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1 Samson drog så til Gaza. Der så han en Skøge og gik ind til hende.

2 Da det spurgtes blandt Folkene i Gaza, at Samson var kommet derhen, gik de hen og lagde sig på Lur efter ham ved Byporten; men de holdt sig rolige Natten over, idet de sagde: "Vi vil vente, til det bliver lyst; så slår vi ham ihjel!"

3 Samson blev liggende den halve Nat, men ved Midnatstide stod han op, greb fat i Byportens to Fløje og begge Portstolper, rykkede dem op tillige med Portslåen, tog dem på Skuldrene og bar dem op på Toppen af Bjerget over for Hebron.

4 Siden fik han Kærlighed til en Kvinde ved Navn Dalila i Sorekdalen.

5 Da kom Filisternes Fyrster til hende og sagde til hende: "Se at lokke ud af ham, hvad det er, der giver ham hans vældige Kræfter, og hvorledes vi kan få Bugt med ham, så vi kan binde og kue ham, så vil vi hver give dig 1100 Sekel Sølv!"

6 Dalila sagde da til Samson: "Sig mig dog, hvad det er, der giver dig dine vældige Kræfter, og hvorledes man kan binde og kue dig!"

7 Samson svarede hende: "Hvis man binder mig med syv friske Strenge, som ikke er blevet tørre, bliver jeg svag som ethvert andet Menneske."

8 Filisternes Fyrster bragte hende da syv friske Strenge, der ikke var blevet tørre, og med dem bandt hun ham;

9 samtidig havde hun Folk liggende på Lur i Kammeret. Da sagde hun til ham: "Filisterne er over dig, Samson!" Men han rev Strengene over, og de brast som Blårgarn, der kommer Ild for nær; og hvorledes det hang sammen med hans Kræfter, kom ikke for Dagen.

10 Da sagde Dalila til Samson: "Se, du har narret mig og løjet for mig; sig mig dog, hvorledes man kan binde dig!"

11 Han svarede hende: "Hvis man binder mig med nye eb, som aldrig har været brug til noget, bliver jeg svag som ethvert andet Menneske!"

12 Da tog Dalila nye eb og bandt ham. Så sagde hun til ham: "Filisterne er over dig, Samson!" Samtidig lå der Folk på Lur i Kammeret. Men han flåede ebene af sine Arme, som var det Tråde.

13 Da sagde Dalila til Samson: "Hidtil har du narret mig og løjet for mig; sig mig dog, hvorledes man kan binde dig!" Han svarede hende: "Hvis du væver mine syv Hovedlokker ind i endegarnet og slår dem fast med Slagelen, bliver jeg svag som ethvert andet Menneske."

14 Så dyssede hun ham i Søvn og vævede hans syv Hovedlokker ind i endegarnet og slog dem fast med Slagelen. Og hun sagde til ham: "Filisterne er over dig, Samson!" Så vågnede han og rykkede Væven op sammen med endegarnet.

15 Da sagde hun til ham: "Hvor kan du sige, du elsker mig, når du ingen Fortrolighed har til mig? Tre Gange har du nu narret mig og ikke sagt mig, hvad det er, der giver dig dine vældige Kræfter!"

16 Da hun således stadig pinte og plagede ham med sine Ord, blev hans Sjæl træt til Døden,

17 og han talte rent ud og sagde til hende: "Ingen agekniv er kommet på mit Hoved, thi jeg har fra Moders Liv af været en Guds Nasiræer; hvis mit Hår rages af, mister jeg mine Kræfter og bliver svag som alle andre Mennesker."

18 Da nu Dalila skønnede, at han havde talt rent ud til hende, sendte hun Bud efter Filisternes Fyrster og lod sige: "Kom nu herop, thi han har talt rent ud til mig!" Og Filisternes Fyrster kom op til hende og bragte Pengene med.

19 Så dyssede hun ham i Søvn imellem sine Knæ og kaldte på en Mand, som ragede hans syv Hovedlokker af. Da blev han svagere og svagere, og Kræfterne veg fra ham.

20 Derpå sagde hun: Filisterne er over dig, Samson!" Da vågnede han og tænkte: "Jeg skal nok slippe fra det ligesom de andre Gange og ryste det af mig!" Men han vidste ikke, at HE EN var veget fra ham.

21 Da greb Filisterne ham og stak Øjnene ud på ham; derpå bragte de ham ned til Gaza og lagde ham i Kobberlænker; og han måtte dreje Kværnen i Fangehuset.

22 Men hans Hovedhår begyndte at vokse igen, efter at det var raget af.

23 Filisternes Fyrster samledes nu for at holde en stor Offerfest til Ære for deres Gud Dagon og for at fornøje sig; og de sagde: "Vor Gud gav os i Hænde Samson, vor Fjende!"

24 Og da Folket så ham, priste de deres Gud og råbte: "Vor Gud gav os i Hænde Samson, vor Fjende, ham, som vort Land monne skænde, på manges Liv gjorde Ende!"

25 Da de nu var kommet i godt Lune, sagde de: "Hent Samson, at vi kan more os over ham!" De lod da Samson hente fra Fangehuset, og de morede sig over ham. De stillede ham op ved Søjlerne;

26 Da sagde Samson til den unge Mand, som holdt ham i Hånden: "Slip mig og lad mig røre ved Søjlerne, som bærer Hallen, så jeg kan læne mig til dem!".

27 Hallen var fuld af Mænd og Kvinder; der var alle Filisternes Fyrster, og på Taget var der henved 3000 Mænd og Kvinder, som så til, medens de morede sig over Samson.

28 Da råbte Samson til HE EN og sagde: "Herre, HE E, kom mig i Hu og giv mig Kraft, o Gud, kun denne ene Gang, så jeg kan hævne mig på Filisterne for begge mine Øjne på een Gang!"

29 Så greb Samson om de to Midtersøjler, som bar Hallen, og stemmede sig imod den ene med højre og imod den anden med venstre Hånd.

30 Og Samson sagde: "Lad mig sammen med Filisterne!" Derpå bøjede han sig med sådan Kraft, at Hallen styrtede sammen over Fyrsterne og alle Folkene derinde. Således dræbte han ved sin Død flere, end han havde dræbt i levende Live.

31 Men hans Brødre og hele hans Faders Hus drog ned og tog ham, bragte ham op og lagde ham i hans Fader Manoas Grav mellem Zora og Esjtaol. Han var Dommer i Israel i tyve År.

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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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 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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