Jonah 4

Study the Inner Meaning

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1 Kwaba kubi kuYona kakhulu, wavutha ngumsindo.

2 Wathandaza kuYehova, wathi, Camagu, Yehova! Labe lingelilo na ilizwi lam eli, ndisesemhlabeni wakowethu? Ngenxa yoko ndaphanga ngokubalekela eTarshishe; ngokuba ndandisazi ukuba unguThixo obabalayo, onemfesane, ozeka kade umsindo, onenceba enkulu, ozohlwayayo ngenxa yobubi.

3 Ke ngoku, Yehova, seluwuthabatha umphefumlo wam kum, kuba ukufa kum kulungile kunokuba ndidle ubomi.

4 Wathi uYehova, Uyalungisa na ukuthi oku, uvuthe ngumsindo?

5 Waphuma ke uYona kuwo umzi, wahlala ngasempumalanga kuwo umzi, wazenzela khona umnquba; wahlala ngaphantsi kwawo emthunzini, ukuze ade abone ukuba kuya kuthekani na kuwo umzi.

6 UYehova uThixo wammisela umhlavuthwa; waphuma, wenyuka waba phezu koYona, ukuba ube ngumthunzi entlokweni yakhe, umhlangule ebubini bakhe. Wawuvuyela uYona umhlavuthwa lowo, wawuvuyela kakhulu.

7 UThixo wamisela intlava, ukuthi qhiphu kokusa ngengomso, yabetha umhlavuthwa lowo, woma.

8 Kwathi ekuphumeni kwelanga, uThixo wamisela ulophu lwasempumalanga; ilanga labetha kuYona entloko, wawa isiduli; wawucelela ukufa umphefumlo wakhe, wathi, Kulungile ukufa kum, kunokuba ndidle ubomi.

9 Wathi uThixo kuYona, Uyalungisa na ukuthi oku, uvuthe ngumsindo ngenxa yomhlavuthwa? Wathi, Ndiyalungisa ukuthi ndivuthe ngumsindo kude kuse ekufeni.

10 Wathi uThixo, Wena unenceba ngomhlavuthwa, ongabulalekanga nguwo, ongawuhlumisanga, okhule ngobusuku, wadaka ngobusuku:

11 ndingabi nanceba na ke mna ngenxa yeNineve, loo mzi mkhulu, unabantu abangaphezu kwekhulu elinamanci mabini amawaka, abangakwaziyo ukunene kwabo kwikhohlo labo; kwanempahla enkulu eninzi?

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 214


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 10441

Sacred Scripture 51

True Christianity 226


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 401, 419

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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Jonah 1:2, 3:9

Matthew 2:10, 20:15

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Word/Phrase Explanations

kakhulu
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...

Yehova
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...

umsindo
Anger is an emotion so common to people that it requires no definition. However a couple of points of interest can be raised. 1) The...

umphefumlo
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...

Kulungile
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

Ubomi
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

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

Umnquba
'Huts,' as mentioned in Genesis 33:17, signify the holy principle of truth, common, general, or exterior.

Ngaphantsi
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

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

ilanga
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...

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

amawaka
As children, most of us at some point frustrated our mothers into using the phrase “if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand...

Resources for parents and teachers

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 Jonah
Article | Ages 15 - 17

 Jonah
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Jonah and the Gourd
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 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)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 Jonah and the Great Fish
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Jonah Goes to Nineveh
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 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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