Jona 2

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German: Luther (1545)         

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1 Und Jona betete zudem HERRN, seinem Gott, im Leibe des Fisches

2 und sprach: Ich rief zu dem HERRN in meiner Angst, und er antwortete mir ich schrie aus dem Bauch der Hölle, und du höretest meine Stimme.

3 Du warfst mich in die Tiefe mitten im Meer, daß die Fluten mich umgaben; alle deine Wogen und Wellen gingen über mich,

4 daß ich gedachte, ich wäre von deinen Augen verstoßen, ich würde deinen heiligen Tempel nicht mehr sehen.

5 Wasser umgaben mich bis an mein Leben; die Tiefe umringete mich; Schilf bedeckte mein Haupt.

6 Ich sank hinunter zu der Berge Gründen; die Erde hatte mich verriegelt ewiglich. Aber du hast mein Leben aus dem Verderben geführet, HERR, mein Gott!

7 Da meine Seele bei mir verzagte, gedachte ich an den HERRN; und mein Gebet kam zu dir in deinen heiligen Tempel.

8 Die da halten über dem Nichtigen, verlassen ihre Gnade.

9 Ich aber will mit Dank opfern; meine Gelübde will ich bezahlen dem HERRN, daß er mir geholfen hat.

10 Und der HERR sprach zum Fisch, und derselbe speiete Jona aus ans Land.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 212

Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 247, 756, 1691, 3880, 4728, 6726, 8278, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 191

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 220, 518, 538, 622, 750

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

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Resources for parents and teachers

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

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 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

 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