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Lamentations 3

French: Louis Segond (1910)         

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1 Je suis l'homme qui a vu la misère Sous la verge de sa fureur.

2 Il m'a conduit, mené dans les ténèbres, Et non dans la lumière.

3 Contre moi il tourne et retourne sa main Tout le jour.

4 Il a fait dépérir ma chair et ma peau, Il a brisé mes os.

5 Il a bâti autour de moi, Il m'a environné de poison et de douleur.

6 Il me fait habiter dans les ténèbres, Comme ceux qui sont morts dès longtemps.

7 Il m'a entouré d'un mur, pour que je ne sorte pas; Il m'a donné de pesantes chaînes.

8 J'ai beau crier et implorer du secours, Il ne laisse pas accès à ma prière.

9 Il a fermé mon chemin avec des pierres de taille, Il a détruit mes sentiers.

10 Il a été pour moi un ours en embuscade, Un lion dans un lieu caché.

11 Il a détourné mes voies, il m'a déchiré, Il m'a jeté dans la désolation.

12 Il a tendu son arc, et il m'a placé Comme un but pour sa flèche.

13 Il a fait entrer dans mes reins Les traits de son carquois.

14 Je suis pour tout mon peuple un objet de raillerie, Chaque jour l'objet de leurs chansons.

15 Il m'a rassasié d'amertume, Il m'a enivré d'absinthe.

16 Il a brisé mes dents avec des cailloux, Il m'a couvert de cendre.

17 Tu m'as enlevé la paix; Je ne connais plus le bonheur.

18 Et j'ai dit: Ma force est perdue, Je n'ai plus d'espérance en l'Eternel!

19 Quand je pense à ma détresse et à ma misère, A l'absinthe et au poison;

20 Quand mon âme s'en souvient, Elle est abattue au dedans de moi.

21 Voici ce que je veux repasser en mon coeur, Ce qui me donnera de l'espérance.

22 Les bontés de l'Eternel ne sont pas épuisées, Ses compassions ne sont pas à leur terme;

23 Elles se renouvellent chaque matin. Oh! que ta fidélité est grande!

24 L'Eternel est mon partage, dit mon âme; C'est pourquoi je veux espérer en lui.

25 L'Eternel a de la bonté pour qui espère en lui, Pour l'âme qui le cherche.

26 Il est bon d'attendre en silence Le secours de l'Eternel.

27 Il est bon pour l'homme De porter le joug dans sa jeunesse.

28 Il se tiendra solitaire et silencieux, Parce que l'Eternel le lui impose;

29 Il mettra sa bouche dans la poussière, Sans perdre toute espérance;

30 Il présentera la joue à celui qui le frappe, Il se rassasiera d'opprobres.

31 Car le Seigneur Ne rejette pas à toujours.

32 Mais, lorsqu'il afflige, Il a compassion selon sa grande miséricorde;

33 Car ce n'est pas volontiers qu'il humilie Et qu'il afflige les enfants des hommes.

34 Quand on foule aux pieds Tous les captifs du pays,

35 Quand on viole la justice humaine A la face du Très-Haut,

36 Quand on fait tort à autrui dans sa cause, Le Seigneur ne le voit-il pas?

37 Qui dira qu'une chose arrive, Sans que le Seigneur l'ait ordonnée?

38 N'est-ce pas de la volonté du Très-Haut que viennent Les maux et les biens?

39 Pourquoi l'homme vivant se plaindrait-il? Que chacun se plaigne de ses propres péchés.

40 Recherchons nos voies et sondons, Et retournons à l'Eternel;

41 Elevons nos coeurs et nos mains Vers Dieu qui est au ciel:

42 Nous avons péché, nous avons été rebelles! Tu n'as point pardonné!

43 Tu t'es caché dans ta colère, et tu nous as poursuivis; Tu as tué sans miséricorde;

44 Tu t'es enveloppé d'un nuage, Pour fermer accès à la prière.

45 Tu nous as rendus un objet de mépris et de dédain Au milieu des peuples.

46 Ils ouvrent la bouche contre nous, Tous ceux qui sont nos ennemis.

47 Notre partage a été la terreur et la fosse, Le ravage et la ruine.

48 Des torrents d'eau coulent de mes yeux, A cause de la ruine de la fille de mon peuple.

49 Mon oeil fond en larmes, sans repos, Sans relâche,

50 Jusqu'à ce que l'Eternel regarde et voie Du haut des cieux;

51 Mon oeil me fait souffrir, A cause de toutes les filles de ma ville.

52 Ils m'ont donné la chasse comme à un oiseau, Ceux qui sont à tort mes ennemis.

53 Ils ont voulu anéantir ma vie dans une fosse, Et ils ont jeté des pierres sur moi.

54 Les eaux ont inondé ma tête; Je disais: Je suis perdu!

55 J'ai invoqué ton nom, ô Eternel, Du fond de la fosse.

56 Tu as entendu ma voix: Ne ferme pas l'oreille à mes soupirs, à mes cris!

57 Au jour où je t'ai invoqué, tu t'es approché, Tu as dit: Ne crains pas!

58 Seigneur, tu as défendu la cause de mon âme, Tu as racheté ma vie.

59 Eternel, tu as vu ce qu'on m'a fait souffrir: Rends-moi justice!

60 Tu as vu toutes leurs vengeances, Tous leurs complots contre moi.

61 Eternel, tu as entendu leurs outrages, Tous leurs complots contre moi,

62 Les discours de mes adversaires, et les projets Qu'ils formaient chaque jour contre moi.

63 Regarde quand ils sont assis et quand ils se lèvent: Je suis l'objet de leurs chansons.

64 Tu leur donneras un salaire, ô Eternel, Selon l'oeuvre de leurs mains;

65 Tu les livreras à l'endurcissement de leur coeur, A ta malédiction contre eux;

66 Tu les poursuivras dans ta colère, et tu les extermineras De dessous les cieux, ô Eternel!

