Regters 16

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Afrikaanse Vertaling 1953     

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1 En Simson het na Gasa gegaan en daar 'n hoer gesien en by haar ingegaan.

2 Toe die Gasiete die tyding kry: Simson het hier ingekom, omsingel hulle hom en lê hom die hele nag voor by die stadspoort, maar die hele nag het hulle hul stilgehou en gesê: Teen dagbreek sal ons hom doodmaak.

3 En Simson het gelê tot middernag; maar teen middernag het hy opgestaan en die deure van die stadspoort en die twee deurposte gegryp en dié met grendel en al uitgeruk en op sy skouers gesit en dit opgedra na die top van die berg wat teenoor Hebron lê.

4 Daarna het hy 'n vrou in die dal Sorek liefgekry, wie se naam Delíla was.

5 Toe kom die vorste van die Filistyne na haar op en vir haar: Haal hom oor en vind uit waardeur sy krag so groot is, en waardeur ons hom kan oorweldig en hom kan bind om hom te bedwing; dan sal ons jou elkeen elf honderd sikkels silwer gee.

6 Toe vra Delíla vir Simson: vertel my tog waardeur jou krag so groot is, en waarmee jy gebind kan word om jou te bedwing.

7 En Simson vir haar: As hulle my bind met sewe vars lyne wat nie uitgedroog is nie, dan sal ek swak word en wees soos 'n ander mens.

8 Daarop het die vorste van die Filistyne vir haar sewe vars lyne gebring wat nie uitgedroog was nie, en sy het hom daarmee gebind.

9 En terwyl haar spioene in die kamer klaar sit, sy vir hom: Die Filistyne op jou, Simson! Toe verbreek hy die lyne soos 'n vlasdraad breek as dit vuur ruik; maar sy krag het nie bekend geword nie.

10 Toe Delíla vir Simson: Kyk, jy het my bedrieg en vir my leuens vertel; vertel my nou tog waarmee jy gebind kan word.

11 En hy antwoord haar: As hulle my stewig vasbind met nuwe toue waarmee geen werk gedoen is nie, dan sal ek swak word en wees soos 'n ander mens.

12 Toe het Delíla nuwe toue geneem en hom daarmee gebind en vir hom gesê: Die Filistyne op jou, Simson! terwyl die spioene in die kamer klaarsit; maar hy het dit soos 'n draad van sy arms af verbreek.

13 En Delíla vir Simson: Tot nou toe het jy my bedrieg en vir my leuens vertel; vertel my waarmee jy gebind kan word. En hy antwoord haar: As jy die sewe haarvlegsels van my hoof met die weefsel saam invleg.

14 Sy druk dié toe vas met die pen en vir hom: Die Filistyne op jou, Simson! En hy het wakker geword uit sy slaap en die weefpen met die weefsel uitgeruk.

15 Toe sy vir hom: Hoe kan jy : Ek het jou lief! terwyl jou hart nie met my is nie? Drie maal het jy my nou al bedrieg en my nie meegedeel waardeur jou krag so groot is nie.

16 En omdat sy hom met haar woorde aldae gepers en by hom aangedring het, het hy so ongeduldig geword, dat hy kon sterf.

17 En hy het sy hele hart aan haar bekend gemaak en aan haar gesê: Daar het nooit 'n skeermes oor my hoof gekom nie, want ek is 'n nasireër van God van my moeder se skoot af: as ek geskeer sou word, sou my krag van my wyk en ek swak word en wees soos al die mense.

18 Toe Delíla sien dat hy sy hele hart aan haar bekend gemaak het, laat sy die vorste van die Filistyne roep en sê: Kom hierdie keer op, want hy het sy hele hart aan my bekend gemaak. Toe kom die vorste van die Filistyne na haar op en bring die geld met hulle saam.

19 En sy het hom op haar skoot aan die slaap gemaak en 'n man geroep en die sewe haarvlegsels van sy hoof afgeskeer. En sy het begin om hom te bedwing, en sy krag het van hom gewyk.

20 Toe sy: Die Filistyne op jou, Simson! En toe hy uit sy slaap wakker word, hy: Ek sal vry uitgaan soos die vorige kere en my losruk. Want hy het nie geweet dat die HERE van hom gewyk het nie.

21 Daarop het die Filistyne hom gegryp en sy uitgesteek en hom afgebring na Gasa en met koperkettings gebind; en hy moes maal in die gevangenis.

22 Maar die hare van sy hoof het weer begin groei sodra dit afgeskeer was.

23 En die vorste van die Filistyne het vergader om 'n groot offer te bring aan hulle god Dagon en om vrolik te wees; en hulle het gesê: Ons god het ons vyand Simson in ons hand gegee.

