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Joel 1

Italian: Giovanni Diodati Bible (1649)         

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1 La parola del Signore, la quale fu indirizzata a Gioele, figliuolo di Petuel.

2 UDITE questo, o vecchi; e voi, tutti gli abitanti del paese, porgete l’orecchio. Avvenne egli mai a’ dì vostri, o mai a’ dì de’ padri vostri, una cotal cosa?

3 Raccontatela a’ vostri figliuoli; e raccontinla i vostri figliuoli a’ lor figliuoli, e i lor figliuoli alla generazione seguente.

4 La locusta ha mangiato il rimanente della ruca, e il bruco ha mangiato il rimanente della locusta, e il grillo ha mangiato il rimanente del bruco.

5 Destatevi, ubbriachi, e piangete; e voi bevitori di vino tutti, urlate per lo mosto; perciocchè egli vi è del tutto tolto di bocca.

6 Perciocchè è salita contro al mio paese, una nazione possente e innumerabile; i suoi denti son denti di leone, ed ha de’ mascellari di fiero leone.

7 Ha deserte le mie viti, e scorzati i miei fichi: li ha del tutto spogliati, e lasciati in abbandono; i lor rami son divenuti tutti bianchi.

8 Lamentati, come una vergine cinta di un sacco per lo marito della sua fanciullezza.

9 L’offerta di panatica, e da spandere, è del tutto mancata nella Casa del Signore; i sacerdoti, ministri del Signore, fanno cordoglio.

10 I campi son guasti, la terra fa cordoglio; perciocchè il frumento è stato guasto, il mosto è seccato, l’olio è venuto meno.

11 Lavoratori, siate confusi; urlate, vignaiuoli, per lo frumento, e per l’orzo; perciocchè la ricolta de’ campi è perita.

12 La vite è seccata, e il fico langue; il melagrano, ed anche la palma, e il melo, e tutti gli altri alberi della campagna son secchi; certo la letizia è seccata d’infra i figliuoli degli uomini.

13 Cingetevi di sacchi, e piangete, o sacerdoti; urlate, ministri dell’altare; venite, passate la notte in sacchi, ministri dell’Iddio mio; perciocchè l’offerta di panatica, e da spandere, è divietata dalla Casa dell’Iddio vostro.

14 Santificate il digiuno, bandite la solenne raunanza, radunate gli anziani, e tutti gli abitanti del paese, nella Casa del Signore Iddio vostro, e gridate al Signore:

15 Ahi lasso! l’orribil giorno! perciocchè il giorno del Signore è vicino, e verrà come un guasto fatto dall’Onnipotente.

16 Non è il cibo del tutto riciso d’innanzi agli occhi nostri? la letizia, e la gioia non è ella recisa dalla Casa dell’Iddio nostro?

17 Le granella son marcite sotto alle loro zolle; le conserve son deserte, i granai son distrutti; perciocchè il frumento è perito per la siccità.

18 Quanto hanno sospirato le bestie! e quanto sono state perplesse le mandre de’ buoi, perciocchè non vi è alcun pasco per loro! anche le gregge delle pecore sono state desolate.

19 O Signore, io grido a te; perciocchè il fuoco ha consumati i paschi del deserto, e la fiamma ha divampati tutti gli alberi della campagna.

20 Anche le bestie della campagna hanno agognato dietro a te; perciocchè i rivi delle acque son seccati, e il fuoco ha consumati i paschi del deserto.

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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

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 87

True Christian Religion 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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Word/Phrase Explanations

parola
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

signore
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...

figliuolo
'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...

Abitanti
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

padri
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

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

locusta
'Locusts' signify falsities in the extremes, which consume the truths and goods of the church in a person. 'The locusts' which John the Baptist ate...

mangiato
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

grillo
Caterpillars, mentioned in Joel 1:4, signify the evil of the sensual man.

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;...

Urlate
'To wail and howl,' as in Micah 1:8, signifies the grief of the angels of heaven and the people of the church, where the church...

bocca
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

nazione
'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...

denti
'Tooth,' as in Exodus 21:24, denotes the exterior understanding, and natural truth.

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

fichi
The Writings tell us that the fig tree represents the "natural human," which is our outward life in the world, and the thoughts and feelings...

vergine
'Virgins,' as in Revelation 14:4, signify people who love truths because they are truths, so from a spiritual affection. 'Virgin' signifies the church as a...

sacco
'A sack' in Genesis 42:25, means a receptacle, and here 'a receptacle' on the natural level, because it is a story about the truths and...

offerta
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...

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...

sacerdoti
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

ministri
People in the Word who operate the details of charity are called 'ministers.'

cordoglio
In a general sense, mourning in the Bible represents a state of grief over the lack of desires for good and true ideas about life....

i campi
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

frumento
Corn,' as in Genesis 42:2, here stands for a word in the original language which means 'breaking,' and also for a similar word meaning to...

melagrano
'Pomegranates,' as in Exodus 28:34, signify the scientific ideas of good and truth, which are doctrinal matters from the Word in the memory, which is...

alberi
'Trees,' in general, signify the perceptions when discussing the celestial self, but when related to the spiritual church, they signify knowledges. A person in the...

altare
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...

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

anziani
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.

giorno
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...

onnipotente
'Shaddai,' as in Genesis 43:14, signifies temptation, and consolation after temptation. This is because the ancients called the one and only God by various names...

occhi
It’s common to say “I see” when we understand something. And indeed, “seeing” in the Bible represents grasping and understanding spiritual things. So it makes...

sotto
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...

bestie
"Beasts" represent the affection for doing good things, a true desire to do them from the heart. In the negative sense, "beasts" stand for the...

gregge
'A herd,' as mentioned in Genesis 32:7, denotes exterior or natural good, and also not good things.

deserto
'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...

fiamma
A flame signifies spiritual good, and the light of it truth from that good. A flame of fire, as in Revelation 1:14, signifies spiritual love,...

acque
'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...

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Deuteronomy 16:11

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11 E rallegrati davanti al Signore Iddio tuo, tu, e il tuo figliuolo, e la tua figliuola, e il tuo servo, e la tua serva, e il Levita che sarà dentro alle tue porte, e il forestiere, e l’orfano, e la vedova, che saranno nel mezzo di te, nel luogo il quale il Signore Iddio tuo avrà scelto per istanziarvi il suo Nome.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 1947, 2009, 3703, 7093, 9294, 9295

Apocalypse Revealed 81

True Christian Religion 298


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 102

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Word/Phrase Explanations

signore
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...

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

figliuolo
'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...

figliuola
"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...

serva
'Maids' denote external affections serving the internal.

porte
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...

orfano
'Orphans' signify people who are in a state of innocence and charity, and desire to know and to do what is good but are not...

nome
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...


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