Joshua 17

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1 E LA sorte che scadde alla tribù di Manasse quantunque egli fosse il primogenito di Giuseppe, fu questa: Alla nazione di Machir, primogenito di Manasse, padre di Galaad, perchè erano uomini di guerra, scadde Galaad, e Basan.

2 Poi scadde la sorte agli altri figliuoli di Manasse, secondo le lor nazioni, cioè: a’ figliuoli di Abiezer, e a’ figliuoli di Helec, e a’ figliuoli di Asriel, e a’ figliuoli di Sechem, e a’ figliuoli di Hefer, e a’ figliuoli di Semida. Questi furono i figliuoli maschi di Manasse, figliuoli di Giuseppe, distinti per le lor nazioni.

3 Or Selofad, figliuolo di Hefer, figliuolo di Galaad, figliuolo di Machir, figliuolo di Manasse, non ebbe figliuoli, ma sol figliuole; delle quali i nomi sono Mahala, Noa, Hogla, Milca e Tirsa.

4 Ed esse si presentarono davanti al Sacerdote Eleazaro, e davanti a Giosuè, figliuolo di Nun, e davanti a’ principali, dicendo: Il Signore comandò a Mosè di darci eredità per mezzo i nostri fratelli. Giosuè adunque diede loro eredità per mezzo i fratelli di lor padre, secondo il comandamento del Signore.

5 Scaddero adunque dieci parti a Manasse, oltre al paese di Galaad e di Basan, ch’è di là dal Giordano;

6 perciocchè quelle figliuole di Manasse ebbero eredità per mezzo i figliuoli di esso; e il paese di Galaad fu per lo rimanente de’ figliuoli di Manasse.

7 E il confine di Manasse, dal lato di Aser, fu Micmetat, che è dirimpetto a Sichem; poi questo confine andava a man destra verso gli abitanti di Entappua.

8 Il paese di Tappua fu di Manasse; ma Tappua, che è a’ confini di Manasse, fu de’ figliuoli di Efraim.

9 Poi quel confine scendeva alla Valle delle canne; le città dal lato meridionale di detta valle furono di Efraim, per mezzo le città di Manasse; ma il confine di Manasse fu dal Settentrione di essa valle, e faceva capo al mare.

10 Quello ch’era verso il Mezzodì fu di Efraim, e quello ch’era verso il Settentrione fu di Manasse; e il mare era il lor confine; e dal Settentrione confinavano con Ascer, e dall’Oriente con Issacar.

11 E Manasse ebbe in quel d’Issacar, e in quel di Aser, Bet-sean, e le terre del suo territorio; e Ibleam, e le terre del suo territorio; e gli abitanti di Dor, e le terre del suo territorio; e gli abitanti di Endor, e le terre del suo territorio; e gli abitanti di Taanac, e le terre del suo territorio; e gli abitanti di Meghiddo, e le terre del suo territorio; che sono tre contrade.

12 Or i figliuoli di Manasse non poterono scacciar gli abitanti di quelle città; anzi i Cananei si misero in cuore di abitare in quel paese.

13 Ma, dopo che i figliuoli d’Israele si furono rinforzati, fecero tributari i Cananei; ma pur non li scacciarono.

14 Or i figliuoli di Giuseppe parlarono a Giosuè, dicendo: Perchè mi hai tu data per eredità una sola sorte, ed una sola parte, poichè io sono un gran popolo, secondo che il Signore mi ha benedetto infino ad ora?

15 E Giosuè disse loro: Se tu sei un gran popolo, sali al bosco, e sboscati delle terre nel paese de’ Ferizzei, e dei Rafei, poichè il monte di Efraim è troppo stretto per te.

16 E i figliuoli di Giuseppe dissero: Quel monte non ci basta; e in tutte le città de’ Cananei, che stanno nel paese della pianura, vi sono de’ carri di ferro; quelli che stanno in Bet-sean, e nelle terre del suo territorio, e quelli che stanno nelle valle d’Izreel ne hanno anch’essi.

17 Ma Giosuè parlò alla casa di Giuseppe, ad Efraim, ed a Manasse, dicendo: Tu sei un gran popolo, ed hai gran forze; tu non avrai una sola porzione.

18 Perciocchè il monte sarà tuo, e se quello è un bosco, sboscalo, e sarà tuo, quanto egli si stenderà; perciocchè tu ne scaccerai i Cananei, benchè abbiano dei carri di ferro, e sieno potenti.


Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 17      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 17: The tribe of Manasseh receives the western half of its territory.

