Jonah 3

Study the Inner Meaning

Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)         

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1 E LA parola del Signore fu indirizzata a Giona, la seconda volta, dicendo:

2 Levati, va’ in Ninive, la gran città, e predicale la predicazione che io ti dichiaro.

3 E Giona si levò, e se ne andò in Ninive, secondo la parola del Signore. Or Ninive era una grandissima città, di tre giornate di cammino.

4 E Giona cominciò ad andar per la città il cammino d’una giornata, e predicò, e disse: Infra quaranta giorni Ninive sarà sovvertita.

5 E i Niniviti credettero a Dio, e bandirono il digiuno, e si vestirono di sacchi, dal maggiore fino al minor di loro.

6 Anzi, essendo quella parola pervenuta al re di Ninive, egli si levò su dal suo trono, e si tolse d’addosso il suo ammanto, e si coperse di un sacco, e si pose a sedere in su la cenere.

7 E fece andare una grida, e dire in Ninive: Per decreto del re, e de’ suoi grandi, vi si fa assapere, che nè uomo, nè bestia, nè minuto, nè grosso bestiame, non assaggi nulla, e non pasturi, e non beva acqua;

8 e che si coprano di sacchi gli uomini, e le bestie; e che si gridi di forza a Dio; e che ciascuno si converta dalla sua via malvagia, e dalla violenza ch’è nelle sue mani.

9 Chi sa se Iddio si rivolgerà, e si pentirà, e si storrà dall’ardor della sua ira; sì che noi non periamo?

10 E Iddio vide le loro opere; come si erano convertiti dalla lor via malvagia; ed egli si pentì del male, ch’egli avea detto di far loro, e non lo fece.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 213


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 588, 623, 4779, 7520, 7523, 9437, 9723, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 166, 337, 492, 567

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 51

True Christian Religion 226


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 195, 408, 637, 650

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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Isaiah 1:16, 58:6

Jeremiah 1:7, 17, 6:26, 18:7, 28:8, 42:10

Joel 2:13, 14

Amos 5:15, 7:3, 6

Jonah 1:1, 2, 15, 4:2

Zephaniah 2:3

Matthew 11:21, 12:41

Luke 11:32

Word/Phrase Explanations

Giona
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

Ninive
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quaranta
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cenere
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Iddio
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Resources for parents and teachers

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 Beauty for Ashes
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A retelling of the story for young children with beautiful color illustrations. 
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 Jonah
Article | Ages 15 - 17

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

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Teaching Support | Ages over 3

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

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

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

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

 Jonah Goes to Nineveh
Worship Talk | 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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