Joel 3

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Spanish: Reina Valera (1909)         

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1 PORQUE he aquí que en aquellos días, y en aquel tiempo en que haré tornar la cautividad de Judá y de Jerusalem,

2 Juntaré todas las gentes, y harélas descender al valle de Josaphat, y allí entraré en juicio con ellos á causa de mi pueblo, y de Israel mi heredad, á los cuales esparcieron entre las naciones, y partieron mi tierra:

3 Y echaron suertes sobre mi pueblo, y á los niños dieron por una ramera, y vendieron las niñas por vino para beber.

4 Y también, ¿qué tengo yo con vosotras, Tiro y Sidón, y todos los términos de Palestina? ¿Queréis vengaros de mí? Y si de mí os vengáis, bien pronto haré yo recaer la paga sobre vuestra cabeza.

5 Porque habéis llevado mi plata y mi oro, y mis cosas preciosas y hermosas metisteis en vuestros templos:

6 Y vendisteis los hijos de Judá y los hijos de Jerusalem á los hijos de los Griegos, por alejarlos de sus términos.

7 He aquí los levantaré yo del lugar donde los vendisteis, y volveré vuestra paga sobre vuestra cabeza.

8 Y venderé vuestros hijos y vuestras hijas en la mano de los hijos de Judá, y ellos los venderán á los Sabeos, nación apartada; porque Jehová ha hablado.

9 Pregonad esto entre las gentes, proclamad guerra, despertad á los valientes, lléguense, vengan todos los hombres de guerra.

10 Haced espadas de vuestros azadones, lanzas de vuestras hoces; diga el flaco: Fuerte soy.

11 Juntaos y venid, gentes todas de alrededor, y congregaos: haz venir allí, oh Jehová, tus fuertes.

12 Las gentes se despierten, y suban al valle de Josaphat: porque allí me sentaré para juzgar todas las gentes de alrededor.

13 Echad la hoz, porque la mies está ya madura. Venid, descended; porque el lagar está lleno, rebosan las lagaretas: porque mucha es la maldad de ellos.

14 Muchos pueblos en el valle de la decisión: porque cercano está el día de Jehová en el valle de la decisión.

15 El sol y la luna se oscurecerán, y las estrellas retraerán su resplandor.

16 Y Jehová bramará desde Sión, y dará su voz desde Jerusalem, y temblarán los cielos y la tierra: mas Jehová será la esperanza de su pueblo, y la fortaleza de los hijos de Israel.

17 Y conoceréis que yo soy Jehová vuestro Dios, que habito en Sión, monte de mi santidad: y será Jerusalem santa, y extraños no pasarán más por ella.

18 Y será en aquel tiempo, que los montes destilarán mosto, y los collados fluirán leche, y por todos los arroyos de Judá correrán aguas: y saldrá una fuente de la casa de Jehová, y regará el valle de Sittim.

19 Egipto será destruído, y Edom será vuelto en asolado desierto, por la injuria hecha á los hijos de Judá: porque derramaron en su tierra la sangre inocente.

20 Mas Judá para siempre será habitada, y Jerusalem en generación y generación.

21 Y limpiaré la sangre de los que no limpié; y Jehová morará en Sión.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

Arcana Coelestia 7051

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 200


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 1151, 1197, 1201, 1551, 1808, 2184, 2495, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 37, 51, 53, 312, 316, 336, 350, ...

Exposición Breve de la Doctrina de la Nueva Iglesia 78, 100

The Lord 4, 64

Sacred Scripture 14, 51

El Cielo y el Infierno 119

La Verdadera Religión Cristiana 82, 198, 620, 689, 782, 789


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 72, 119, 242, 261, 372, 376, 401, ...

Cánones de la Nueva Iglesia 27

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 55

Other New Christian Commentary

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Abdías 1:17

Mateo 24:29

Marcos 13:24

Lucas 21:11

Hechos 2:17, 21, 39

Romanos 10:13

Apocalipsis 8:7, 12

Word/Phrase Explanations

cautividad
Captivity and spoil (Daniel 11:33) signifies the deprivation of every truth and good.

Judá
City of Judah,' as in Isaiah 40:9, signifies the doctrine of love towards the Lord and love towards our neighbor in its whole extent.

jerusalem
Jerusalem first comes to or attention in II Samuel, chapter 5 where King David takes it from the Jebusites and makes it his capital. In...

descender
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...

Valle
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...

josaphat
In the Bible, King Jehoshaphat of Judah is mentioned in the first Book of Kings, in Chapters 21 and 22. He comes to the throne...

Israel
'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...

tierra
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

suertes
On the most internal level, the stories of Abraham tell us about the Lord's development in his own childhood, with Abraham representing the Lord's spiritual...

Ramera
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.

vino
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...

palestina
'Palestina,' as in Exodus 15:14, signifies the same thing as Philisthea.

cabeza
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....

plata
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

oro
'Money' relates to truth.

hijos
'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...

Griegos
Greeks, as in Joel 3:6, signify the falsities of evil. Also the gentiles who are in falsities.

términos
Often translated as “edge,” “border,” “boundary,” “outskirts,” “far places” and other ways, this term is used in the Bible for the farthest reaches of an...

hijas
"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...

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...

nación
'Nations' signify people who are in the good of love and charity from the Lord. Two nations in the womb,' as in Genesis 25:23, signify...

Jehová
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

hablado
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

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...

espadas
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...

lanzas
'A lancet' signifies truth.

juzgar
It’s easy to see the connection between judging and truth. In a court of law, the judge’s whole purpose is to find the truth. In...

lleno
'To satiate' relates to the extent of a person's will, for good or evil.

maldad
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

día
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...

sol
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

Luna
'The moon' signifies the Lord in reference to faith, and thus faith in the Lord. 'The moon' signifies spiritual good or truth. 'The moon' signifies...

estrellas
'Stars' signify the knowledge of truth and good. 'Stars' are frequently mentioned in the Word, and always signify goods and truths, but in an opposite...

voz
'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,...

los cielos
"Heaven" and "heavens" are used many times in the Bible, with a couple of variations of meaning. Sometimes it is relatively literal, including times when...

Cielos
Heavens are celestial and spiritual things. Consequently, they are inmost things, both of the Lord's kingdom in heaven the and in the earth. This also...

la tierra
"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...

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

santidad
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...

extraños
In Ezekiel 28:7, 'strangers' signify falsities which destroy truths, and 'the terrible of the nations,' evils which destroy good.

montes
'Hills' signify the good of charity.

leche
Water represents true ideas about day-to-day life, and other drinks and liquids in general represent different forms of truth. Milk is a drink that contains...

aguas
'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...

fuente
A fountain signifies the Lord and the Word. A fountain signifies superior truth, and well, inferior truth. A fountain, as in Psalm 104:10, denotes knowledges....

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...

egipto
'Mizraim' signifies the same thing as Egypt.

edom
'Edom' or 'Idumea,' as in Isaiah 34:5, signifies those who are in evil and in falsities thence derived.

desierto
'Wilderness' signifies something with little life in it, as described in the internal sense in Luke 1:80 'Wilderness' signifies somewhere there is no good because...

sangre
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

siempre
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

generación
To “generate” something is to create it, and that idea underpins the meaning of a “generation” of people – it is a group that was...

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