Joshua 7

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1 Ma i figliuoli d’Israele commisero una infedeltà circa l’interdetto; poiché Acan, figliuolo di Carmi, figliuolo di Zabdi, figliuolo di Zerach, della tribù di Giuda prese dell’interdetto, e l’ira dell’Eterno s’accese contro i figliuoli d’Israele.

2 E Giosuè mandò degli uomini da Gerico ad Ai, ch’è vicina a Beth-Aven a oriente di Bethel, e disse loro: "Salite ed esplorate il paese". E quelli salirono ed esplorarono Ai.

3 Poi tornarono da Giosuè e gli dissero: "Non occorre che salga tutto il popolo; ma salgano un due o tremila uomini, e sconfiggeranno Ai; non stancare tutto il popolo, mandandolo là, perché quelli sono in pochi".

4 Così vi salirono un tremila uomini di tra il popolo, i quali si dettero alla fuga davanti alla gente d’Ai.

5 E la gente d’Ai ne uccise circa trentasei, li inseguì dalla porta fino a Scebarim, e li mise in rotta nella scesa. E il cuore del popolo si strusse e divenne come acqua.

6 Giosuè si stracciò le vesti e si gettò col viso a terra davanti all’arca dell’Eterno; stette così fino alla sera, egli con gli anziani d’Israele, e si gettarono della polvere sul capo.

7 E Giosuè disse: "Ahi, Signore, Eterno, perché hai tu fatto passare il Giordano a questo popolo per darci in mano degli Amorei e farci perire? Oh, ci fossimo pur contentati di rimanere di là dal Giordano!

8 Ahimè, Signore, che dirò io, ora che Israele ha voltato le spalle ai suoi nemici?

9 I Cananei e tutti gli abitanti del paese lo verranno a sapere, ci avvolgeranno, e faranno sparire il nostro nome dalla terra; e tu che farai per il tuo gran nome?"

10 E l’Eterno disse a Giosuè: "Lèvati! Perché ti sei tu così prostrato con la faccia a terra?

11 Israele ha peccato; essi hanno trasgredito il patto ch’io avevo loro comandato d’osservare; han perfino preso dell’interdetto, l’han perfino rubato, han perfino mentito, e l’han messo fra i loro bagagli.

12 Perciò i figliuoli d’Israele non potranno stare a fronte dei loro nemici e volteranno le spalle davanti a loro, perché son divenuti essi stessi interdetti. Io non sarò più con voi, se non distruggete l’interdetto di mezzo a voi.

13 Lèvati, santifica il popolo e digli: Santificatevi per domani, perché così ha detto l’Eterno, l’Iddio d’Israele: O Israele, c’è dell’interdetto in mezzo a te! Tu non potrai stare a fronte de’ tuoi nemici, finché non abbiate tolto l’interdetto di mezzo a voi.

14 Domattina dunque v’accosterete tribù per tribù; e la tribù che l’Eterno designerà, s’accosterà famiglia per famiglia; e la famiglia che l’Eterno designerà, s’accosterà casa per casa; e la casa che l’Eterno avrà designata, s’accosterà persona per persona.

15 E colui che sarà designato come avendo preso dell’interdetto sarà dato alle fiamme con tutto quello che gli appartiene, perché ha trasgredito il patto dell’Eterno e ha commesso un’infamia in Israele".

16 Giosuè dunque si levò la mattina di buon’ora, e fece accostare Israele tribù per tribù; e la tribù di Giuda fu designata.

17 Poi fece accostare le famiglie di Giuda, e la famiglia degli Zerachiti fu designata. Poi fece accostare la famiglia degli Zerachiti persona per persona, e Zabdi fu designato.

18 Poi fece accostare la casa di Zabdi persona per persona, e fu designato Acan, figliuolo di Carmi, figliuolo di Zabdi, figliuolo di Zerach, della tribù di Giuda.

19 Allora Giosuè disse ad Acan: "Figliuol mio, da’ gloria all’Eterno, all’Iddio d’Israele, rendigli omaggio, e dimmi quello che hai fatto; non me lo celare".

