Juĝistoj 21

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1 Kaj la Izraelidoj jxuris en Micpa, dirante:Neniu el ni donos sian filinon edzinige al Benjamenido.

2 Kaj la popolo venis en Bet-Elon, kaj restis tie gxis la vespero antaux Dio, kaj levis sian vocxon kaj forte ploris,

3 kaj diris:Kial, ho Eternulo, Dio de Izrael, farigxis tio en Izrael, ke malaperis nun el Izrael unu tribo?

4 La morgauxan tagon la popolo levigxis frue kaj konstruis tie altaron kaj oferis bruloferojn kaj pacoferojn.

5 Kaj la Izraelidoj diris:Kiu homo el cxiuj triboj de Izrael ne venis kun la komunumo al la Eternulo? CXar estis farita granda jxuro pri tiuj, kiuj ne venis al la Eternulo en Micpan, ke ili estos mortigitaj.

6 Kaj la Izraelidoj ekpentis pri siaj fratoj la Benjamenidoj, kaj diris:Forhakita estas hodiaux unu tribo el Izrael!

7 kion ni faros al ili, al la restintoj, koncerne edzinojn? ni jxuris ja per la Eternulo, ke ni ne donos al ili edzinojn el niaj filinoj.

8 Kaj ili diris:Kiu homo el la triboj de Izrael ne venis al la Eternulo en Micpan? Kaj tiam montrigxis, ke en la tendaron al la komunumo venis neniu el Jabesx en Gilead.

9 Kaj oni reviziis la popolon, kaj montrigxis, ke tie estas neniu el la logxantoj de Jabesx en Gilead.

10 Tiam la komunumo sendis tien dek du mil homojn el la viroj batalkapablaj, kaj ordonis al ili jene:Iru kaj mortigu per glavo la logxantojn de Jabesx en Gilead, ankaux la virinojn kaj infanojn.

11 Kaj tiel agu:cxiun virseksulon, kaj cxiun virinon, kiu ekkonis kusxejon de viro, ekstermu.

12 Kaj ili trovis inter la logxantoj de Jabesx en Gilead kvarcent junajn virgulinojn, kiuj ne ekkonis kusxejon de viro; kaj ili venigis ilin en la tendaron en SXilon, kiu estas en la lando Kanaana.

13 Kaj la tuta komunumo sendis, por paroli kun la Benjamenidoj, kiuj estis cxe la roko Rimon, kaj anonci al ili pacon.

14 Tiam la Benjamenidoj revenis, kaj oni donis al ili la virinojn, kiuj restis vivaj el la virinoj de Jabesx en Gilead; sed ne estis suficxe por ili.

15 Kaj la popolo bedauxris pri Benjamen, cxar la Eternulo faris fendon en la triboj de Izrael.

16 Kaj la plejagxuloj de la komunumo diris:Kion ni faru al la restintoj koncerne edzinojn? ekstermitaj estas ja la virinoj de Benjamen.

17 Kaj ili diris:La restintoj el la Benjamenidoj bezonas ja heredontojn, por ke ne malaperu tribo el Izrael;

18 kaj ni ne povas doni al ili edzinojn el niaj filinoj, cxar la Izraelidoj jxuris, dirante:Malbenita estu tiu, kiu donos edzinon al Benjamenido.

19 Sed ili diris:Jen cxiujare estas festo de la Eternulo en SXilo, kiu estas norde de Bet-El, oriente de la vojo, kiu kondukas de Bet-El al SXehxem, kaj sude de Lebona.

20 Kaj ili ordonis al la Benjamenidoj jene:Iru kaj faru insidon en la vinbergxardenoj;

21 kaj kiam vi vidos, ke la knabinoj de SXilo eliras, por danci en rondoj, tiam eliru el la vinbergxardenoj kaj kaptu al vi cxiu edzinon el la knabinoj de SXilo kaj iru en la landon de la Benjamenidoj.

22 Kaj se venos iliaj patroj aux fratoj kun plendo al ni, ni diros al ili:Pardonu nin pro ili; cxar ni ne prenis por cxiu edzinon en la milito, kaj vi ne donis al ili; tial vi estas nun senkulpaj.

23 Kaj tiel agis la Benjamenidoj, kaj prenis edzinojn laux sia nombro el la dancrondoj, rabinte ilin; kaj ili iris kaj revenis al sia posedajxo kaj konstruis urbojn kaj eklogxis en ili.

24 Kaj en la sama tempo disiris de tie la Izraelidoj, cxiu al sia tribo kaj al sia familio, kaj cxiu foriris de tie al sia posedajxo.

25 En tiu tempo ne ekzistis regxo cxe Izrael; cxiu faradis tion, kio placxis al li.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 21      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Wives Provided for the Men of Benjamin

This final chapter of the book of Judges deals with the wish of Israel to provide the remaining men of Benjamin with wives so that the tribe would not die out, since it was one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Yet the men of Israel had made a vow at Mizpah not to give their daughters to any men of Benjamin.

Providing wives means to add either truth or good to a situation. “In the Word, when ‘husband’ is mentioned, then ‘wife’ stands for truth. But when the husband is called ‘the man’, then ‘wife’ stands for good. This is the way it gets continually used in the Word.” (Arcana Caelestia 1468) In this chapter the men are called ‘the men of Benjamin’ or the Benjamites, so wives stand for good being joined to truth.

The men of Israel wondered who had not come to the gathering at Mizpah and recalled that no one from Jabesh Gilead had come. This meant that they were not under the obligation of the vow. The men of Israel told men to go and kill every man in that city and also any woman who was not a virgin. They found four hundred young virgins and brought them up to the camp at Shiloh.

The name Jabesh-Gilead means ‘arid’ and its spiritual meaning is in this city’s non-participation in dealing with the problem of the tribe of Benjamin. It stands for our refusal and disinclination to act to progress the spiritual life of the Word and our obedience to it.
But in it are four hundred young virgins who are not part of this non-participation and they can be taken to be wives for the men of Benjamin, to provide a future and an offspring.

“Virgins stand for the Lord’s kingdom, for everyone who is a kingdom of the Lord or a ‘church’, those who love the Lord, those who are in the affection for good, in charity to their neighbour, and those who love what is true. All of this is from the conjugial love which is there in chaste virgins.” (Arcana Caelestia 3081)

But even so, this is not enough to provide sufficient wives for the men of Benjamin. They recall that there is a yearly feast at Shiloh at which the young daughters of Shiloh dance. They tell the men of Benjamin to go there at the time of the feast and when the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance, to each seize a girl and take her away to Benjamin. And if anyone complains about breaking the vow made at Mizpah, it will be told them that this does not apply to the men of Benjamin and to be kind to this taking of wives.

The spiritual meaning of this is that it is essential that the tribe of Benjamin who stand for the link or connection between internal and external states, should have a full complement of wives so that truth and good can be together in producing and preserving this connection for our spiritual wholeness and its life. (Arcana Caelestia 5411)

The final verse of the book of Judges, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own eyes”, very much describes the sequence of the stories in Judges to the point where good and truth, love for the Lord and obedience to the Word, are marginalised, and replaced by one wrong action after another, through to the very end.

The spiritual meaning in these wrong doings can be seen to show their purpose in terms of our spiritual life and regeneration. This is the purpose of them being included in the Word, and while the text is at times harrowing, it contains the basis for giving us the truths which lead to eternal life and the Lord.

Swedenborg

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Arcana Coelestia 9422


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 608, 687

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