The previous chapter (Joshua 16) dealt with the territory given to Ephraim, Manasseh’s younger brother; this one covers the western half of Manasseh (the other half tribe of Manasseh was bound to live across the Jordan).

Interestingly, this chapter mentions many people by name, instead of only describing locations as we’ve seen before. Verses 1 and 2 list all seven of Manasseh’s sons and their families. Then verse 3 mentions Zelophehad, the great-grandson of Manasseh, who had had five daughters, but no sons. When Zelophehad died on the journey through the wilderness, his daughters came to Joshua to claim the inheritance Moses had promised them (see Numbers 27). So, both the sons and daughters of Manasseh’s family received land.

After the area given to Manasseh was outlined, the people of Ephraim and Manasseh came to Joshua and complained that they deserved more land, because of their important standing among the tribes of Israel (verse 14). They claimed that they had been specially blessed, and should receive much more.

Joshua told them that if they were such a great people, they should go to the forest country and seize land from the Perrizites and the giants living there. The people were not pleased, and told Joshua that the Canaanites who still roamed there were strong, and had chariots of iron. Even so, Joshua told them again to cut down the wood and use it, because they would eventually be able to drive out the Canaanites.

The spiritual meaning of this story is all about the relationship between good and truth. Again, there are many names to indicate the geography of the area of “West Manasseh”, and the meaning of these names very often links in with the spiritual meaning of the tribe. Beyond that, the specific area in Canaan given to a tribe is spiritually important. Ephraim and Manasseh are right in the middle of the land because they stand for truth and good, for truth leading to good, for good coming from truth.

The story about Zelophehad’s five daughters also relates to the place of truth and good. This is because sons stand for truths, often for truths which fight for us during our temptations, while daughters stand for the good in our spiritual life which bears ‘children’ (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 8993 [3,4]).

Verses 5 and 6 describe this union of good and truth very beautifully: “Ten portions were given to Manasseh because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons; and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead.” It is worth noting here that the spiritual meaning of the number ‘ten’ has to do with wholeness, and also ‘remains,’ or memories, which the Lord imparts to us when we are very young (Arcana Caelestia 4638).

When the people of Ephraim and Manasseh complained to Joshua, it is much like us wanting our spiritual life to be easy. We want it to be something given to us, and not something which we will need to work on and even fight for in ourselves.

Finally, the meaning of using wooden chariots to fight the Canaanites means to fight from our love of what is good. This is because wood corresponds to good, since it is alive and has grown. ‘Iron’ here stands for the harshness of truth without any good, which appears invincible, but in reality is weaker than the power of goodness and love (Arcana Caelestia 426[3]).

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 17      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 17: The tribe of Manasseh receives the western half of its territory.

The previous chapter (Joshua 16) dealt with the territory given to Ephraim, Manasseh’s younger brother; this one covers the western half of Manasseh (the other half tribe of Manasseh was bound to live across the Jordan).

Interestingly, this chapter mentions many people by name, instead of only describing locations as we’ve seen before. Verses 1 and 2 list all seven of Manasseh’s sons and their families. Then verse 3 mentions Zelophehad, the great-grandson of Manasseh, who had had five daughters, but no sons. When Zelophehad died on the journey through the wilderness, his daughters came to Joshua to claim the inheritance Moses had promised them (see Numbers 27). So, both the sons and daughters of Manasseh’s family received land.

After the area given to Manasseh was outlined, the people of Ephraim and Manasseh came to Joshua and complained that they deserved more land, because of their important standing among the tribes of Israel (verse 14). They claimed that they had been specially blessed, and should receive much more.

Joshua told them that if they were such a great people, they should go to the forest country and seize land from the Perrizites and the giants living there. The people were not pleased, and told Joshua that the Canaanites who still roamed there were strong, and had chariots of iron. Even so, Joshua told them again to cut down the wood and use it, because they would eventually be able to drive out the Canaanites.

The spiritual meaning of this story is all about the relationship between good and truth. Again, there are many names to indicate the geography of the area of “West Manasseh”, and the meaning of these names very often links in with the spiritual meaning of the tribe. Beyond that, the specific area in Canaan given to a tribe is spiritually important. Ephraim and Manasseh are right in the middle of the land because they stand for truth and good, for truth leading to good, for good coming from truth.

The story about Zelophehad’s five daughters also relates to the place of truth and good. This is because sons stand for truths, often for truths which fight for us during our temptations, while daughters stand for the good in our spiritual life which bears ‘children’ (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 8993 [3,4]).