20 Acan rispose a Giosuè e disse: "E’ vero; ho peccato contro l’Eterno, l’Iddio d’Israele, ed ecco precisamente quello che ho fatto.

21 Ho veduto fra le spoglie un bel mantello di Scinear, duecento sicli d’argento e una verga d’oro del peso di cinquanta sicli; ho bramato quelle cose, le ho prese; ecco, son nascoste in terra in mezzo alla mia tenda; e l’argento è sotto".

22 Allora Giosuè mandò de’ messi, i quali corsero alla tenda; ed ecco che il mantello v’era nascosto; e l’argento stava sotto.

23 Essi presero quelle cose di mezzo alla tenda, le portarono a Giosuè e a tutti i figliuoli d’Israele, e le deposero davanti all’Eterno.

24 E Giosuè e tutto Israele con lui presero Acan, figliuolo di Zerach, l’argento, il mantello, la verga d’oro, i suoi figliuoli e le sue figliuole, i suoi bovi, i suoi asini, le sue pecore, la sua tenda e tutto quello che gli apparteneva, e li fecero salire nella valle di Acor.

25 E Giosuè disse: "Perché ci hai tu conturbati? L’Eterno conturberà te in questo giorno!" E tutto Israele lo lapidò; e dopo aver lapidati gli altri, dettero tutti alle fiamme.

26 Poi ammassarono sopra Acan un gran mucchio di pietre, che dura fino al dì d’oggi. E l’Eterno s’acquetò dell’ardente sua ira. Perciò quel luogo e stato chiamato fino al dì d’oggi "valle di Acòr".

  

Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 7      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 7: The defeat at Ai, and the sin of Achan.

This chapter opens with the statement that Israel had sinned at Jericho, because an Israelite named Achan had kept something for himself, against the Lord's commandment. (But Joshua doesn't know this yet.)

The great victory at Jericho was quickly followed by an embarrassing defeat at Ai. The Israelites hadn't expected much difficulty in taking Ai, and sent just a few thousand men to attack it. They were routed.

Spiritually, we might say that pride goes before a fall, but more specifically, in the work of our regeneration we are never to rest on our laurels, but to always stay alert to each situation and how we are internally handling it. (Apocalypse Revealed 158)

Understandably, Joshua pours out his heart to the Lord, wondering why they have even crossed over the Jordan to simply be destroyed. The Lord tells him that their defeat at Ai was because Israel sinned by taking some of the forbidden things of Jericho. The Lord explains how to put this right, by identifying the wrongdoer and destroying him and his family.

Note the weakness of Joshua (as earlier also with Moses at times) when things go wrong and he feels confused, full of doubt, hurt and afraid. When things go well, we go well; when things go badly, we tend to go to pieces. And we ask, “Why? Why this, why me, why now?”

The Lord’s answer is a command, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face?” This is a pretty plain meaning: The Lord wants us to use such setbacks to be able to go forward, seeing the problem as a challenge and an opportunity and learning point.

Joshua is told to find the source of the wrong and the defeat. From all the tribes, one tribe will be selected by the Lord. From all its families, one family will be chosen. From all its households, one household will be chosen, and from that household, one man will be chosen. And Achan was the man and he is brought out. (Arcana Caelestia 5135)

This drawing-by-lot is a remarkable picture of our spiritual self-examination. We’re told that to make our general confession of ‘having done what we should not have done’ is almost worthless because we are likely to just carry on the same afterwards. (Arcana Caelestia 8390) Our personal inventory must be specific. What kind of thoughts have I been allowing myself recently? What did that make me feel in my heart? Did I welcome it or want nothing to do with it? It’s a kind of pinpointing, and it leads us to Achan, whose name in Hebrew means ‘trouble’ and ‘troubler’. (The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 164)

Achan, discovered, doesn't hide or deny his wrongdoing but openly admits that he has sinned against the Lord. He'd seen a beautiful garment, much silver, and a chunk of gold, and took them, and hid them in the earth in the middle of his tent. He confesses and indeed, his confession is transparent. So must our confession be when we see things in ourselves that go against the Lord’s truths and ways. They bring forth his stolen goods from his tent.

