Jeremiah 41

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Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)         

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1 E il settimo mese, Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, figliuolo di Elishama della stirpe reale e uno dei grandi del re, venne con dieci uomini, da Ghedalia, figliuolo di Ahikam, a Mitspa; e quivi, a Mitspa, mangiarono assieme.

2 Poi Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, si levò coi dieci uomini ch’eran con lui, e colpirono con la spada Ghedalia, figliuolo di Ahikam, figliuolo di Shafam. Così fecero morire colui che il re di Babilonia aveva stabilito sul paese.

3 Ismael uccise pure tutti i Giudei ch’erano con Ghedalia a Mitspa, e i Caldei, uomini di guerra, che si trovavan quivi.

4 Il giorno dopo ch’egli ebbe ucciso Ghedalia, prima che alcuno ne sapesse nulla,

5 giunsero da Sichem, da Sciloh e da Samaria, ottanta uomini che avevano la barba rasa, le vesti stracciate e delle incisioni sul corpo; e avevano in mano delle offerte e dell’incenso per presentarli nella casa dell’Eterno.

6 E Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, uscì loro incontro da Mitspa; e, camminando, piangeva; e come li ebbe incontrati, disse loro: "Venite da Ghedalia, figliuolo di Ahikam".

7 E quando furono entrati in mezzo alla città, Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, assieme agli uomini che aveva seco, li scannò e li gettò nella cisterna.

8 Or fra quelli, ci furon dieci uomini, che dissero a Ismael: "Non ci uccidere, perché abbiamo nei campi delle provviste nascoste di grano, d’orzo, d’olio e di miele". Allora egli si trattenne, e non li mise a morte coi loro fratelli.

9 Or la cisterna nella quale Ismael gettò tutti i cadaveri degli uomini ch’egli uccise con Ghedalia, è quella che il re Asa aveva fatta fare per tema di Baasa, re d’Israele; e Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, la riempì di uccisi.

10 Poi Ismael menò via prigionieri tutto il rimanente del popolo che si trovava a Mitspa: le figliuole del re, e tutto il popolo ch’era rimasto a Mitspa, e sul quale Nebuzaradan, capo delle guardie, aveva stabilito Ghedalia, figliuolo di Ahikam; Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, li menò via prigionieri, e partì per recarsi dagli Ammoniti.

11 Ma quando Johanan, figliuolo di Kareah, e tutti i capi delle forze ch’eran con lui furono informati di tutto il male che Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, aveva fatto,

12 presero tutti gli uomini, e andarono a combattere contro Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania; e lo trovarono presso le grandi acque che sono a Gabaon.

13 E quando tutto il popolo ch’era con Ismael vide Johanan, figliuolo di Kareah, e tutti i capi delle forze ch’erano con lui, si rallegrò;

14 e tutto il popolo che Ismael aveva menato prigioniero da Mitspa fece voltafaccia, e andò a unirsi a Johanan, figliuolo di Kareah.

15 Ma Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, scampò con otto uomini d’innanzi a Johanan, e se ne andò fra gli Ammoniti.

16 E Johanan, figliuolo di Kareah, e tutti i capi delle forze ch’erano con lui, presero tutto il rimanente del popolo, che Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, aveva menati via da Mitspa, dopo ch’egli ebbe ucciso Ghedalia, figliuolo d’Ahikam: uomini, gente di guerra, donne, fanciulli, eunuchi; e li ricondussero da Gabaon;

17 e partirono, e si fermarono a Geruth-Kimham presso Bethlehem, per poi continuare e recarsi in Egitto,

18 a motivo de’ Caldei dei quali avevano paura, perché Ismael, figliuolo di Nethania, aveva ucciso Ghedalia figliuolo di Ahikam, che il re di Babilonia aveva stabilito sul paese.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 107


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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 374, 1029

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Word/Phrase Explanations

mese
'A month' has respect to the state of truth in a person. 'A month' signifies a full state. Month,' as in Genesis 29, signifies the...

ismael
'Ishmael' represents the first rationality pertaining to the Lord. 'Ishmael' signifies rationality separate from good. 'Ishmael' signifies the Lord's merely human rational. Ishmael, in Genesis...

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...

re
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

dieci
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...

spada
A 'sword,' in the Word, signifies the truth of faith combating and the vastation of truth. In an opposite sense, it signifies falsity combating and...

morire
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

Babilonia
Babylon was an ancient city built on the Euphrates river in what is now southern Iraq. It once was the capital of a great empire...

Caldei
Chaldea was a land lying along the Euphrates river near its mouth, south of Babylon, part of what is now southern Iraq. It was a...

guerra
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

giorno
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...

Sichem
'Sichem' or 'Shechem' means the celestial aspects of love.

Sciloh
The word "Shiloh" means "peacemaker", or just "peace". Peace on earth was, and is, one of the Lord's main goals in being born into the...

Samaria
'Samaria,' as in Amos 4:1. 6:1, signifies the spiritual church perverted.

ottanta
Swedenborg tells us that 80, like 40, can represent a state of temptation, when we face and battle our desires for evil – and that...

uomini
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

vesti
It is said, in Deuteronomy 22:11, "Thou shalt not wear a garment of diverse sorts; as of woolen and linen together…”. This means that the...

mano
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

casa
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

incontro
In natural language, to "meet" someone can be positive or negative: it can be a welcoming and greeting, or it can be "meeting" them in...

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...

mezzo
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.

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

cisterna
Broken cisterns (Jer. 2:13) signify false doctrines.

Grano
As the finest of the grains, wheat fittingly represents the finest of spiritual food, what Swedenborg calls "the good of love and charity" – which...

olio
Oil – typically olive oil – was an extremely important product in Biblical times, for food preparation, medicinal ointment and for burning in lamps. As...

miele
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...

fratelli
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

israele
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

figliuole
"Behold I have two daughters,” etc. (Gen. 19:8), signifies the affections of good and truth, and the blessedness perceivable from the enjoyment thereof, by those...

guardie
‘To guard,’ when used as in Genesis 41:35, denotes ‘to store up.’ ‘Guards,’ as in Genesis 37:36, signify things that minister.

ammoniti
The children of Ammon ('Jeremiah 49:1'), signify those who falsify the truths of the Word, and of the church.

forze
Forces denote the power of truth.

il male
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

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...

acque
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

gabaon
sun standing still upon Gibeon signifies total vastation of the church.

otto
According to Swedenborg, the number eight represents something that is complete within itself, in every respect. Two reasons are offered for this. First, eight is...

dopo
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

donne
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...

eunuchi
A eunuch (Isaiah 56:3, 5) denotes the natural man as to good, and the son of the stranger denotes the natural man as to truth;...

bethlehem
There is a strong relationship between Ephrath and Bethlehem in the Bible; they might be two different names for the same town, or it’s possible...

Egitto
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

paura
The fearful signify people who have no faith.

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