Joshua 6

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1 And Jericho was closed·​·up and had closed· itself ·up from before the sons of Israel; none went·​·out and none came·​·in.

2 And Jehovah said to Joshua, See, I have given into thy hand Jericho and her king and* the mighty·​·men of valor.

3 And you shall go·​·around the city, all the men of war, circle the city one time. Thus shalt thou do six days.

4 And seven priests shall bear seven shophars* of the jubilee before the ark; and on the seventh day you shall go·​·around the city seven times, and the priests shall sound with the shophars,

5 and it shall be when they shall draw·​·out a blast with the horn of the jubilee, when you hear the voice of the shophar, all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city shall fall under itself and the people shall go·​·up, each man to the front·​·of him.

6 And Joshua the son of Nun called to the priests, and said to them, Bear the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests Bear seven shophars of jubilee before the ark of Jehovah.

7 And they said to the people, cross·​·over and go·​·around the city, and let him who is armed cross·​·over before the ark of Jehovah.

8 And it was, as Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests bearing the seven shophars of jubilee before Jehovah crossed·​·over, and sounded with the shophars, and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah going after them.

9 And he who was armed walked before the priests who sounded the shophars, and they who gathered·​·in the column* walked after the ark, walking and the priests sounding with the shophars.

10 And Joshua commanded the people, saying, You shall not shout nor let your voice be heard, neither shall a word go·​·out of your mouth, until the day of my saying to you, shout; then shall you shout.

11 And he caused the ark of Jehovah to go·​·around the city, circling it one time; and they came to the camp and passed·​·the·​·night in the camp.

12 And Joshua got·​·up·​·early in the morning, and the priests lifted·​·up the ark of Jehovah.

13 And seven of the priests bearing the seven shophars of the jubilee walked before the ark of Jehovah, walking and sounding with the shophars, and he who was armed walking before them, and they who gathered·​·in the column walked behind the ark of Jehovah, the priests walking and sounding with the shophars.

14 And they went·​·around the city the second day one time and returned to the camp; thus they did six days.

15 And it was, on the seventh day, that they got·​·up·​·early as the dawn came·​·up, and went·​·around the city according·​·to this manner seven times; only on that day they went·​·around the city seven times.

16 And it was, at the seventh time, the priests sounded with the shophars, and Joshua said to the people, Shout, for Jehovah has given to you the city.

17 And the city shall be devoted,* she and all that is in her, to Jehovah; only Raḥab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, for she hid·​·away the messengers whom we sent.

18 And you, only keep yourselves from the devoted·​·thing; lest when you have devoted it, you take of the devoted·​·thing and you make the camp of Israel a doomed·​·thing, and trouble it.

19 And all the silver and gold and vessels of bronze and iron, it is holiness to Jehovah; it shall come·​·into the treasury of Jehovah.

20 And the people shouted, and they sounded with the shophars; and it was, as the people heard the voice of the shophar, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell under itself, and the people went·​·up into the city, each·​·man to the front·​·of him, and they captured the city.

21 And they devoted all that was in the city, from a man even·​·to a woman, from a lad even·​·to an elder, and even·​·to an ox, and a sheep, and a donkey, to the mouth of the sword.

22 And Joshua said unto the two men that had spied·​·out the land, Go·​·into the house of the woman, the harlot, and bring·​·out thence the woman, and all that she has, as you promised to her.

23 And the lads, the spies, came and brought·​·out Raḥab and her father, and her mother, and her brothers, and all that she had; and all her families they brought·​·out, and placed them outside the camp of Israel.

24 And the city they burnt·​·up with fire, and all that was in her; only the silver and the gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they gave into the treasure of the house of Jehovah.

25 But Raḥab the harlot and the house of her father and all that she had, Joshua caused to live, and she dwells among Israel to this day; for she hid·​·away the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy·​·out Jericho.

26 And Joshua promised at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before Jehovah, who rises·​·up and builds this city Jericho; with his firstborn shall he lay· her ·foundation, and with the youngest he shall set·​·up her doors.

27 And Jehovah was with Joshua; and his fame was in all the land.

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 6      

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

Joshua 6: The Fall of Jericho

Here, the first conflict for Israel in Canaan presents itself: the taking of the city of Jericho, which stands directly and obstinately in the path of the Israelites, preventing them from moving forward. This conflict embodies the whole essence and scope of all the rest of the conquests in the Joshua story, which in the inner meaning is to overcome and rule the things in our lives which oppose what God wants for us.

Jericho is to be taken with a siege, and God gives Joshua a procedure to follow: You shall march round the city once a day for six days in absolute silence. Seven priests shall carry seven rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march round the city seven times, and then the priests shall blow their trumpets. All the people are to shout with a huge shout, and then the walls of the city will fall down flat. And all the people are to go up and take the city.

