Juĝistoj 14

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1 SXimsxon iris en Timnan, kaj ekvidis en Timna virinon el la filinoj de la Filisxtoj.

2 Kaj li iris kaj sciigis tion al sia patro kaj al sia patrino, kaj diris:Mi vidis en Timna virinon el la filinoj de la Filisxtoj; nun prenu sxin al mi kiel edzinon.

3 Kaj lia patro kaj lia patrino diris al li:CXu ne trovigxas virino inter la filinoj de viaj fratoj kaj en nia tuta popolo, ke vi iras preni edzinon el la necirkumciditaj Filisxtoj? Sed SXimsxon diris al sia patro:SXin prenu por mi, cxar sxi placxas al mi.

4 Kaj lia patro kaj lia patrino ne sciis, ke tio estas de la Eternulo, cxar Li sercxis pretekston kontraux la Filisxtoj; en tiu tempo la Filisxtoj regis super Izrael.

5 Kaj SXimsxon kun sia patro kaj kun sia patrino iris en Timnan; kiam ili venis al la vinbergxardenoj de Timna, juna leono blekegante venis renkonte al li.

6 Kaj venis sur lin la spirito de la Eternulo, kaj li dissxiris lin, kiel oni dissxiras kapridon, kvankam li nenion havis en sia mano. Kaj li ne diris al siaj gepatroj, kion li faris.

7 Kaj li venis kaj parolis kun la virino, kaj sxi placxis al SXimsxon.

8 Post kelka tempo li iris denove, por preni sxin, kaj li devojigxis, por vidi la kadavron de la leono; kaj jen svarmamaso da abeloj estas en la kadavro de la leono, kaj ankaux mielo.

9 Kaj li prenis gxin en siajn manojn kaj iris, mangxante dum la irado; kaj li iris al siaj gepatroj, kaj donis al ili, kaj ili mangxis; sed li ne diris al ili, ke el la kadavro de la leono li prenis la mielon.

10 Kaj lia patro venis al la virino, kaj SXimsxon faris tie festenon, kiel ordinare faras la junuloj.

11 Kiam ili ekvidis lin, ili donis al li tridek kompanianojn, ke ili estu kun li.

12 Kaj SXimsxon diris al ili:Mi proponos al vi enigmon; se vi divenos gxin al mi dum la sep tagoj de la festeno kaj trafos, tiam mi donos al vi tridek cxemizojn kaj tridek kompletojn da vestoj;

13 sed se vi ne povas diveni al mi, tiam vi donos al mi tridek cxemizojn kaj tridek kompletojn da vestoj. Kaj ili diris al li:Proponu vian enigmon, kaj ni auxskultos.

14 Kaj li diris al ili: El mangxantajxo devenis mangxatajxo, Kaj el fortajxo devenis dolcxajxo. Kaj ili ne povis solvi la enigmon dum tri tagoj.

15 En la sepa tago ili diris al la edzino de SXimsxon:Admonu vian edzon, ke li solvu al ni la enigmon; alie ni forbruligos per fajro vin kaj la domon de via patro. CXu por senhavigi nin vi invitis nin cxi tien?

16 Tiam la edzino de SXimsxon ekploris antaux li, kaj diris:Vi nur malamas min, sed ne amas; vi proponis enigmon al la filoj de mia popolo, kaj al mi vi ne diris gxian solvon. Kaj li diris al sxi:Jen al miaj gepatroj mi ne diris la solvon, kaj cxu al vi mi gxin diru?

17 Kaj sxi ploris antaux li dum la sep tagoj, kiujn dauxris cxe ili la festeno; en la sepa tago li diris al sxi la solvon, cxar sxi tre insistis. Kaj sxi diris la solvon de la enigmo al la filoj de sxia popolo.

18 Kaj la urbanoj diris al li en la sepa tago, antaux la subiro de la suno:Kio estas pli dolcxa ol mielo? kaj kio estas pli forta ol leono? Kaj li diris al ili: Se vi ne plugus per mia bovidino, Vi ne trovus la solvon de mia enigmo.

19 Kaj venis sur lin la spirito de la Eternulo, kaj li iris en Asxkelonon kaj mortigis tie tridek homojn kaj prenis iliajn vestojn kaj donis la kompletojn de iliaj vestoj al la solvintoj de la enigmo. Sed ekflamis lia kolero, kaj li foriris en la domon de sia patro.

20 Kaj la edzino de SXimsxon farigxis edzino de lia festena kompaniulo, kiu kompaniis al li.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 14      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 14: Samson’s Philistine wife.

At the time of Samson, the Philistines were fiercely oppressing Israel. The Philistines lived on the coast, and they may well have come from overseas. They lived in the region for about 600 years, and the Old Testament refers to many later conflicts with the Philistines.

One day, Samson saw a young Philistine woman in Timnath, and he asked his parents to get her for his wife. They asked why he did not choose an Israelite woman, but he insisted on marrying the woman he saw in Timnath, so they all went to meet her. On the way, Samson was attacked by a lion, and he tore it apart with his bare hands. After some time, when he passed by the same place, there was a swarm of bees and honey inside the lion’s carcass. He ate some of the honey, and even brought some of it to his parents, but he did not tell them where it came from.

The woman pleased Samson, and he arranged a feast to which thirty companions were invited. At the feast, Samson told them a riddle: “Out of the eater came something to eat, out of the strong came something sweet.” He said that if they solved the riddle in the seven days of the feast, he would give them thirty linen sheets and thirty changes of clothing. If not, they were to give him the same. They could not solve the riddle for three days, so they convinced Samson’s wife to beg him for the answer. At the end of seven days, the men answered Samson’s riddle, and he was furious.

Then the Lord’s spirit came upon Samson, and he killed thirty Philistine men from Ashkelon, took their garments, and gave these to the thirty men at the feast. His wife was given to his companion.

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The spiritual meaning of the powerful Philistines is believing faith is all-important, and does not require charity or good works in life — a fundamental spiritual error. This way of thinking is called ‘faith alone’ spirituality, and it can take many forms. The proximity of the Philistines to Israel is also significant, as it suggests that the temptation to prefer faith without considering charity is never far away (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 200[3]).

The pursuit of a Philistine wife reflects the alluring nature of faith without charity, an easy, complacent spirituality. The young lion represents the force of faith alone to hold us in its grip. The honey stands for the spiritual sweetness following regeneration, as we use our faith to expand our hearts and minds (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 5620[1]).

Samson’s riddle stands for the puzzling nature of the Word’s teachings to those living by faith alone. The number thirty stands for what is whole, in this instance, the completely opposing nature of faith alone and true spiritual living. The linen sheets and changes of clothing mean taking up a genuine spiritual life which involves repentance, living the by the Word, and acknowledging the Lord. Linen is the material of a priest’s robes, and stands for the highest spiritual truths (Arcana Caelestia 5319[7]).

This end of this story shows us that faith alone doubles back on itself, and leads to a completely external understanding of the Lord. This is seen in taking garments from the thirty dead Philistines and giving them to the Philistines from the feast. Samson’s wife, who was given to his Philistine companion, stands for the complete divide between faith alone and love for the Lord. Samson’s apparent anger is really the zeal of protecting the nature of true spiritual life, which comes from the Lord (see Swedenborg’s work, Apocalypse Revealed 365).

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