Numbers 32

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1 And the sons of Ruben and Gad had many flocks of cattle, and their substance in beasts was infinite. And when they saw the lands of Jazer and Galaad fit for feeding cattle,

2 They came to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and the princes of the multitude, and said:

3 Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nemra, Hesebon, and Eleale, and Saban, and Nebo, and Beon,

4 The land, which the Lord hath conquered in the sight of the children of Israel, is a very fertile soil for the feeding of beasts: and we thy servants have very much cattle:

5 And we pray thee, if we have found favour in thy sight, that thou give it to us thy servants in possession, and make us not pass over the Jordan.

6 And Moses answered them: What, shall your brethren go to fight, and will you sit here?

7 Why do ye overturn the minds of the children of Israel, that they may not dare to pass into the place which the Lord hath given them?

8 Was it not thus your fathers did, when I sent from Cadesbarne to view the land?

9 And when they were come as far as the valley of the cluster, having viewed all the country, they overturned the hearts of the children of Israel, that they should not enter into the coasts, which the Lord gave them.

10 And he swore in his anger, saying:.

11 If these men, that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land, which I promised with an oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: because they would not follow me,

12 Except Caleb the son of Jephone the Cenezite, and Josue the son of Nun: these have fulfilled my will.

13 And the Lord being angry against Israel, led them about through the desert forty years, until the whole generation, that had done evil in his sight, was consumed.

14 And behold, said he, you are risen up instead of your fathers, the increase and offspring of sinful men, to augment the fury of the Lord against Israel.

15 For if you will not follow him, he will leave the people in the wilderness, end you shall be the cause of the destruction of all.

16 But they coming near, said: We will make sheepfolds, and stalls for our cattle, and strong cities for our children :

17 And we ourselves will go armed and ready for battle before the children of Israel, until we bring them in unto their places. Our little ones, and all we have, shall be in walled cities, for fear of the ambushes of the inhabitants.

18 We will not return into our houses until the children of Israel possess their inheritance:

19 Neither will we seek any thing beyond the Jordan, because we have already our possession on the east side thereof,

20 And Moses said to them: If you do what you promise, go on well appointed for war before the Lord:

21 And let every fighting man pass over the Jordan, until the Lord overthrow his enemies :

22 And all the land be brought under him, then shall you be blameless before the Lord and before Israel, and you shall obtain the countries that you desire, before the Lord.

23 But if you do not what you say, no man can doubt but you sin against God: and know ye, that your sin shall overtake you.

24 Build therefore cities for your children, and folds and stalls for your sheep and beasts, and accomplish what you have promised.

25 And the children of Gad and Ruben said to Moses: We are thy servants, we will do what my lord commandeth.

26 We will leave our children, and our wives and sheep and cattle, in the cities of Galaad:

27 And we thy servants all well appointed will march on to the war, as thou, my lord, speakest.

28 Moses therefore commanded Eleazar the priest, and Josue the son of Nun, and the princes of the families of all the tribes of Israel, and said to them:

29 If the children of Gad, and the children of Ruben pass with you over the Jordan, all armed for war before the Lord, and the land be made subject to you: give them Galaad in possession.

30 But if they will not pass armed with you into the land of Chanaan, let them receive places to dwell in among you.

31 And the children of Gad, and the children of Ruben answered: As the Lord hath spoken to his servants, so will we do:

32 We will go armed before the Lord into the land of Chanaan, and we confess that we have already received our possession beyond the Jordan.

33 Moses therefore gave to the children of Cad and of Ruben, and to the half tribe of Manasses the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sehon king of the Amorrhites, and the kingdom of Og king of Basan, and their land and the cities thereof round about.

34 And the sons of Cad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,

35 And Etroth, and Sophan, and Jazer, and Jegbaa,

36 And Bethnemra, and Betharan, fenced cities, and folds for their cattle.

37 But the children of Ruben built Hesebon, and Eleale, and Cariathaim,

38 And Nabo, and Baalmeon (their names being changed) and Sabama: giving names to the cities which they had built.

39 Moreover the children of Machir, the son of Manasses, went into Galaad, and wasted it, cutting off the Amorrhites, the inhabitants thereof.

40 And Moses gave the land of Galaad to Machir the son of Manasses, and he dwelt in it.

41 And Jair the son of Manasses went, and took the villages thereof, and he called them Havoth Jair, that is to say, the villages of Jair.

42 Nobe also went, and took Canath with the villages thereof: and he called it by his own name, Nobe.

  
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Explanation of Numbers 32      

Napsal(a) Henry MacLagan

Verses 1-4. The perception of the natural man from the Lord or the perception of those who are in faith and good works in the external church, that various truths, which have been applied to selfish purposes, are to be rendered useful to the man of the church.

Verse 5. They perceive also that the delights of the external man are to be kept distinct from those of the internal man.

Verses 6-15. But Divine Truth teaches that the spiritual man cannot engage successfully in temptation without the co-operation of the natural man; that the separated natural man hinders and opposes the progress of the spiritual towards the heavenly life, either causing a long series of temptations, or condemnations and vastation, and that therefore a caution is necessary to the natural man who desires to enjoy his own peculiar delights.

Verses 16-32. But the new natural man is willing to co-operate with the spiritual man in the subjugation of evil, while still desiring to live his own life distinctly; and this is agreeable to Divine Truth, to Divine Good, and to the primary truths of the church.

Verses 33-38. And hence it actually happens that those who are in good works, and those who are in faith, in the external church come into the possession of the natural powers establishing themselves in doctrines of good and truth according te their requirements.

Verses 39-42. And hence, too, it follows that the new will of good is firmly established in the inmost of the natural man; the general evil principle being expelled; the interior natural is enlightened and confirmed in Divine Truths; and even the sensual man shares in the purification.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Apocalypse Explained 434, 435

Apocalypse Revealed 352


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 730, 2280, 4117, 4759, 9437, 10076, 10225


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 440, 633, 654

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ruben
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gad
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many
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cattle
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saw
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Lands
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jazer
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came
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moses
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multitude
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said
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Dibon
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Nebo
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land
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the Lord
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lord
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sight
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israel
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servants
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found
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give
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us
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pass
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jordan
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brethren
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go
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sit
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children
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To
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given
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fathers
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sent
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view
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come
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cluster
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country
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hearts
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enter
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swore
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anger
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egypt
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twenty
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old
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see
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oath
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isaac
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Jacob
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follow
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caleb
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son
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josue
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angry
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led
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desert
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forty
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generation
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risen up
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risen
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wilderness
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near
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sheepfolds
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cities
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before
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bring
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places
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the inhabitants
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inhabitants
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return
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houses
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inheritance
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side
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war
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enemies
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say
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sin
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know
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Overtake
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build
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sheep
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my lord
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commandeth
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wives
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commanded
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answered
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half
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manasses
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.

joseph
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Og
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Round about
'Round about' denotes the things most distant from the middle, or from good and truth.

built
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names
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sabama
'Sibmah' signifies the members of the external church, who explain the Word to favor worldly love.

machir
Machir' signifies the same as 'Manasseh' because Machir was the son of Manasseh.

dwelt
'Inhabit' refers to good.

called
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own
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name
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