Josuo 7

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1 Sed la Izraelidoj pekis kontraux la anatemo:Ahxan, filo de Karmi, filo de Zabdi, filo de Zerahx, el la tribo de Jehuda, prenis el la anatemitajxo, kaj la kolero de la Eternulo ekflamis kontraux la Izraelidoj.

2 Kaj Josuo sendis virojn el Jerihxo al Aj, kiu estis apud Bet-Aven, oriente de Bet-El, kaj li diris al ili jene:Iru kaj esplorrigardu la landon. Kaj la viroj iris kaj esplorrigardis Ajon.

3 Kaj ili revenis al Josuo, kaj diris al li:Ne iru la tuta popolo, nur du mil aux tri mil viroj iru kaj venkobatu Ajon; ne lacigu tien la tutan popolon, cxar ili estas malgrandnombraj.

4 Kaj iris tien el la popolo cxirkaux tri mil viroj; sed ili forkuris de antaux la logxantoj de Aj.

5 Kaj la logxantoj de Aj mortigis el ili tridek ses homojn, kaj persekutis ilin de la pordego gxis SXebarim, kaj venkobatis ilin sur la deklivo de la monto; kaj malkuragxigxis la koro de la popolo kaj farigxis kiel akvo.

6 Tiam Josuo dissxiris siajn vestojn, kaj jxetis sin vizagxaltere antaux la keston de la Eternulo, restante tiel gxis la vespero, li kaj la plejagxuloj de Izrael; kaj ili sxutis polvon sur siajn kapojn.

7 Kaj Josuo diris:Ho, mia Sinjoro, Eternulo, kial Vi transirigis cxi tiun popolon trans Jordanon, por transdoni nin en la manon de la Amoridoj, por pereigi nin? ho, kial ni ne restis sur tiu flanko de Jordan?

8 Ho, mia Sinjoro! kion mi povas diri, post kiam Izrael turnis sian dorson al siaj malamikoj?

9 Kiam auxdos la Kanaanidoj kaj cxiuj logxantoj de la lando, ili cxirkauxos nin kaj ekstermos nian nomon de sur la tero; kaj kion Vi faros por Via granda nomo?

10 Tiam la Eternulo diris al Josuo:Levigxu! por kio vi jxetis vin vizagxaltere?

11 Izrael pekis, kaj ili agis kontraux Mia interligo, kiun Mi donis al ili, kaj ili prenis el la anatemitajxo, kaj sxtelis, kaj mensoge neis, kaj metis inter siajn vazojn.

12 Tial la Izraelidoj ne povos rezisti antaux siaj malamikoj, sian dorson ili turnos al siaj malamikoj, cxar ili falis sub anatemon; Mi ne estos plu kun vi, se vi ne malaperigos la anatemitajxon el inter vi.

13 Levigxu, sanktigu la popolon, kaj diru:Sanktigu vin por morgaux; cxar tiel diris la Eternulo, Dio de Izrael:Anatemitajxo estas inter vi, Izrael; vi ne povos rezisti antaux viaj malamikoj, gxis vi forigos la anatemitajxon el inter vi.

14 Kaj vi aliros matene laux viaj triboj; kaj la tribo, kiun montros la Eternulo, aliros laux la familioj; kaj la familio, kiun montros la Eternulo, aliros laux la domoj; kaj la domo, kiun montros la Eternulo, aliros laux apartaj homoj.

15 Kaj tiun, cxe kiu montrigxos la anatemitajxo, oni forbruligu per fajro, lin kaj cxion, kio apartenas al li; cxar li agis kontraux la interligo de la Eternulo, kaj cxar li faris malnoblajxon en Izrael.

16 Kaj Josuo levigxis frue matene, kaj alirigis Izraelon laux liaj triboj; kaj la montro falis sur la tribon de Jehuda.

17 Kaj li alirigis la tribon de Jehuda, kaj la montro falis sur la familion de la Zerahxidoj; kaj li alirigis la familion de la Zerahxidoj laux apartaj homoj, kaj la montro falis sur Zabdin.

18 Kaj li alirigis lian domon laux apartaj homoj, kaj la montro falis sur Ahxanon, filon de Karmi, filo de Zabdi, filo de Zerahx, el la tribo de Jehuda.

19 Tiam Josuo diris al Ahxan:Mia filo! donu gloron al la Eternulo, Dio de Izrael, kaj faru al Li konfeson, kaj diru al mi, kion vi faris; ne kasxu antaux mi.

20 Kaj Ahxan respondis al Josuo, kaj diris:Efektive, mi pekis antaux la Eternulo, Dio de Izrael, kaj tiel kaj tiel mi faris.

