Jonah 1

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Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)         

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1 LA parola del Signore fu indirizzata a Giona, figliuolo di Amittai, dicendo:

2 Levati, va’ in Ninive, la gran città, e predica contro ad essa; perciocchè la lor malvagità è salita nel mio cospetto.

3 Ma Giona si levò, per fuggirsene in Tarsis, dal cospetto del Signore; e scese in Iafo, ove trovò una nave, che andava in Tarsis; ed egli, pagato il nolo, vi entrò, per andarsene con la gente della nave in Tarsis, lungi dal cospetto del Signore.

4 Ma il Signore lanciò un gran vento nel mare, e vi fu una gran tempesta in mare, talchè la nave si credette rompere.

5 E i marinai temettero, e gridarono ciascuno al suo dio, e gettarono gli arredi ch’erano nella nave in mare, per alleviarsene. Or Giona era sceso nel fondo della nave, e giaceva, ed era profondamente addormentato.

6 E il nocchiero si accostò a lui, e gli disse: Che fai tu, dormitore? Levati, grida all’Iddio tuo; forse Iddio si darà pensier di noi, e non periremo.

7 Poi dissero l’uno all’altro: Venite, e tiriamo le sorti, e sappiamo chi è cagione che questo male ci è avvenuto. Trassero adunque le sorti, e la sorte cadde sopra Giona.

8 Allora essi gli dissero: Deh! dichiaraci chi è cagione che questo male ci è avvenuto; quale è il tuo mestiere? ed onde vieni? quale è il tuo paese? e di qual popolo sei?

9 Ed egli disse loro: Io sono Ebreo, e temo il Signore Iddio del cielo, che ha fatto il mare e l’asciutto.

10 E quegli uomini temettero di gran timore, e gli dissero: Che hai tu fatto? Conciossiachè quegli uomini sapessero ch’egli se ne fuggiva dal cospetto del Signore; perciocchè egli l’avea lor dichiarato.

11 Ed essi gli dissero: Che ti faremo, acciocchè il mare si acqueti, lasciandoci in riposo? conciossiachè la tempesta del mare andasse vie più crescendo.

12 Ed egli disse loro: Prendetemi, e gettatemi nel mare, e il mare si acqueterà lasciandovi in riposo; perciocchè io conosco che per cagion mia questa gran tempesta vi è sopraggiunta.

13 E quegli uomini a forza di remi si studiavano di ammainare a terra; ma non potevano, perciocchè la tempesta del mare andava vie più crescendo contro a loro.

14 Allora gridarono al Signore, e dissero: Ahi Signore! deh! non far che periamo per la vita di quest’uomo; e non metterci addosso il sangue innocente; conciossiachè tu Signore, abbi operato come ti è piaciuto.

15 E presero Giona, e lo gettarono in mare; e il mare si fermò, cessando dal suo cruccio.

16 E quegli uomini temettero di gran timore il Signore; e sacrificarono sacrificii al Signore, e votarono voti.

17 (H2-1) OR il Signore avea preparato un gran pesce, per inghiottir Giona; e Giona fu nelle interiora del pesce tre giorni, e tre notti.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 211


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 901, 1188, 1343, 1709, 2606, 2788, 4495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 505

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 29

True Christianity 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

parola
'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...

signore
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...

Giona
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

figliuolo
'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...

Ninive
'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...

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

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

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

vento
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...

mare
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,...

rompere
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...

disse
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...

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

noi
Because people are governed by angels and spirits, in Genesis 1:26 it says 'let us make man into our image.' But because the Lord alone...

sorti
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...

male
'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...

cielo
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...

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

voti
In Genesis 28:20, 'he vowed a vow' denotes, in the internal sense, willing that the Lord will provide. In the highest sense, where the Lord...

tre
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...

giorni
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...

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