約書亞記 11

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1 約書亞戰勝北方聯盟夏瑣耶賓一見這些事,就派人去見瑪頓約巴、伸崙、押煞

2 以及住在北方地、基尼烈邊的亞拉巴原和西邊多珥地的眾

3 又去見在東方和西方的迦南人,住在地的亞摩利人、赫人、比利洗人和耶布斯人,以及米斯巴地黑門的希未人。

4 這些王與他們所有的軍隊都一同出來,人數眾多,好像邊的沙,還有很多馬匹和車輛。

5 這些都聯合起到米倫邊,在那裡一起安營,要與以色列人作戰。

6 耶和華對約書亞:“你不要因他們懼怕,因為明天這個時候,我必使他們全數在以色列人面前被殺;你要砍斷他們的蹄筋,焚燒他們的車輛。”

7 於是約書亞和所有與他在一起能作戰的人,在米倫邊突然迫近,攻打他們。

8 耶和華把他們交在以色列人裡,以色列人就擊殺他們,追趕他們直到西頓大城、米斯利弗.瑪音,以及在東邊的米斯巴谷;以色列人擊殺他們,沒有留下一個。

9 約書亞照著耶和華吩咐他的對待他們;他砍斷了他們的蹄筋,用燒了他們的車輛。

10 那時,約書亞回來,佔領了夏瑣,用刀擊殺了夏瑣,因為夏瑣在這些國中素來是為首的。

11 以色列人用刀擊殺了城中所有的人,把他們完全毀滅;有氣息的一個也沒有留下;約書亞又放燒了夏瑣。

12 約書亞奪取了那些的一切城,又擒獲那些城所有的;他用刀擊殺了他們,把一切完全毀滅,正如耶和華僕人摩西所吩咐的。

13 至於那些立在土丘上的城,除了夏瑣以外,以色列人都沒有焚燒;約書亞只燒了夏瑣。

14 那些城所有的戰利品和牲畜,以色列人都據為己有;只是把所有的人都用刀擊殺了,直到把他們殺盡;有氣息的,他們沒有留下一個。

15 耶和華怎樣吩咐他的僕人摩西摩西就怎樣吩咐約書亞,約書亞也照樣行了;耶和華吩咐摩西的一切,約書亞沒有一樣不辦妥的。

16 約書亞攻取各地這樣,約書亞奪取了那整個地區,就是地、整個地、歌珊全地、高原、亞拉巴、以色列地和地的高原;

17 從延伸至西珥的哈拉,直到黑門黎巴嫩谷的巴力.迦得;約書亞擒獲了那些地方所有的,把他們都殺死了

18 約書亞和這些作戰了很多的日子。

19 除了基遍的希未人以外,沒有一座城與以色列人議和的;所有其他的城都是以色列人作戰奪取的。

20 因為這是出於耶和華的旨意,他使他們裡剛硬,要與以色列人交戰,好把他們完全毀滅,使他們不蒙憐憫,卻要被消滅,正如耶和華吩咐摩西的

21 那時約書亞來了,把在地、希伯崙、底璧、亞拿伯、整個猶大地、整個以色列地所有的亞衲族人都剪除了。約書亞把他們與他們的城都完全毀滅了。

22 以色列人的境內,沒有留下一個亞衲族人,只在迦薩、迦特和亞實突還有下的。

23 這樣,約書亞照著耶和華吩咐摩西的一切話,奪取了那全地;於是,約書亞按著以色列的支派把地分他們作產業。全地也就止息了戰爭

  

Exploring the Meaning of 約書亞記 11      

Joshua 11: Joshua conquers the entire land.

In this chapter, the Canaanite kings of the north, east and west heard that Israel had conquered all of the southern Canaanite territories. Jabin, king of Hazor, called upon the other Canaanite kingdoms to join forces and attack Israel with a great army.

The Lord reassured Joshua, “Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel” (verse 6). So Joshua counterattacked, and Israel defeated the Canaanites just as the Lord had said.

The rest of the chapter is an account of Joshua’s victories, now here, now there. Israel destroyed each of the Canaanite cities and territories and not one of them was left undefeated (See Swedenborg’s work, The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 161-164). In all of Canaan, only the Gibeonites were spared because they had made a peace treaty with Israel. The chapter closes with these words: “So Joshua took the whole land according to all that the Lord had said to Moses, and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Then the land had rest from war” (verse 23).

