jona was in het ingewand van den vis, drie dagen en drie nachten.

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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:

De hemelse Verborgenheden die in de Heilige Schrift of het Woord van de Heer 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 505

Leer over de Gewijde Schrift 29

Ware Christelijke Religie 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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Word/Phrase Explanations

woord
'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...

heeren
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...

Jona
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

zoon
'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...

stad
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

Nineve
'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...

gezicht
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

kwam
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

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

Wind
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...

zee
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,...

breken
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...

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...

zijden
'Sides' signify the interior or middle between the inmost and the extremes. The word 'rib' is used to mean sides, they denote truths, but sides...

zeide
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...

sta op
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...

ons
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metgezel
In the Bible, there is a careful distinction between the word “brother” and the word “companion” or “friend.” That’s partly because the people of Israel...

loten
On the most internal level, the stories of Abraham tell us about the Lord's development in his own childhood, with Abraham representing the Lord's spiritual...

kwaad
'To hurt,' as mentioned in Revelation 6:6, signifies violation and profanation. 'To hurt' as mentioned in Revelation 9:4, signifies perverting the truths and goods of...

viel
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

werk
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...

Land
Land' in the Word, denotes the church, for the things which signify the church also signify the things relating to the church, for these constitute...

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...

ziel
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...

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

stond
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geloften
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drie
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dagen
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