Josué 13

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1 Or quand Josué fut devenu vieux, fort avancé en âge, l'Eternel lui dit : Tu es devenu vieux, fort avancé en âge, et il reste encore un fort grand pays à posséder.

2 C'est ici le pays qui demeure de reste, toutes les contrées des Philistins, et tout Guésuri.

3 Depuis Sihor, qui est au devant de l'Egypte, même jusqu'aux frontières de Hekron vers le Septentrion; cela est réputé des Cananéens; [savoir] les cinq gouvernements des Philistins, qui sont celui de Gaza, celui d'Asdod, celui d'Askélon, celui de Gath, et celui de Hekron, et les Hauviens.

4 Du côté du Midi tout le pays des Cananéens, et Méhara qui est aux Sidoniens, jusques vers Aphek, jusqu'aux frontières des Amorrhéens.

5 Le pays aussi qui appartient aux Guibliens, et tout le Liban; vers le soleil levant, depuis Bahal-Gad, sous la montagne de Hermon, jusqu'à l'entrée de Hamath.

6 Tous les habitants de la montagne depuis le Liban jusqu'aux eaux de Masréphoth; tous les Sidoniens; je les chasserai moi-même de devant les enfants d'Israël; fais seulement qu'on en jette [les lots], afin qu'elle soit à Israël en héritage, comme je te l'ai commandé.

7 Maintenant donc divise ce pays en héritage aux neuf Tribus, et à la moitié de la Tribu de Manassé;

8 Avec laquelle les Rubénites et les Gadites ont pris leur héritage; lequel Moïse leur a donné au delà du Jourdain vers l'Orient, selon que Moïse serviteur de l'Eternel le leur a donné;

9 Depuis Haroher, qui est sur le bord du torrent d'Arnon, et la ville qui [est] au milieu du torrent, et tout le plat pays de Médéba, jusqu'à Dibon.

10 Et toutes les villes de Sihon, Roi des Amorrhéens, qui régnait à Hesbon, jusqu'aux limites des enfants de Hammon;

11 Et Galaad, et les limites des Guésuriens et des Mahacathiens, et toute la montagne de Hermon, et tout Basan jusqu'à Salca;

12 Tout le Royaume de Hog en Basan, lequel Hog régnait à Hastaroth, et à Edréhi, [et] était demeuré de reste des Réphaïms, lesquels [Rois] Moïse défit, et les déposséda.

13 (Or les enfants d'Israël ne dépossédèrent point les Guésuriens et les Mahacathiens; mais les Guésuriens et les Mahacathiens ont habité parmi Israël jusqu'à ce jour.)

14 Seulement il ne donna point d'héritage à la Tribu de Lévi; les sacrifices de l'Eternel, le Dieu d'Israël, faits par feu étant son héritage, comme il lui [en] avait parlé.

15 Moïse donc donna un héritage à la Tribu des enfants de Ruben selon leurs familles.

16 Et leurs bornes furent depuis Haroher qui est sur le bord du torrent d'Arnon, et la ville qui est au milieu du torrent, et tout le plat pays qui est près de Médéba.

17 Hesbon et toutes ses villes, qui étaient au plat pays; Dibon, et Bamoth-Bahal, et Beth-Bahal-mehon.

18 Et Jahatsa, et Kédémoth, et Méphahath.

19 Et Kirjathajim, et Sibma, et Tseretsahar en la montagne de la vallée.

20 Et Beth-Péhor, et Asdoth de Pisga, et Beth-jesimoth.

21 Et toutes les villes du plat pays, et tout le Royaume de Sihon, Roi des Amorrhéens qui régnait à Hesbon ; lequel Moïse défit, avec les principaux de Madian, Evi, Rekem, Tsur, Hur, et Rébah, Princes relevant de Sihon, [et] habitant au pays.

22 Les enfants d'Israël firent passer aussi par l'épée Balaam fils de Béhor, le devin, avec les autres qui y furent tués.

23 Et les bornes des enfants de Ruben furent le Jourdain, et sa borne. Tel fut l'héritage des enfants de Ruben selon leurs familles, [savoir] ces villes-là, et leurs villages.

24 Moïse donna aussi [un héritage] à la Tribu de Gad pour les enfants de Gad, selon leurs familles.

25 Et leur pays fut Jahzer, et toutes les villes de Galaad, et la moitié du pays des enfants de Hammon, jusqu'à Haroher, qui est vis-à-vis de Rabba.