21 Mi vidis inter la militakirajxo belan SXinaran mantelon, kaj ducent siklojn da argxento, kaj unu stangeton da oro, havantan la pezon de kvindek sikloj, kaj mi ekdeziris ilin kaj prenis ilin; kaj nun ili estas kasxitaj en la tero meze de mia tendo, kaj la argxento estas sub tio.

22 Kaj Josuo sendis senditojn, kaj ili kuris en la tendon; kaj montrigxis, ke tio estas kasxita en lia tendo kaj la argxento estas sub tio.

23 Kaj ili prenis tion el meze de la tendo, kaj alportis al Josuo kaj al cxiuj Izraelidoj, kaj elmetis tion antaux la Eternulo.

24 Kaj Josuo kune kun la tuta Izrael prenis Ahxanon, filon de Zerahx, kaj la argxenton kaj la mantelon kaj la stangeton da oro, kaj liajn filojn kaj liajn filinojn, kaj liajn bovojn kaj liajn azenojn kaj liajn sxafojn, kaj lian tendon, kaj cxion, kio apartenis al li, kaj elkondukis ilin en la valon Ahxor.

25 Kaj Josuo diris:Pro tio, ke vi malgxojigis nin, la Eternulo malgxojigos vin en cxi tiu tago. Kaj la tuta Izrael mortigis lin per sxtonoj; kaj oni forbruligis ilin per fajro, kaj jxetis sur ilin sxtonojn.

26 Kaj oni amasigis super li grandan amason da sxtonoj, kiu restis gxis hodiaux. Kaj malaperis la flama kolero de la Eternulo. Pro tio tiu loko havas la nomon valo Ahxor gxis hodiaux.

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 7      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth and New Christian Bible Study Staff

Joshua 7: The defeat at Ai, and the sin of Achan.

This chapter opens with the statement that Israel had sinned at Jericho, because an Israelite named Achan had kept something for himself, against the Lord's commandment. (But Joshua doesn't know this yet.)

The great victory at Jericho was quickly followed by an embarrassing defeat at Ai. The Israelites hadn't expected much difficulty in taking Ai, and sent just a few thousand men to attack it. They were routed.

Spiritually, we might say that pride goes before a fall, but more specifically, in the work of our regeneration we are never to rest on our laurels, but to always stay alert to each situation and how we are internally handling it. (Apocalypse Revealed 158)

Understandably, Joshua pours out his heart to the Lord, wondering why they have even crossed over the Jordan to simply be destroyed. The Lord tells him that their defeat at Ai was because Israel sinned by taking some of the forbidden things of Jericho. The Lord explains how to put this right, by identifying the wrongdoer and destroying him and his family.

Note the weakness of Joshua (as earlier also with Moses at times) when things go wrong and he feels confused, full of doubt, hurt and afraid. When things go well, we go well; when things go badly, we tend to go to pieces. And we ask, “Why? Why this, why me, why now?”

The Lord’s answer is a command, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face?” This is a pretty plain meaning: The Lord wants us to use such setbacks to be able to go forward, seeing the problem as a challenge and an opportunity and learning point.

Joshua is told to find the source of the wrong and the defeat. From all the tribes, one tribe will be selected by the Lord. From all its families, one family will be chosen. From all its households, one household will be chosen, and from that household, one man will be chosen. And Achan was the man and he is brought out. (Arcana Caelestia 5135)

This drawing-by-lot is a remarkable picture of our spiritual self-examination. We’re told that to make our general confession of ‘having done what we should not have done’ is almost worthless because we are likely to just carry on the same afterwards. (Arcana Caelestia 8390) Our personal inventory must be specific. What kind of thoughts have I been allowing myself recently? What did that make me feel in my heart? Did I welcome it or want nothing to do with it? It’s a kind of pinpointing, and it leads us to Achan, whose name in Hebrew means ‘trouble’ and ‘troubler’. (The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 164)

Achan, discovered, doesn't hide or deny his wrongdoing but openly admits that he has sinned against the Lord. He'd seen a beautiful garment, much silver, and a chunk of gold, and took them, and hid them in the earth in the middle of his tent. He confesses and indeed, his confession is transparent. So must our confession be when we see things in ourselves that go against the Lord’s truths and ways. They bring forth his stolen goods from his tent.

Then, in a comprehensive way, Joshua took everything Achan owned in its entirety, including the stolen goods, to the Valley of Achor (a name again meaning ‘trouble’) and stoned him and all his family and burned them with fire and raised a heap of stones over it all. This, to us, might well sound like a brutal and an unwarranted punishment.

Spiritually, the Lord does not punish us, ever. Rather, he commands that we turn from our evils, and suffer the consequences if we don't. The Lord does this to help and encourage us to stop following our own way and to commit ourselves to following and living His way. We can only conquer Canaan, representing heaven, when we do this. (Arcana Caelestia 8622)


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Arcana Coelestia 1453, 2327, 2576, 2838, 4539, 5135

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