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 121


Other references to this chapter:

Arcanes Célestes 3869, 8941, 9024, 9163

L’Apocalypse Révélée 306, 410, 485, 573, 721


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 365, 419, 519, 727, 781

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 59

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:


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vu
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conduit
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ténèbres
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lumière
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retourne
'To reward' signifies meting out punishment.

jour
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chair
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peau
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OS
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habiter
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mur
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pierres
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ours
Bears represent the power of the literal external stories and ideas of Bible, separate from their deeper meanings. Since they are wild carnivores, this is...

Lion
'A lion' signifies the good of celestial love and the truth from that good.

arc
A bow signifies falsity of doctrine destroying truth, and spear, the falsity of evil de­stroying good. (Jer. 6:23.)

flèche
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entrer
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

reins
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rassasié
'What satisfies' is what nourishes the soul.

cendre
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dit
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l'eternel
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âme
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souvient
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matin
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fidélité
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grande
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bouche
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poussière
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joue
Jaws,' in Isaiah 30:28, signify thoughts from the sensory bodily principle, and so: thoughts from fallacies.

frappe
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miséricorde
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Enfants
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Hommes
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pieds
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Pays
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vivant
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ciel
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colère
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nous
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tué
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Nuage
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mépris
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ennemis
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yeux
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Les filles
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ville
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chasse
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oiseau
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Fosse
A pit,' or 'well which has no water,' as in Jeremiah 2:13, signifies doctrines which have no truths.

des pierres
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eaux
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tête
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Nom
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entendu
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voix
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approché
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...

racheté
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assis
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mains
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Psaumes 66:19

French: Louis Segond (1910)         

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19 Mais Dieu m'a exaucé, Il a été attentif à la voix de ma prière.

   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 316


Other references to this verse:


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 325

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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1 Rois 9:3

Lamentations 3:56

Word/Phrase Explanations

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

voix
'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,...


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