Jonah 3

Study the Inner Meaning

Italian: Riveduta Bible (1927)         

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1 E la parola dell’Eterno fu rivolta a Giona per la seconda volta, in questi termini:

2 "Lèvati, va’ a Ninive, la gran città e proclamale quello che io ti comando".

3 E Giona si levò, e andò a Ninive, secondo la parola dell’Eterno. Or Ninive era una grande città dinanzi a Dio, di tre giornate di cammino.

4 E Giona cominciò a inoltrarsi nella città per il cammino di una giornata, e predicava e diceva: "Ancora quaranta giorni, e Ninive sarà distrutta!"

5 E i Niniviti credettero a Dio, bandirono un digiuno, e si vestirono di sacchi, dai più grandi ai più piccoli.

6 Ed essendo la notizia giunta al re di Ninive, questi s’alzò dal trono, si tolse di dosso il manto, si coprì d’un sacco, e si mise a sedere sulla cenere.

7 E per decreto del re e dei suoi grandi, fu pubblicato in Ninive un bando di questo tenore: "Uomini e bestie, armenti e greggi, non assaggino nulla; non si pascano e non bevano acqua;

8 uomini e bestie si coprano di sacchi e gridino con forza a Dio; e ognuno si converta dalla sua via malvagia, e dalla violenza perpetrata dalle sue mani.

9 Chi sa che Dio non si volga, non si penta, e non acqueti l’ardente sua ira, sì che noi non periamo".

10 E Dio vide quel che facevano, vide che si convertivano dalla loro via malvagia, e si pentì del male che avea parlato 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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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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Word/Phrase Explanations

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quaranta
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cenere
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Resources for parents and teachers

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 Beauty for Ashes
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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)
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 Jonah and the Great Fish
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
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 Jonah Goes to Nineveh
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 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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