Tuomarit 14

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1 Ja Simson meni alas Timnaan ja näki Timnassa naisen, filistealaisten tyttäriä.

2 Niin hän tuli sieltä ja kertoi sen isälleen ja äidilleen ja sanoi: "Minä näin Timnassa naisen, filistealaisten tyttäriä; ottakaa hänet nyt minulle vaimoksi".

3 Hänen isänsä ja äitinsä sanoivat hänelle: "Eikö ole yhtään naista veljiesi tyttärien joukossa ja minun koko kansassani, kun aiot mennä ottamaan vaimon ympärileikkaamattomien filistealaisten joukosta?" Mutta Simson sanoi isälleen: "Ota hänet minulle, sillä hän on mieluinen minun silmissäni".

4 Mutta hänen isänsä ja äitinsä eivät tienneet, että se tuli Herralta, sillä hän etsi tilaisuutta filistealaisia vastaan. Filistealaiset näet hallitsivat siihen aikaan Israelia.

5 Niin Simson meni isänsä ja äitinsä kanssa alas Timnaan. Mutta kun he saapuivat Timnan viinitarhoille, niin katso, nuori leijona tuli kiljuen häntä vastaan.

6 Silloin Herran henki tuli häneen, niin että hän repäisi sen, niinkuin olisi reväissyt vohlan, sulin käsin. Eikä hän ilmoittanut isälleen eikä äidilleen, mitä oli tehnyt.

7 Sitten hän meni sinne ja puhutteli naista, ja tämä oli mieluinen Simsonin silmissä.

8 Ja kun hän jonkun ajan kuluttua palasi sinne ottaakseen hänet, poikkesi hän katsomaan leijonan raatoa, ja katso, leijonan ruumiissa oli mehiläisparvi ja hunajaa.

9 Ja hän kaapi hunajan kouriinsa ja kulki edelleen ja söi sitä. Niin hän tuli isänsä ja äitinsä luo ja antoi heille, ja he söivät. Mutta hän ei sanonut heille, että oli kaapinut hunajan leijonan ruumiista.

10 Sitten hänen isänsä meni naisen luo, ja Simson laittoi siellä pidot, sillä niin oli nuorten miesten tapa.

11 Mutta kun he näkivät hänet, valitsivat he kolmekymmentä sulhaspoikaa olemaan hänen kanssaan.

12 Niin Simson sanoi heille: "Minä panen teille arvoituksen; jos selitätte sen minulle seitsemän pitopäivän kuluessa ja arvaatte oikein, niin minä annan teille kolmekymmentä aivinapaitaa ja kolmekymmentä juhlapukua.

13 Mutta ellette voi sitä minulle selittää, niin te annatte minulle kolmekymmentä aivinapaitaa ja kolmekymmentä juhlapukua." Ja he sanoivat hänelle: "Lausu arvoituksesi, että saamme sen kuulla".

14 Silloin hän sanoi heille: "Lähti syötävä syömäristä, lähti väkevästä makea". Mutta he eivät voineet kolmeen päivään selittää arvoitusta.

15 Seitsemäntenä päivänä he sanoivat Simsonin vaimolle: "Viekoittele miehesi selittämään meille arvoitus, muuten me poltamme sinut ja sinun isäsi talon tulella. Oletteko kutsuneet meidät tänne köyhdyttääksenne meitä, vai kuinka?"

16 Niin Simsonin vaimo ahdisti häntä itkullaan ja sanoi: "Sinähän vihaat minua etkä rakasta; sinä olet pannut arvoituksen minun kansalaisilleni etkä selitä sitä minulle". Mutta hän vastasi hänelle: "En ole selittänyt sitä edes isälleni enkä äidilleni, sinulleko sen selittäisin!"

17 Niin hän ahdisti häntä itkullaan ne seitsemän päivää, jotka heidän pitonsa kestivät. Mutta seitsemäntenä päivänä Simson selitti hänelle, koska vaimo häntä ahdisti. Ja vaimo selitti arvoituksen kansalaisilleen.

18 Niin kaupungin miehet sanoivat hänelle seitsemäntenä päivänä, ennenkuin aurinko laski: "Mikä on makeampaa kuin hunaja, ja mikä leijonaa väkevämpi?" Hän vastasi heille: "Ellette olisi kyntäneet minun vasikallani, ette olisi arvoitustani arvanneet".

19 Silloin Herran Henki tuli häneen, ja hän meni Askeloniin, löi siellä kuoliaaksi kolmekymmentä miestä, otti heiltä vaatteet ja antoi juhlapuvut arvoituksen selittäjille. Ja hänen vihansa syttyi, ja hän meni isänsä kotiin.

20 Mutta Simsonin vaimo joutui sille sulhaspojista, joka oli ollut yljän ystävänä.

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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).

Swedenborg

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Arcana Coelestia 4855, 9836


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