24 En toe die volk hom sien, prys hulle hul god; want hulle het gesê: Ons god het Ons vyand en die rinneweerder van Ons land, wat ook baie van Ons laat sneuwel het, in Ons hand gegee.

25 En toe hulle hart vrolik was, hulle: Roep Simson, dat hy vir ons speel; en hulle het Simson uit die gevangenis geroep; en hy het voor hulle gespeel, en hulle het hom tussen die pilare laat staan.

26 Daarop Simson aan die dienaar wat hom aan die hand hou: Laat my staan, en laat my die pilare betas waar die huis op rus, dat ek daarteen kan leun.

27 En die huis was vol manne en vroue, en al die vorste van die Filistyne was daar, en op die dak omtrent drie duisend manne en vroue wat kyk hoe Simson speel.

28 Toe roep Simson die HERE aan en : HERE, HERE, dink tog aan my en versterk my tog net hierdie keer, o God, dat ek my oor een van my twee op die Filistyne kan wreek!

29 En Simson slaan sy arms om die twee middelste pilare waar die huis op gerus het, die een met sy regter-- en die ander met sy linkerhand, en leun teen hulle aan.

30 En Simson : Laat my sterwe saam met die Filistyne! En hy buig hom met krag, sodat die huis inval op die vorste en op al die mense wat daarin was. So was dan die dooies wat hy by sy sterwe gedood het, meer as die wat hy in sy lewe gedood het.

31 Sy broers en sy hele familie het toe afgekom en hom opgeneem en opwaarts gebring en hom begrawe tussen Sórea en Estáol in die graf van sy vader Manóag. En hy het Israel twintig jaar lank gerig.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 16      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 16: Samson and Delilah; Samson dies with the Philistines.

In this final chapter about Samson, he becomes involved with two women, and both episodes lead him to fight for his life.

The first woman was a prostitute from Gaza, a Philistine town. When the men of Gaza heard that Samson was visiting this woman, they lay in wait for him all night, so that they could kill him in the morning. Samson foiled their plot by sneaking out at midnight. As he was leaving, he took the gates of the city and its two posts, put them upon his shoulders, and took them to the top of a hill facing Hebron, a town in Israel.

Some time later, Samson began to love an Israelite woman called Delilah, whose name means “lustful pining”. The lords of the Philistines bribed her to find out the source of Samson’s strength, so that they could take him prisoner. After deceiving her three times and evading her almost-daily questions, Samson finally admitted that his strength lay in his hair; if it were cut, he would be like any other man.

Delilah told this to the the lords of the Philistines, and they paid her the bribe. She lulled Samson to sleep, and had a man shave off all of Samson’s hair. She called out as she had the first three times: “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” He awoke, but he was as weak as a normal man. The Philistines took him captive, gouged out his eyes, and forced him to work as a mill grinder in prison. However, while he was in prison, his hair began to grow back.

When the Philistines gathered to make a great sacrifice in the temple of their god, Dagon, to celebrate the capture of Samson, 3000 Philistine men and women were there, plus all of their kings. Samson was brought in as a spectacle to be mocked. He could feel his strength returning, and asked the boy leading him to let him lean against the two central columns of the temple. Samson prayed to the Lord, and pushed the columns until the temple collapsed, killing everyone there. That day, Samson brought about the death of more Philistines than he had in his life. His family took his body, and buried him between Zorah (“stricken”) and Eshtaol (“supplication”) in his father’s tomb.

*****

This chapter demonstrates the temptations and potential pitfalls of faith-alone spirituality, specifically through the women that Samson was involved with. Both of these episodes - the first with the prostitute from Gaza, and the second with Delilah - highlight Samson’s brazen passions and his apparent faults and weaknesses. Samson represents our determination to overcome the draw of faith alone, which the hells employ in order to ensnare us, and then rule us. The Lord’s teachings through the Word often precipitate a struggle within us between our lusts from the hells and our spiritual intentions (see Swedenborg’s work, Apocalypse Revealed 678[2] and Apocalypse Revealed 798[2]).

Seizing the gates and gateposts stands for changing the focus of our spiritual view. Gates represent the entry and exit points to our hearts and minds, through which we receive the Lord and the Word, but also the influences of hell (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 119). The top of the hill stands for a mind raised up toward God, and ‘facing Hebron’ is representative of a new focus on the unity between us and the Word, for Hebron means ‘joined, brotherhood, unity’.

After three failed attempts, Delilah discovered that Samson’s strength lay in his hair, which had never been cut. Hair stands for the power and beauty of the Word in its literal sense, and our faithfulness in abiding by its truths (see Swedenborg’s works, Arcana Caelestia 9836[2] and Doctrine of the Lord 15[8]).