This is quite unlike any other siege, where walls have to be scaled and fire catapulted in to burn things, but... this is a spiritual siege. The siege of Jericho represents how we are to lay siege to, or deal effectively with, our own evils and tendencies. It is the description blueprint for the battle between good and evil, which is our battle too. (See Doctrine of Faith 50).

In the Bible, Jericho is sometimes called the ‘city of palm trees’, giving a lovely idea of it. Its name means “a place of fragrance”, or, “his (the Lord’s) sweet breath”. It sounds perfect, but this has been usurped by invaders and takers who are now in complete possession of this sweet city and who will hold on for all they're worth (Apocalypse Explained 502[11]). This is really an account of the influence of hell in human life, and especially our unregenerate lives, when we are open to whatever feels self-gratifying.

Jericho, we hear, is shut up tight. It is not going to be an easy matter – because the work of regeneration never is – but this also describes hell’s fear; it is shut up tight because of the Israelites (Heaven and Hell 543). In us, when we become aware of a better way to live and we want to follow the Lord - whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light - hell will soon hit back in some devious imperceptible way to hold on to what it has got. It is scared of losing us.

This takes us to the siege and its tactics. The march once a day around the city for six days, carrying the ark, is to see every part of our situation from every angle, and it is also to parade our worship and adoration of the Lord (by parading the ark). The time period, six days, is always to do with the work involved in our regeneration as we see evil and shun it, pray to God, stand back and determine. (Arcana Caelestia 10373)

The seventh day involves seven marches round the city, then the trumpets and the shouts. This is the culmination, the Sabbath. For us, it is the avowal that we know the Lord is now ruling our will and our life and there will be no turning back or weakness of giving in. Jericho is now taken! The command is that every living thing in the city is to be completely destroyed because we must be unrelenting against all the things in our lives that go against God.

The gold, the silver, and the vessels of brass and iron, were put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah. The "gold and silver" represent the knowledges of spiritual truth and good, and "the vessels of brass and iron" represent knowledges of natural truth and good. In the profane hands of the idolaters of Jericho, those knowledges could be tools to serve dire falsities and evils. In the house of Jehovah, they could be serviceable knowledges, applied to good ends - hence their being salvaged. (See Heaven and Hell 487)

The prostitute Rahab (who had hidden Israel’s spies and confessed the Lord’s power) and all her family are brought out and given safekeeping. For us, this is the acknowledgement of the truth that we are sinful (as she was) and that if it were not for the Lord we would plunge into who knows what. But now we know and confess the power and truth of God. And then, the Israelites burn the city with fire and Joshua pronounces a curse on anyone who ever rebuilds this city. We are to abhor evil for what it is and be faithful to the Lord our God.

The story of the destruction of Jericho is then the pattern for all our resistance and resolve in seeing and overcoming evil, while confessing, as we do this, that the battle is the Lord’s. (Charity 166)

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 728, 2799, 2838, 2973, 5955, 9396, 9416

Apocalypse Revealed 397, 529

Doctrine of Life 59

True Christian Religion 284


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 55, 458, 502, 700

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Významy biblických slov

closed
There are only a couple of references in the Writings to "close" used as a verb, and both stem from Amos 9:11, which talks about...

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

see
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

hand
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

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...

war
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

horn
The sounds of trumpets are heard in heaven when assemblies and appointments happen. So among the children of Israel, for whom everything was representative of...

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...

fall
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

son
'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...

called
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.

bear
Like many verbs, the spiritual meaning of "bearing" something depends greatly on context – what it is that's being borne, and why. It is further...

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

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

commanded
To command is to give an order that something must be done, and is directed to an individual, or a group. It is an imperative,...

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...

day of
'Day of vengeance' signifies a state of damnation.

one
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

morning
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

lifted
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...

bearing
Like many verbs, the spiritual meaning of "bearing" something depends greatly on context – what it is that's being borne, and why. It is further...

Jubilee
'Jubilee' signifies the influx and reception of celestial good.

ark
There are three arks mentioned in the Word, the ark of Noah, the ark of bulrushes for the baby Moses, and the ark of the...

gathered
To gather, as in Genesis 6:21, refers to those things which are in the memory of man, where they are gathered. It also implies that...

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

returned
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

Six days
The six days' or periods of time, are the various consecutive states in a person's regeneration. They are, in general, as follows: The first state...

six
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...

days
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

seven
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

seventh
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

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...

around
To encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.

priests
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

given
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

keep
"Keeping" in the Bible generally has to do with controlling the actual actions of life, though in some cases it can mean holding something away...

holiness
The Bible describes many things as being holy, or sacred. The Ark of the Covenant is one very holy object. The inmost chamber of the...

