Joel 1

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Spanish: Reina Valera (1909)         

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1 PALABRA de Jehová que fué á Joel hijo de Pethuel.

2 Oid esto, viejos, y escuchad, todos los moradores de la tierra. ¿Ha acontecido esto en vuestros días, ó en los días de vuestros padres?

3 De esto contaréis á vuestros hijos, y vuestros hijos á sus hijos, y su hijos á la otra generación.

4 Lo que quedó de la oruga comió la langosta, y lo que quedó de la langosta comió el pulgón; y el revoltón comió lo que del pulgón había quedado.

5 Despertad, borrachos, y llorad; aullad todos los que bebéis vino, á causa del mosto, porque os es quitado de vuestra boca.

6 Porque gente subió á mi tierra, fuerte y sin número; sus dientes, dientes de león, y sus muelas, de león.

7 Asoló mi vid, y descortezó mi higuera: del todo la desnudó y derribó: sus ramas quedaron blancas.

8 Llora tú como moza vestida de saco por el marido de su juventud.

9 Pereció el presente y la libación de la casa de Jehová: los sacerdotes ministros de Jehová hicieron luto.

10 El campo fué destruído, enlutóse la tierra; porque el trigo fué destuído, se secó el mosto, perdióse el aceite.

11 Confundíos, labradores, aullad, viñeros, por el trigo y la cebada; porque se perdió la mies del campo.

12 Secóse la vid, y pereció la higuera, el granado también, la palma, y el manzano; secáronse todos los árboles del campo; por lo cual se secó el gozo de los hijos de los hombres.

13 Ceñíos y lamentad, sacerdotes; aullad, ministros del altar; venid, dormid en sacos, ministros de mi Dios: porque quitado es de la casa de vuestro Dios el presente y la libación.

14 Pregonad ayuno, llamad á congregación; congregad los ancianos y todos los moradores de la tierra en la casa de Jehová vuestro Dios, y clamad á Jehová.

15 Ay del día! porque cercano está el día de Jehová, y vendrá como destrucción por el Todopoderoso.

16 ¿No es quitado el mantenimiento de delante de nuestros ojos, la alegría y el placer de la casa de nuestro Dios?

17 El grano se pudrió debajo de sus terrones, los bastimentos fueron asolados, los alfolíes destruídos; porque se secó el trigo.

18 Cuánto gimieron las bestias! ­cuán turbados anduvieron los hatos de los bueyes, porque no tuvieron pastos! también fueron asolados los rebaños de las ovejas.

19 A ti, oh Jehová, clamaré: porque fuego consumió los pastos del desierto, y llama abrasó todos los árboles del campo.

20 Las bestias del campo bramarán también á ti; porque se secaron los arroyos de las aguas, y fuego consumió las praderías del desierto.

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Chapter summary

Explanation of Joel 1 - Revised      

Joel Chapter 1, the Internal Sense.
From Swedenborg's work, "The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms"

(Verse 1) The Word has been perverted by false worship,

(2) when instead the Word should have been obeyed by everyone in the Church,

(3) and communicated to everyone who holds false beliefs that arise from evil loves.

(4) Instead, the spiritual things of the Church have been destroyed by sensualism.

(5) Now, remorse should be awakened, because of this loss of faith,

(6) a faith which has been destroyed by the lust of worshipping false gods,

(7) depriving the Church of spiritual truth and good.

(8) The Church should return to the Lord

(9) with inward mourning and contrition

(10) over the loss of good and truth in the natural and spiritual man -

(11) especially people who seek the good of the Church and who desire its genuine doctrine: for the Church is about to perish.

(12) Spiritual truth, its good, its knowledge, and its delights, which constitute the Church, are perverted.

(13) Only by repentance can communion with the Lord be renewed.

(14) The Church can only remove the evil and falsity by acknowledging and worshipping the Lord,

(15) for the end of the Church is near, when it will be judged.

(16) Good works are not being done, nor are there any people who delight in spiritual things.

(17) Natural good has been subordinated to evil, and the truth and good of the Word are rejected.

(18) Wherefore there is no good in the Church,

(19) and our hearts must be turned again to the Lord: for the love of self has corrupted all things in the church.

(20) Although truth is desired, it has been misappropriated to ourselves.

From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 2606, 10325

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 198


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 368, 488, 566, 1072, 1992, 2708, 3580, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 241, 315, 316, 334, 424, 435, 492, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4

Sacred Scripture 87

La Verdadera Religión Cristiana 82, 252


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 109, 278, 374, 375, 376, 403, 458, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56, 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 55

Other New Christian Commentary

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