26 Et depuis Hesbon jusqu'à Ramath-mitspé, et Bétonim, et depuis Mahanajim jusqu'aux frontières de Débir.

27 Et dans la vallée, Beth-haram, et Beth-nimra, et Succoth, et Tsaphon; le reste du Royaume de Sihon Roi de Hesbon, le Jourdain, et sa borne, jusqu'au bout de la mer de Kinnereth, au delà du Jourdain, vers l'Orient.

28 Tel fut l'héritage des enfants de Gad, selon leurs familles,; [savoir] ces villes-là et leurs villages.

29 Moïse aussi donna à la moitié de la Tribu de Manassé [un héritage], qui est demeuré à la moitié de la Tribu des enfants de Manassé, selon leurs familles.

30 Leur pays fut depuis Mahanajim, tout Basan, [et] tout le Royaume de Hog, Roi de Basan, et tous les bourgs de Jaïr qui sont en Basan, soixante villes.

31 Et la moitié de Galaad, et Hastaroth, et Edréhi, villes du Royaume de Hog en Basan, furent aux enfants de Makir, fils de Manassé, [savoir] à la moitié des enfants de Makir, selon leurs familles.

32 Ce sont là [les pays] que Moïse [étant] dans les campagnes de Moab avait partagés en héritage, de ce qui était au delà du Jourdain de Jérico, vers l'Orient.

33 Or Moïse ne donna point d'héritage à la Tribu de Lévi; [car] l'Eternel le Dieu d'Israël est leur héritage, comme il leur en a parlé.

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 13      

Joshua 13: The start of the tribal territory allocations.

Now that Israel had conquered the land of Canaan, the Lord commanded Joshua to divide the land between the twelve tribes. The next seven chapters tell how the the land of Canaan was divided (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 1413, to read more about the spiritual meaning).

Chapter 13 deals with the territories given to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and one half of Manasseh, all of which are on the other side of the river Jordan. Reuben was given the southern lands; Gad was given the extensive middle region, much of which is an area called Gilead; and half the tribe of Manasseh received the northern land which is on the other side of the Jordan.

It is also worth noting that the first few verses say much of the land remained to be conquered. However, at the end of chapter 11, we read that Joshua took the whole land as the Lord had commanded Moses.

This may seem contradictory, but spiritually it fits very well. In our regeneration, we aim to conquer our self-centred nature, and allow the Lord to rule us with his truth. This is spiritually ‘conquering the whole land’. But even so, our natural thoughts and desires sometimes rise up to trouble us, and these times are like the parts of the land that remain to be conquered. This is why we must recognize our complete dependence on the Lord (Arcana Caelestia 8326).

The Lord giving land as inheritance to each of the twelve tribes represents the way that He gives us our spiritual life. As we do the work of spiritual ‘conquering’ - living by our purpose to serve the Lord - we feel more and more that we can use our understanding of God and His Word in our actions every day.

The twelve tribes stand for the whole spectrum of what spiritual life involves, and each tribe relates to a specific quality of our spiritual living (Arcana Caelestia 3858). For example, we need to be discerning, positive, respectful of others, and so on. Each tribe has a sizeable area of the land, and is part of the integrity of the whole nation.

The territories given to Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh are not part of Canaan, but they are linked to it. These areas represent our outward life: the way we work, live, rest, and relate with other people. This is the ‘casing’ of our spiritual life, and it is essential.

The tribe of Reuben – the eldest son of Jacob – stands for our initial need to see the truths from the Lord in the Word. By ‘seeing’ we mean meeting them, looking carefully, being attentive, coming to understand what they ask of us, and realising how important they are. It is not a vague impression that the Lord’s teachings are important, but a real first step for us (Arcana Caelestia 3866).

The tribe of Gad stands for our ability to see that knowledge and truth need to be used to perform good works. Gad’s name means ‘a troop,’ calling to mind soldiers marching in formation to go and sort things out properly. This is something we can apply to ourselves and to the world around us. We just need to watch that it doesn’t get too heavy-handed (See Swedenborg’s work, Apocalypse Explained 435[7]).

The tribe of Manasseh represents the spiritual good which supports our will to live a life which is just, fair and honourable because it is based on God. In fact, Manasseh – which means ‘forgetfulness’ – stands for our need to remember that ‘my will’ is really ‘the Lord’s will for me’. Our will needs to be focused on outward life and also inwardly open to the Lord, which is why half of Manasseh has land beyond the Jordan and half has land within Canaan (Arcana Caelestia 5353).

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcanes Célestes 3858, 3862

Apocalypse Explained 434


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcanes Célestes 2799, 4117

Apocalypse Revealed 114, 352


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 140, 405, 435, 440, 447, 654

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