Samson’s imprisonment and abuse by the Philistines symbolize a period of spiritual turmoil, during which we are misled by the hells. Blindness corresponds to our inability to see or recognize truths; ‘grinding grain at the mill’ is like molding truths from the Word to support our own purposes - in this case, faith alone spirituality (Arcana Caelestia 10303[5] and Arcana Caelestia 10303[6]). Yet all the while, our ability to follow the Lord will gradually restrengthen, represented by Samson’s hair growing back.

In the last moments of his life, Samson brought down the temple of Dagon, killing three thousand of the Philistines at once. The two supporting columns of the Philistine temple stand for what is evil and what is false; when evil and falsity are toppled, the whole system of belief collapses. In sacrificing his life, Samson demonstrated the highest of all divine and heavenly loves (see Arcana Caelestia 2077[2]).

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 3301, 6437


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 5247, 9836

Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 49

True Christian Religion 223, 627


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 66, 750

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hoer
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gesien
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omsingel
To encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.

nag
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gesê
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doodmaak
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middernag
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opgestaan
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deure
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twee
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skouers
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berg
The Writings tell us that the Lord's love is the sun of heaven, and it is natural for us to look above ourselves to the...

Hebron
'Hebron' represents the Lord's spiritual church in the land of Canaan. 'Hebron' represents the church as to good.

vrou
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...

naam
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...

Filistyne
The Philistines play a large role in the Bible as one of the longest-standing and most bitter rivals of the people of Israel, clashing with...


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groot
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ons
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bind
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honderd
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sewe
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vuur
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bedrieg
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leuens
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werk
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arms
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weefsel saam invleg
signifies teach.

pen
'A peg' denotes the conjoining and strengthening principles.

slaap
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lief
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hart
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drie maal
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drie
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woorde
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sterf
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nasireër
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God
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moeder
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sien
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roep
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geld
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man
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geweet
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Here
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maal
‘To grind’ is to collect and learn the things that are serviceable to faith.

hare
The hair is the very outermost part of the body, and "hair" in the Bible represents the outermost expression of whatever the body represents. In...

groei
‘To grow’ signifies to be perfected.

Dagon
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vyand
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gegee
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land
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speel
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voor
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pilare
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staan
'To stay with,' as in Genesis 32:4, relates to the life of truth when accompanied by good, and in this instance, it means to take...

huis
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vroue
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dak
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duisend
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kyk
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versterk
To 'be strengthened,' as in Genesis 21:18, signifies being supported.

een
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wreek
'To be avenged seventy and seven fold' denotes damnation.

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

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

broers
There are two ways "brother" is used in the Bible, ways that are still reflected in modern language. One denotes an actual blood relationship; the...

graf
A grave, as in Psalm 88:5, signifies hell. ‘To come forth out of the grave,’ as in John 5:29, signifies to come forth out of...

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...

twintig
'Twenty,' when referring to a quantity, signifies everything, or fullness, because it is ten twice. In Genesis 18:31, 'twenty', like all numbers occurring in the...

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 Dividing the Land of Canaan Review Questions
Choose words from a word bank to complete sentences about the division of the land of Canaan.
Activity | All Ages

 Getting Strength from the Word
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Play: Samson's Death
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Quotes: Power of the Lord's Word
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Samson Bas Relief Project
Use a modeling compound to make a bas-relief illustration of Samson pulling down the pillars of the Philistine temple after asking the Lord to give him strength.  
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Samson Carries the Doors of the City Gate
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Samson Collage
Make a picture of Samson using a variety of materials. Give Samson a good head of hair using yarn or synthetic hair. 
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Samson Destroys the Temple of the Philistines
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Samson Is Enslaved
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Samson Is Taken Prisoner
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Samson’s Death
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Sequence the Story of Samson with Pictures
Arrange the picture cards in the order these events happened in Samson’s life. 
Activity | Ages 4 - 10

 Strength in the Word
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 The Life of Samson Story Line
A story-line graphs the ups and downs of events. Which do you think would picture the story of Samson’s life better—a straight line or a jagged line? 
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 The Meaning of Samson
Article | Ages 15 - 17

 The Number Seven in the Word Crossword Puzzle
Discover stories that include the number seven in the Word.
Activity | Ages 9 - 13

 The Story of Samson and Our Spiritual Rebirth
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Three Stories About Samson
Finish illustrating and describing three stories about Samson.
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 What Samson Represents
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Who Obeyed or Disobeyed the Lord?
Use names from a word bank to identify people in the Word who obeyed or who disobeyed the Lord. Story references are provided to help you.
Activity | All Ages


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