1 Samuel 9

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1 And there was a man of Benjamin, and his name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a man of Benjamin, mighty of valor.

2 And he had a son, and his name was Saul, a young·​·man and good; and there was not a man of the sons of Israel better than he; from his shoulder and upwards he was taller than any of the people.

3 And the she·​·donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were·​·lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the lads with thee, and arise, go seek the she·​·donkeys.

4 And he crossed into Mount Ephraim, and crossed into the land of Shalishah, and found them not; and they crossed into the land of Shaalim, and there they were not: and he crossed into the land of Benjamin and found them not.

5 They were come to the land of Zuph, and Saul said to his lad who was with him, come, and let us return; lest my father stop being anxious for the she·​·donkeys, and be·​·anxious for us.

6 And he said to him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and the man is honored*; all that he speaks, coming comes to be. Now let us go thither; perhaps he will tell us our way which we shall go.

7 And Saul said to his lad, But behold, we go, and what shall we bring to the man? For the bread is·​·spent from our vessels and there is not a present to bring to the man of God; what have we with us?

8 And the lad answered Saul again, and said, behold, there is found in my hand the fourth of a shekel of silver, and I will give it to the man of God, and he will tell to us our way.

9 Before, in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he said thus: Let us go to the seer; for he who is called the prophet today was formerly called the seer.

10 And Saul said to his lad, Thy word is good; come, let us go. And they went to the city, where the man of God was.

11 They were going·​·up in going·​·up to the city, and they found damsels going·​·out to draw water, and said to them, Is the seer in this place?

12 And they answered them and said, He is; behold, he is before you; make·​·haste now, for he came this day to the city, for there is a sacrifice of the people today in the high·​·place.

13 As you come·​·into the city, you shall find him thus, before he goes·​·up to the high·​·place to eat; for the people will not eat until he come, for he blesses the sacrifice. After that, they who are called will eat. And now, go·​·up, for as to him, this very day you shall find him.

14 And they went·​·up to the city. They had come into the midst of the city, and behold, Samuel came out to meet them, to go·​·up to the high·​·place.

15 And Jehovah had revealed to the ear of Samuel one day before Saul came, saying,

16 Tomorrow about this time I will send a man to thee from the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him for a monarch over My people Israel, and he shall save My people out·​·of the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen My people, for their cry is come to Me.

17 And Samuel saw Saul, and Jehovah answered him, Behold the man of whom I said to thee; he shall retain My people.

18 And Saul approached Samuel in the midst of the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the house of the seer is?

19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer; go·​·up before me unto the high·​·place, and you shall eat with me today, and in the morning I will send thee away and will tell thee all that is in thy heart.

20 And as for the she·​·donkeys that were·​·lost to thee three days ago today, set not thy heart on them, for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not for thee and for all the house of thy father?

21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? And wherefore speakest thou unto me according to this word?

22 And Samuel took Saul and his lad, and brought them into the room, and gave them a place at the head of them that were called, and they were about thirty men.

23 And Samuel said to the one who slaughtered, Give the portion which I gave to thee, of which I said to thee, Set it with thee.

24 And he who slaughtered it lifted·​·up the hind·​·quarter and what was upon it, and set it before Saul. And he said, Behold, that which is left. Set it before thee; eat. For it is kept for thee for this solemn·​·occasion, saying: I have called the people. And Saul ate with Samuel on that day.

25 And they went·​·down from the high·​·place to the city, and he spoke with Saul on the roof.

26 And they got·​·up·​·early; and it was, as the dawn came·​·up, that Samuel called Saul to the roof, saying: Arise, and I will send· thee ·away. And Saul arose, and the two of them went·​·out, he and Samuel, outside.

27 They were going·​·down into the edge of the city, and Samuel said unto Saul, Say to the lad that he pass·​·on before us (and he passed·​·on), and stand thou this day, and I will cause thee to hear the word of God.

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Exploring the Meaning of 1_Samuel 9      

In this chapter we are introduced to Saul, the son of Kish, from the tribe of Benjamin. He was outstandingly handsome, and a whole head taller than everyone else.

One day he was out searching for his father’s lost donkeys. It became a long journey, with no success. Saul was becoming more and more desperate, when his servant told him that nearby was a man of God, who might be able to show them the way. That man was Samuel. Saul made sure that he had a suitable offering to bring to Samuel, who was at that time called a seer, another name for a prophet.

On that day, Samuel was on his way to preside over a sacrifice. The Lord had told him that he would encounter the man who would be anointed commander of the people and save them from the Philistines. When he saw Saul, he immediately recognized him as this man. He invited Saul to the sacrifice, and told him that the donkeys Saul was searching for were safe. Saul ate with Samuel, who gave him the best of the meat offering. The next day Samuel asked Saul to wait a moment before leaving, and then Samuel delivered the Lord’s message.

Throughout the story, high places are mentioned. Samuel invites Saul to accompany him to a high place, and later to a rooftop. Swedenborg writes that this is representative of a king. Saul became king of the Israelites (see Spiritual Experiences 2472).

