ヨシュア記 12

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1 さてヨルダンの向こう日の出の方で、アルノンの谷からヘルモンまで、および東アラバの全土のうちで、イスラエルの人々が撃ち滅ぼして地を取ったの王たちは、次のとおりである。

2 まず、アモリびとの王シホン。彼はヘシボンに住み、その領地は、アルノンの谷のほとりにあるアロエル、および谷のの町から、ギレアデの半ばを占めて、アンモンびととの境であるヤボクに達し、

3 東の方ではアラバをキンネレテの湖まで占め、またアラバのすなわちの東におよび、ベテエシモテの道を経て、南はピスガの山のふもとに達した。

4 次にレパイムの生き残りのひとりであったバシャンの王オグ。彼はアシタロテとエデレイとに住み、

5 ヘルモン、サレカ、およびバシャンの全土を領したので、ゲシュルびと、およびマアカびとと境を接し、またギレアデの半ばを領したので、ヘシボンの王シホンと境を接していた。

6 主のしもべモーセと、イスラエルの人々とが、彼らを撃ち滅ぼし、そして主のしもべモーセは、これらの地を、ルベンびと、ガドびと、およびマナセの半部族に与えて所有とさせた。

7 ヨルダンのこちら、西の方にあって、レバノンの谷にあるバアルガデから、セイルへ上って行く道のハラクまでの間で、ヨシュアと、イスラエルの人々とが、撃ち滅ぼしたの王たちは、次のとおりである。ヨシュアは彼らの地をイスラエルの部族に、それぞれの分を与えて嗣業とさせた。

8 これは、地、平地、アラバ、腹、荒野、およびネゲブであって、ヘテびと、アモリびと、カナンびと、ペリジびと、ヒビびと、エブスびとの所領であった。

9 エリコの王ひとり。ベテルのほとりのアイの王ひとり。

10 エルサレムの王ひとり。ヘブロンの王ひとり。

11 ヤルムテの王ひとり。ラキシの王ひとり。

12 エグロンの王ひとり。ゲゼルの王ひとり。

13 デビルの王ひとり。ゲデルの王ひとり。

14 ホルマの王ひとり。アラデの王ひとり。

15 リブナの王ひとり。アドラムの王ひとり。

16 マッケダの王ひとり。ベテルの王ひとり。

17 タップアの王ひとり。ヘペルの王ひとり。

18 アペクの王ひとり。シャロンの王ひとり。

19 マドンの王ひとり。ハゾルの王ひとり。

20 シムロン・メロンの王ひとり。アクサフの王ひとり。

21 タアナクの王ひとり。メギドの王ひとり。

22 ケデシの王ひとり。カルメルのヨクネアムの王ひとり。

23 ドルの高地におるドルの王ひとり。ガリラヤのゴイイムの王ひとり。

24 テルザの王ひとり。合わせて三十一王である。

  

Exploring the Meaning of ヨシュア記 12      

Joshua 12: The kings who were defeated by Joshua.

This chapter lists the kings who were defeated by Moses on the other side of the river Jordan, and those defeated by Joshua in the land of Canaan. Moses defeated Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, king of Bashan. Joshua defeated 31 kings, and this chapter names their cities one by one.

We might well wonder: what is the use of such a chapter for us? But here it is, included in the Word of God. We will suggest two ways in which this chapter gives us a spiritual message to work with:

First, the sheer number of kings who opposed Israel represent, in a general way, the many things that prevent us from dedicating ourselves to the Lord’s teachings.

Secondly, the many names of the towns that the Israelites defeated are all significant in identifying the various situations we encounter in our spiritual lives (See Swedenborg’s Arcana Caelestia 2009[9]). For example “Joshua” means ‘God is victory’, something we can come to understand as we choose to turn against evil. We can do that because the Lord fights for and with us; we cannot do that alone.

For every heaven there is a corresponding hell (See Swedenborg’s Heaven and Hell 588). If mercy is something of heaven, hell is to do with cruelty and all that goes with it. If innocence is of heaven, hell is to do with intended harm and all that goes with that. Evil is unspeakably precise.

Joshua defeated thirty-one kings. The number thirty stands for combat and also for ‘remnants’, which are deep-seated feelings of good and truth given the Lord gives us during our childhood, to help us combat evil in adult regeneration. Thirty-one would seem to suggest combat going on even past thirty (Arcana Caelestia 5335).

The names of the cities of these kings are given, and each name represents a quality. ‘Israel’ was the name given to Jacob by the Lord, after he had wrestled all night with the angel of God and had prevailed (see Genesis 32:24-28). “Israel” means ‘striving with God’ and also ‘a prince with God’, and it became the name of the people of Israel.

As examples, we will look at three Canaanite cities which fought Israel, and explore the spiritual meaning of their names.

1. The king of Jarmuth, means ‘being downcast by death’. Viewing life only in terms of its inevitable end does terrible things to our sense of purpose, hope and trust. Defeating Jarmuth helps us see that death is a transition into eternal life, and our means of passing from this life into our fullest life.

2. The king of Aphek, means ‘tenacious fortress’. We can quite readily see that evil can be exactly like a tenacious fortress. Evil will hang on like grim death and refuse to let us go. Evil will attempt any number of devious tactics to break us down or undermine our faith. The last thing it will do is to see that we’re resolved, and then finally give up.

3. The king of Taanach, which means ‘sandy, hard to cross’. This might remind us of dangerous quicksands, or the way in which we stumble trying to walk through sand. Again, sometimes evil can appear to give us safer passage on solid ground, before we realize that it is the hells ensnaring us.

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