Then, in a comprehensive way, Joshua took everything Achan owned in its entirety, including the stolen goods, to the Valley of Achor (a name again meaning ‘trouble’) and stoned him and all his family and burned them with fire and raised a heap of stones over it all. This, to us, might well sound like a brutal and an unwarranted punishment.

Spiritually, the Lord does not punish us, ever. Rather, he commands that we turn from our evils, and suffer the consequences if we don't. The Lord does this to help and encourage us to stop following our own way and to commit ourselves to following and living His way. We can only conquer Canaan, representing heaven, when we do this. (Arcana Caelestia 8622)

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 7      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff and Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 7: The defeat at Ai, and the sin of Achan.

This chapter opens with the statement that Israel had sinned at Jericho, because an Israelite named Achan had kept something for himself, against the Lord's commandment. (But Joshua doesn't know this yet.)

The great victory at Jericho was quickly followed by an embarrassing defeat at Ai. The Israelites hadn't expected much difficulty in taking Ai, and sent just a few thousand men to attack it. They were routed.

Spiritually, we might say that pride goes before a fall, but more specifically, in the work of our regeneration we are never to rest on our laurels, but to always stay alert to each situation and how we are internally handling it. (Apocalypse Revealed 158)

Understandably, Joshua pours out his heart to the Lord, wondering why they have even crossed over the Jordan to simply be destroyed. The Lord tells him that their defeat at Ai was because Israel sinned by taking some of the forbidden things of Jericho. The Lord explains how to put this right, by identifying the wrongdoer and destroying him and his family.

Note the weakness of Joshua (as earlier also with Moses at times) when things go wrong and he feels confused, full of doubt, hurt and afraid. When things go well, we go well; when things go badly, we tend to go to pieces. And we ask, “Why? Why this, why me, why now?”

The Lord’s answer is a command, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face?” This is a pretty plain meaning: The Lord wants us to use such setbacks to be able to go forward, seeing the problem as a challenge and an opportunity and learning point.

Joshua is told to find the source of the wrong and the defeat. From all the tribes, one tribe will be selected by the Lord. From all its families, one family will be chosen. From all its households, one household will be chosen, and from that household, one man will be chosen. And Achan was the man and he is brought out. (Arcana Caelestia 5135)

This drawing-by-lot is a remarkable picture of our spiritual self-examination. We’re told that to make our general confession of ‘having done what we should not have done’ is almost worthless because we are likely to just carry on the same afterwards. (Arcana Caelestia 8390) Our personal inventory must be specific. What kind of thoughts have I been allowing myself recently? What did that make me feel in my heart? Did I welcome it or want nothing to do with it? It’s a kind of pinpointing, and it leads us to Achan, whose name in Hebrew means ‘trouble’ and ‘troubler’. (The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 164)

Achan, discovered, doesn't hide or deny his wrongdoing but openly admits that he has sinned against the Lord. He'd seen a beautiful garment, much silver, and a chunk of gold, and took them, and hid them in the earth in the middle of his tent. He confesses and indeed, his confession is transparent. So must our confession be when we see things in ourselves that go against the Lord’s truths and ways. They bring forth his stolen goods from his tent.

Then, in a comprehensive way, Joshua took everything Achan owned in its entirety, including the stolen goods, to the Valley of Achor (a name again meaning ‘trouble’) and stoned him and all his family and burned them with fire and raised a heap of stones over it all. This, to us, might well sound like a brutal and an unwarranted punishment.

Spiritually, the Lord does not punish us, ever. Rather, he commands that we turn from our evils, and suffer the consequences if we don't. The Lord does this to help and encourage us to stop following our own way and to commit ourselves to following and living His way. We can only conquer Canaan, representing heaven, when we do this. (Arcana Caelestia 8622)

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