Now we turn to the spiritual meaning of all this, and its meaning for us. Because of our inherited, human nature, each of us has internal things we have to contend with in our natural life. These Canaanites - the faults we must overcome - are described by the compass points: north, south, east and west. Here are the spiritual meanings of the four cardinal directions (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 141-153):

West = less love

East = greater love

North = less light and wisdom

South = greater light and wisdom

Swedenborg tells us that heaven is organized by this principle. Angels with the clearest perception of love live in the eastern region of heaven, while those with a more hazy understanding live in the west. The same thing applies to the north/south axis; those in a “clear light of wisdom” live in the south, and those in a “dim light of wisdom” live in the north (Heaven and Hell 148). These poles represent angels’ states of love and wisdom, and their use. Just like people on earth, angels experience varying states of love and wisdom - sometimes more, sometimes less - but with angels this leads to them turning again to the Lord to acknowledge that he is their God.

The same pattern exists in hell, but instead of love and wisdom there is self-love (or even hatred) and false thinking from this distorted love. In hell, the degree of intensity in these states is between the rage to dominate and the exhaustion of failing.

In our life on earth, we experience states of both heaven and hell. As we are only partly regenerated, we rapidly switch between these states because of our emotions and the upheavals of life in this world. This chapter about the conflict between Israel and the Canaanites represents our own, personal decisions about what will be the ruling influence in our lives - heaven or hell (See Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 5982).

The end of this chapter offers two important statements describing the conflict between heaven and hell. The first one (in verse 20) says the Lord hardened the hearts of Israel’s enemies so that they came to attack, and consequently were destroyed. This tells us that we have to see our evils for what they are in order to turn away from them (See Swedenborg’s unpublished work, Charity 179-180).

The second statement (verses 21-22) says that Joshua completely destroyed the Anakim, except beyond the borders of the land. The Anakim were giants, and they stand for those enormous tensions and rages which evil spirits from hell bring us at times. This (reassuringly) helps us see that we are not like that ourselves, but we could be if we let those evil spirits make a home in our hearts and minds (Arcana Caelestia 2909[3]).

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 11      

Joshua 11: Joshua conquers the entire land.

In this chapter, the Canaanite kings of the north, east and west heard that Israel had conquered all of the southern Canaanite territories. Jabin, king of Hazor, called upon the other Canaanite kingdoms to join forces and attack Israel with a great army.

The Lord reassured Joshua, “Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel” (verse 6). So Joshua counterattacked, and Israel defeated the Canaanites just as the Lord had said.

The rest of the chapter is an account of Joshua’s victories, now here, now there. Israel destroyed each of the Canaanite cities and territories and not one of them was left undefeated (See Swedenborg’s work, The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 161-164). In all of Canaan, only the Gibeonites were spared because they had made a peace treaty with Israel. The chapter closes with these words: “So Joshua took the whole land according to all that the Lord had said to Moses, and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Then the land had rest from war” (verse 23).

Now we turn to the spiritual meaning of all this, and its meaning for us. Because of our inherited, human nature, each of us has internal things we have to contend with in our natural life. These Canaanites - the faults we must overcome - are described by the compass points: north, south, east and west. Here are the spiritual meanings of the four cardinal directions (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 141-153):

West = less love

East = greater love

North = less light and wisdom

South = greater light and wisdom

Swedenborg tells us that heaven is organized by this principle. Angels with the clearest perception of love live in the eastern region of heaven, while those with a more hazy understanding live in the west. The same thing applies to the north/south axis; those in a “clear light of wisdom” live in the south, and those in a “dim light of wisdom” live in the north (Heaven and Hell 148). These poles represent angels’ states of love and wisdom, and their use. Just like people on earth, angels experience varying states of love and wisdom - sometimes more, sometimes less - but with angels this leads to them turning again to the Lord to acknowledge that he is their God.

The same pattern exists in hell, but instead of love and wisdom there is self-love (or even hatred) and false thinking from this distorted love. In hell, the degree of intensity in these states is between the rage to dominate and the exhaustion of failing.

In our life on earth, we experience states of both heaven and hell. As we are only partly regenerated, we rapidly switch between these states because of our emotions and the upheavals of life in this world. This chapter about the conflict between Israel and the Canaanites represents our own, personal decisions about what will be the ruling influence in our lives - heaven or hell (See Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 5982).

The end of this chapter offers two important statements describing the conflict between heaven and hell. The first one (in verse 20) says the Lord hardened the hearts of Israel’s enemies so that they came to attack, and consequently were destroyed. This tells us that we have to see our evils for what they are in order to turn away from them (See Swedenborg’s unpublished work, Charity 179-180).

The second statement (verses 21-22) says that Joshua completely destroyed the Anakim, except beyond the borders of the land. The Anakim were giants, and they stand for those enormous tensions and rages which evil spirits from hell bring us at times. This (reassuringly) helps us see that we are not like that ourselves, but we could be if we let those evil spirits make a home in our hearts and minds (Arcana Caelestia 2909[3]).

Swedenborg

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Arcana Coelestia 2799, 2909, 2913, 3527, 4240, 4431, 6860

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