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

treasury
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.

people
"Man" is a tricky word to discuss, because the Hebrew of the Old Testament uses six different words that are generally translated as "man," with...

shouted
'To shout from the top of the mountain,' as in Isaiah 42:11, signifies worship from the good of love.

shout
'To shout from the top of the mountain,' as in Isaiah 42:11, signifies worship from the good of love.

heard
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...

voice
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

great
The word "great" is used in the Bible to represent a state with a strong degree of love and affection, of the desire for good;...

wall
In Lamentations 2:8-9, 'wall,' 'rampart,' 'gates,' and 'bars' signify doctrines.

fell
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

To
'To jubilate' or 'make a joyful noise' signifies worship from the delight of good.

captured
"Catching" is used in a variety of ways in the Bible, both positive and negative. Thieves get caught; the Egyptians caught up with the Children...

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...

elder
Elders are mentioned in the Bible mainly in two ways: First the elders of Israel: and second the 24 elders seated about the throne of...

donkey
Donkeys signify the things relating to the self-intelligence of the sensual man; and camels, the things of self-intelligence in the natural man (Isa 30:6, 7.)

mouth
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

sword
The three words, sword, famine and pestilence, appear in a group in 26 different Bible verses. That's not an accident. Sword, famine and pestilence describe...

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...

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...

spied
'Spies,' as in Genesis 42:9, denote people who learn the church's truth only for gain.

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...

house of the
'The house of the prison' denotes the vastation of falsity, and also falsity itself.

Woman
The word "woman" is used a number of different ways in the Bible – as a simple description, as someone connected to a man ("his...

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...

spies
'Spies,' as in Genesis 42:9, denote people who learn the church's truth only for gain.

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

mother
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...

brothers
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

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)

camp
Camps in the Bible represent spiritual order – a person’s (or a church community’s) whole collection of desires for good and true ideas on how...

fire
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

silver
'Money' relates to truth.

gold
'Money' relates to truth.

vessels
'Vessels,' in the internal sense, signify things serving as a receptacle, as scientific ideas and knowledges are to truths, and as truths themselves are to...

bronze
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.

iron
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.

treasure
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.

harlot
'A harlot' signifies the affection of falsities, thus the church corrupted.

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
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

israel
'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...

day
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

messengers
'A messenger' signifies communication.

sent
'Being sent' everywhere signifies, in an internal sense, going forth, as in John 17:8. In similar manner, it is said of the holy of the...

spy
'Spies,' as in Genesis 42:9, denote people who learn the church's truth only for gain.

Time
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

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

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...

rises
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...

builds
There are really two meanings for "build" in the Bible. When something is being built for the first time, or built in the most typical...

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

jericho
Jericho' signifies instruction and also the good of life because no one can be instructed in the truths of doctrine but he who is in...

firstborn
When the Bible talks about generations or birth order, the internal meaning has to do with the progression of spiritual states and their relative importance....

foundation
A foundation signifies truth on which heaven and the church, and its doctrines are founded.

doors
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...

jehovah
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...

joshua
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...

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

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 Battle of Jericho Review Questions
Use words from a word bank to complete sentences about the battle of Jericho.
Activity | All Ages

 Build a Diorama of the City of Jericho
Use pipecleaners and paper to make a model of the city of Jericho, the first city Israel conquered in the conquest of Canaan.
Project | All Ages

 Compare Joshua with Jesus
Complete a chart comparing Joshua and Jesus. Who were theys fighting? Where did they go? How did they show courage?
Activity | Ages 9 - 13

 Crossing the Jordan, Jericho
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 Joshua and the Battle of Jericho
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Joshua and the Walls of Jericho
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The Conquest of Jericho
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Destruction of Jericho
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Destruction of Jericho
The destruction of Jericho shows us that the voice of the Lord is powerful and that He can help us fight our battles as well. Sample from the Jacob's Ladder Program, Level 4, for ages 9-10.
Religion Lesson | Ages 9 - 10

 The Fall of Jericho
Family lessons provide a worship talk and a variety of activities for children and teens..
Religion Lesson | Ages 4 - 17

 The Number Seven in the Word Crossword Puzzle
Discover stories that include the number seven in the Word.
Activity | Ages 9 - 13

 The Taking of Jericho
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Walls of Jericho
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Walls of Jericho
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Walls Tumble Down
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Why Was Joshua a Hero?
Read clues from Deuteronomy and Joshua to discover why Joshua was a hero.
Activity | Ages 9 - 13


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