Verses 5 and 6 describe this union of good and truth very beautifully: “Ten portions were given to Manasseh because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons; and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead.” It is worth noting here that the spiritual meaning of the number ‘ten’ has to do with wholeness, and also ‘remains,’ or memories, which the Lord imparts to us when we are very young (Arcana Caelestia 4638).

When the people of Ephraim and Manasseh complained to Joshua, it is much like us wanting our spiritual life to be easy. We want it to be something given to us, and not something which we will need to work on and even fight for in ourselves.

Finally, the meaning of using wooden chariots to fight the Canaanites means to fight from our love of what is good. This is because wood corresponds to good, since it is alive and has grown. ‘Iron’ here stands for the harshness of truth without any good, which appears invincible, but in reality is weaker than the power of goodness and love (Arcana Caelestia 426[3]).

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Apocalypse Revealed 349


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 1574, 3708, 3858, 3862, 9338


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 431, 440

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tribù
'A tribe' signifies the church with respect to its truths and goods, and in the opposite sense, with respect to its falsities and evils. 'A...

manasse
'Manasseh' signifies the will of the spiritual church.

primogenito
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Giuseppe
Joseph, Jacob’s eleventh son, is one of the favorite characters in the Bible, with his troubles, his triumphs over them, and his constant trust in...

Machir
Machir' signifies the same as 'Manasseh' because Machir was the son of Manasseh.

padre
Padre nella Parola significa ciò che è più interiore, e nelle cose che seguono l'ordine del Signore, significa ciò che è buono. Nel senso più...

uomini
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

guerra
La guerra nella Parola rappresenta il combattimento della tentazione quando ciò che è bene è assalito da ciò che è male o falso. Il male...

figliuoli
'A son,' as in Genesis 5:28, signifies the rise of a new church. 'Son,' as in Genesis 24:3, signifies the Lord’s rationality regarding good. 'A...

figliuolo
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

figliuole
Marriages among people – both in the Bible and in life – represent spiritual marriage. Women represent the desire to be good and to do...

nomi
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

giosuè
Joshua is first mentioned in Exodus 17, where he is told to select men to fight for the children of Israel against the Amalekites in...

signore
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

mosè
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...

Mosè di
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...

eredità
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...

mezzo
'Middle' denotes what is primary, principal, or inmost.

fratelli
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comandamento
Comandare è dare un ordine che qualcosa deve essere fatto, ed è diretto a un individuo o a un gruppo. È un imperativo, non un...

dieci
Most places in Swedenborg identify “ten” as representing “all,” or in some cases “many” or “much.” The Ten Commandments represent all the guidance we get...

giordano
The land of Jordan,' as in Psalm 42:6, signifies what is lowly, consequently, what is distant from the celestial, as the external parts of a...

rimanente
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confine
A border as in Isaiah 54:12 signifies the scientific and sensual principle. "And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand-breath round about."...

sichem
In Genesis 12:6, 'Abram’s passing through the land unto the place Shechem' signifies a new state of the Lord when the celestial aspects of love...

abitanti
Inhabitants,' in Isaiah 26:9, signify the men of the church who are in good of doctrine, and thence in the good of life.

efraim
Efraim era il secondo figlio nato da Giuseppe in Egitto e fu, insieme a suo fratello maggiore Manasse, elevato da Giacobbe allo stesso status dei...

città
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...

lato
'Side' signifies good or spiritual love.

meridionale
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settentrione
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mare
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mezzodì
In the Word, 'the south' or 'midday' means a state of light, which is a state of intelligence produced by truths, thus also an interior...

issacar
Issachar,' in the highest sense, signifies the divine good of truth, and truth of good. In a spiritual sense, he signifies celestial conjugial love, which...

d’issacar
Issachar,' in the highest sense, signifies the divine good of truth, and truth of good. In a spiritual sense, he signifies celestial conjugial love, which...

meghiddo
'Megiddo,' as in 2 Chronicles 3, signifies the same as Armageddon.

tre
The Writings talk about many aspects of life using the philosophical terms "end," "cause" and "effect." The "end" is someone’s goal or purpose, the ultimate...

abitare
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d’israele
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

israele
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benedetto
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disse
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

bosco
Plants in general stand for facts, knowledge, ideas, so it makes sense that a forest in the Bible represents a collection or system of external,...

terre
'Lands' of different nations are used in the Word to signify the different kinds of love prevalent in the inhabitants.

ferro
'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...

valle
Mountains in the Bible represent people's highest points, where we are closest to the Lord - our love of the Lord and the state of...

parlò
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

casa
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

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