Another interesting aspect of the story is its mention of Saul’s attractive appearance. We as humans are often drawn to things which seem attractive to us. In each of us there are two parts: one part is external or sensual, and the other is internal or spiritual. We cannot fully understand the Lord when we are only thinking from the external part of ourselves. When this part of ourselves dominates, the Lord can seem distant. We need the spiritual part of us to be awake to develop a new relationship with God (see Heaven and Hell 85).

The idea of having a king, Saul, may have seemed attractive to the Israelites. But it may not have been the best idea for their relationship with God. In the previous chapter we learned that by transitioning from having a prophet to having a king, the Israelites prioritized one aspect of their relationship with God over another: faith over charity, or truth over goodness. In reality, we need both.

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Spiritual Experiences 2472


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 796, 2534, 4262, 7836, 9160, 9248, 10184

Heaven and Hell 76


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 661

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mighty
'Might' denotes the forces or power of truth.

valor
Mighty,' as in Revelation 19:18, signify people who are educated about doctrine derived from the Word. By extension, 'mighty' signifies education or learning derived from...

name
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...

Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.

son
Marriages in the Bible represent the union we all can have between the desire for good and the understanding of truth (or an understanding of...

seek
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...

mount
'Mount Olivet' signifies the celestial church, or celestial good, which comes from love towards the Lord, and divine love.

ephraim
Ephraim was the second son born to Joseph in Egypt and was, along with his older brother Manasseh, elevated by Jacob to the same status...

return
There are many instances in the Bible which describe people turning back, looking back or going back. In most cases it is a negative, sometimes...

glorified
'Honor' signifies the good of love. 'To honor,' as mentioned in Isaiah 24:15, signifies worship and adoration. 'To honor thy father and thy mother,' as...

coming
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

comes
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

bring
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “bring” is highly dependent on context, but in general it represents an introduction to a new...

bread
The word “bread” is used two ways in the Bible. In some cases it means actual bread; in others it stands for food in general....

vessels
Instruments of music,' according to correspondences, signify the pleasant and delightful affection of spiritual and celestial things. Therefore, also in many of the Psalms of...

shekel
'A shekel' signifies the price or estimation of good and truth, and 'half a shekel' signifies the determination of the quantity thereof.

silver
'Silver,' in the internal sense of the Word, signifies truth, but also falsity. 'Silver' means the truth of faith, or the truth acquired from selfhood,...

way
'To set a way,' as in Genesis 30:36, signifies being separated.

prophet
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

good
It seems rather circular to say that “good” in the Bible represents good, but in a general sense it’s true! The case is this: The...

damsels
The damsels of Rebecca, in Genesis 24:61, signify subservient affections. See Daughter.

water
'Waters' signify truths in the natural self, and in the opposite sense, falsities. 'Waters' signify particularly the spiritual parts of a person, or the intellectual...

haste
'To hasten' or 'hastiness' in the internal sense, does not denote what is quick, but what is certain, and also what is full, thus every...

find
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.

goes
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

blesses
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after
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

meet
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one
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came
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tomorrow
'Tomorrow' signifies eternity.

Time
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land
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anoint
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save
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hand
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seen
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come
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saw
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jehovah
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man
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people
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midst
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gate
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house of the
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morning
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tell
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To
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three
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days
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today
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heart
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found
To not to be found any more, signifies not to rise again.

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

father
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answered
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smallest
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tribes
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israel
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family
Families (Gen 8:19) signify goodnesses and truths arranged in man by the Lord, according to order. Families have respect to truths. (Nahum 3:4)

families
Families (Gen 8:19) signify goodnesses and truths arranged in man by the Lord, according to order. Families have respect to truths. (Nahum 3:4)

Benjamin
'The tribe of Zebulon' signifies the conjunction of people in the third heaven with the Lord, 'the tribe of Joseph,' the conjunction of people in...

Room
'A room' or 'place' denotes state.

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

give
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eat
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kept
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ate
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

high
'Height' signifies what is inward, and also heaven.

early
Since the sun represents the Lord, the early morning and sunrise represent a state of enlightenment, with a new and clear understanding coming after a...

dawn
Since the sun represents the Lord, the early morning and sunrise represent a state of enlightenment, with a new and clear understanding coming after a...

called
To call someone or summon someone in the Bible represents a desire for conjunction between higher and lower states of life. For instance, imagine someone...

roof
The roof of a house is its highest point, and the part most exposed to the sun. So it makes sense that in the Bible,...

arise
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

send
'To send' signifies revealing.

two
The number "two" has two different meanings in the Bible. In most cases "two" indicates a joining together or unification. This is easy to see...

going
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

down
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...

city
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jer. 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

samuel
'Samuel' signifies the Word.

said
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...

saul
'Saul,' as a king, represents divine truth.

say
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...

lad
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...

pass
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...

before
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

passed
'To pass,' as in Genesis 31:52, signifies flowing in. 'To pass the night,' as in Genesis 24:54, signifies having peace. 'To pass through,' as in...

stand
'To sit before Jehovah' is to be with Him, and so, it also means willing and acting from Him. 'To stand before Him,' is to...

day
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

hear
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

the Word
In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...

the Word of God
In general, we tend to be very aware of how knowing what's true leads to doing what is good. That starts as children, with parents...

Word of God
'The Word of God,' as in Revelation 17:17, signifies the things foretold in the Word.

word
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

God
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

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