Jonah 2

Study the Inner Meaning

Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)         

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1 (H2-2) E Giona pregò l’Eterno, il suo Dio, nel ventre del pesce, e disse:

2 (H2-3) Io ho gridato all’Eterno dal fondo della mia distretta, ed egli m’ha risposto; dalle viscere del soggiorno dei morti ho gridato, e tu hai udito la mia voce.

3 (H2-4) Tu m’hai gettato nell’abisso, nel cuore del mare; la corrente mi ha circondato e tutte le tue onde e tutti i tuoi flutti mi son passati sopra.

4 (H2-5) E io dicevo: Io son cacciato via lungi dal tuo sguardo! Come vedrei io ancora il tuo tempio santo?

5 (H2-6) Le acque m’hanno attorniato fino all’anima; l’abisso m’ha avvolto; le alghe mi si son attorcigliate al capo.

6 (H2-7) Io son disceso fino alle radici dei monti; la terra con le sue sbarre mi ha rinchiuso per sempre; ma tu hai fatto risalir la mia vita dalla fossa, o Eterno, Dio mio!

7 (H2-8) Quando l’anima mia veniva meno in me, io mi son ricordato dell’Eterno, e la mia preghiera è giunta fino a te, nel tuo tempio santo.

8 (H2-9) Quelli che onorano le vanità bugiarde abbandonano la fonte della loro grazia;

9 (H2-10) ma io t’offrirò sacrifizi, con canti di lode; adempirò i voti che ho fatto. La salvezza appartiene all’Eterno.

10 (H2-11) E l’Eterno diè l’ordine al pesce, e il pesce vomitò Giona sull’asciutto.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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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Word/Phrase Explanations

Giona
'Jonah' represents the Jewish nation.

l’eterno
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...

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

soggiorno
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.

voce
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

tempio
'A temple' represents heaven and the church. The sacred place where the ark was, represents the inmost, or third heaven, and the church among people...

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...

monti
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

terra
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...

sbarre
Bars, as in Lamentations 2:9, signify doctrinals

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...

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

 Jonah
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


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