Joel 1

Study the Inner Meaning

Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)         

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1 La parola del Signore, la quale fu indirizzata a Gioele, figliuolo di Petuel.

2 UDITE questo, o vecchi; e voi, tutti gli abitanti del paese, porgete l’orecchio. Avvenne egli mai a’ dì vostri, o mai a’ dì de’ padri vostri, una cotal cosa?

3 Raccontatela a’ vostri figliuoli; e raccontinla i vostri figliuoli a’ lor figliuoli, e i lor figliuoli alla generazione seguente.

4 La locusta ha mangiato il rimanente della ruca, e il bruco ha mangiato il rimanente della locusta, e il grillo ha mangiato il rimanente del bruco.

5 Destatevi, ubbriachi, e piangete; e voi bevitori di vino tutti, urlate per lo mosto; perciocchè egli vi è del tutto tolto di bocca.

6 Perciocchè è salita contro al mio paese, una nazione possente e innumerabile; i suoi denti son denti di leone, ed ha de’ mascellari di fiero leone.

7 Ha deserte le mie viti, e scorzati i miei fichi: li ha del tutto spogliati, e lasciati in abbandono; i lor rami son divenuti tutti bianchi.

8 Lamentati, come una vergine cinta di un sacco per lo marito della sua fanciullezza.

9 L’offerta di panatica, e da spandere, è del tutto mancata nella Casa del Signore; i sacerdoti, ministri del Signore, fanno cordoglio.

10 I campi son guasti, la terra fa cordoglio; perciocchè il frumento è stato guasto, il mosto è seccato, l’olio è venuto meno.

11 Lavoratori, siate confusi; urlate, vignaiuoli, per lo frumento, e per l’orzo; perciocchè la ricolta de’ campi è perita.

12 La vite è seccata, e il fico langue; il melagrano, ed anche la palma, e il melo, e tutti gli altri alberi della campagna son secchi; certo la letizia è seccata d’infra i figliuoli degli uomini.

13 Cingetevi di sacchi, e piangete, o sacerdoti; urlate, ministri dell’altare; venite, passate la notte in sacchi, ministri dell’Iddio mio; perciocchè l’offerta di panatica, e da spandere, è divietata dalla Casa dell’Iddio vostro.

14 Santificate il digiuno, bandite la solenne raunanza, radunate gli anziani, e tutti gli abitanti del paese, nella Casa del Signore Iddio vostro, e gridate al Signore:

15 Ahi lasso! l’orribil giorno! perciocchè il giorno del Signore è vicino, e verrà come un guasto fatto dall’Onnipotente.

16 Non è il cibo del tutto riciso d’innanzi agli occhi nostri? la letizia, e la gioia non è ella recisa dalla Casa dell’Iddio nostro?

17 Le granella son marcite sotto alle loro zolle; le conserve son deserte, i granai son distrutti; perciocchè il frumento è perito per la siccità.

18 Quanto hanno sospirato le bestie! e quanto sono state perplesse le mandre de’ buoi, perciocchè non vi è alcun pasco per loro! anche le gregge delle pecore sono state desolate.

19 O Signore, io grido a te; perciocchè il fuoco ha consumati i paschi del deserto, e la fiamma ha divampati tutti gli alberi della campagna.

20 Anche le bestie della campagna hanno agognato dietro a te; perciocchè i rivi delle acque son seccati, e il fuoco ha consumati i paschi del deserto.

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Chapter summary

Explanation of Joel 1 - Revised      

Joel Chapter 1, the Internal Sense.
From Swedenborg's work, "The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms"

(Verse 1) The Word has been perverted by false worship,

(2) when instead the Word should have been obeyed by everyone in the Church,

(3) and communicated to everyone who holds false beliefs that arise from evil loves.

(4) Instead, the spiritual things of the Church have been destroyed by sensualism.

(5) Now, remorse should be awakened, because of this loss of faith,

(6) a faith which has been destroyed by the lust of worshipping false gods,

(7) depriving the Church of spiritual truth and good.

(8) The Church should return to the Lord

(9) with inward mourning and contrition

(10) over the loss of good and truth in the natural and spiritual man -

(11) especially people who seek the good of the Church and who desire its genuine doctrine: for the Church is about to perish.

(12) Spiritual truth, its good, its knowledge, and its delights, which constitute the Church, are perverted.

(13) Only by repentance can communion with the Lord be renewed.

(14) The Church can only remove the evil and falsity by acknowledging and worshipping the Lord,

(15) for the end of the Church is near, when it will be judged.

(16) Good works are not being done, nor are there any people who delight in spiritual things.

(17) Natural good has been subordinated to evil, and the truth and good of the Word are rejected.

(18) Wherefore there is no good in the Church,

(19) and our hearts must be turned again to the Lord: for the love of self has corrupted all things in the church.

(20) Although truth is desired, it has been misappropriated to ourselves.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 198


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 368, 488, 566, 1072, 1992, 2708, 3580, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 241, 315, 316, 334, 424, 435, 492, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 87

True Christian Religion 82, 252


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 109, 278, 374, 375, 376, 403, 458, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56, 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 55

Other New Christian Commentary

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