Teisėjai 15

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1 Po kurio laiko, kviečių pjūties metu, Samsonas atėjo aplankyti savo žmonos ir atnešė jai ožiuką. Samsonas sakė: “Aš noriu įeiti į kambarį pas savo žmoną”. Bet jos tėvas jo neleido,

2 tardamas: “Aš tikrai maniau, kad tu jos nekenti, todėl ją atidaviau tavo pabroliui. Argi jos jaunesnioji sesuo nėra gražesnė už ją? Imk ją vietoj anos”.

3 Tada Samsonas atsakė: “Šį kartą nenusikalsiu, atkeršydamas filistinams”.

4 Samsonas, sugavęs tris šimtus lapių, surišo jas po porą uodegomis ir tarp uodegų įrišo po deglą.

5 Uždegęs deglus, jis paleido lapes į filistinų javus. Taip jis padegė javų pėdus, nepjautus javus, vynuogynus ir alyvmedžių sodus.

6 Filistinai klausė: “Kas tai padarė?” Jiems atsakė: “Samsonas, timniečio žentas, keršydamas už žmonos atidavimą pabroliui”. Atėję Filistinai sudegino ją ir jos tėvą.

7 Samsonas jiems tarė: “Nors jūs tai padarėte, nurimsiu tik tada, kai jums atkeršysiu”.

8 Jis smarkiai puolė juos ir, sulaužęs jų blauzdų ir šlaunų kaulus, nuėjo į Etamą ir apsigyveno ant uolos.

9 Tada filistinai atėję pasistatė stovyklas Judo žemėje iki Lehio.

10 Judas klausė: “Kodėl išėjote prieš mus?” Tie atsakė: “Samsono surišti ir padaryti jam taip, kaip jis mums padarė”.

11 Tada trys tūkstančiai Judo vyrų atėjo prie Etamo uolos ir klausė Samsoną: “Argi nežinai, kad mus valdo filistinai? Kodėl taip padarei?” Jis atsakė: “Kaip jie man padarė, taip aš jiems padariau”.

12 Judo vyrai tarė jam: “Mes atėjome tavęs surišti ir atiduoti filistinams”. Samsonas atsakė: “Prisiekite man, kad jūs patys manęs nenužudysite”.

13 Jie jam atsakė: “Mes tave tvirtai surišime ir atiduosime filistinams, bet patys tavęs nenužudysime”. Jie surišo jį dviem naujomis virvėmis ir nusivedė.

14 Prie Lehio filistinai pasitiko jį šūkaudami iš džiaugsmo. Viešpaties Dvasia galingai nužengė ant jo, ir virvės ant jo rankų sutrūko kaip sudegę linai ir nukrito nuo jo.

15 Jis susirado šviežią asilo žandikaulį ir, paėmęs jį, užmušė juo tūkstantį filistinų.

16 Tuomet Samsonas tarė: “Asilo žandikauliu nužudžiau tūkstantį vyrų ir suverčiau į krūvas”.

17 Taip pasakęs, jis nusviedė žandikaulį. Tą vietą pavadino amat Lehiu.

18 Labai ištroškęs, jis šaukėsi Viešpaties: “Tu davei man šitokią pergalę, o dabar mirštu iš troškulio ir pateksiu į neapipjaustytųjų rankas!”

19 Dievas atvėrė daubą Lehyje, ir iš jos tekėjo vanduo. Atsigėręs jis atsigaivino ir atgavo jėgas. Tą vietą pavadino En Korės versme; ji tebėra ten iki šios dienos.

20 Filistinų laikais Samsonas teisė Izraelį dvidešimt metų.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 15      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 15: Samson defeats the Philistines.

At the beginning of this chapter, we learn that the one who gave Samson’s wife to another man was his father-in-law, who thought that Samson truly hated her. He then offered Samson her younger sister instead, saying, “Is she not better? Take her.”

Samson, enraged, took three-hundred foxes and tied them tail-to-tail in pairs, with a lit torch between them. He then released them in the Philistines’ standing grain, vineyards and olive groves to burn up their crops, as revenge for the loss of his wife. In retaliation, the Philistines went and burned her and her father. In a final act of vengeance, Samson killed very many of the Philistines, then went to dwell in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

The Philistines went to Judah, stating their intent to arrest Samson, and the men of Judah passed on the message to him. Samson made the Judeans promise not to kill him themselves, but only to bind him with two new ropes before giving him to the Philistines as a prisoner.

When the Philistines came, Samson broke apart the ropes, and killed a thousand of them with the jawbone of a donkey. Then he threw the jawbone away, and complained to the Lord that he was thirsty. The Lord answered his cry for help by splitting the ground where the jawbone fell, so that Samson could drink the water that flowed from it.

The final verse of this chapter tells us that Samson judged Israel twenty years.

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Samson’s marriage to a Philistine woman speaks to the appealing, or even enticing, nature of ‘faith alone’ spirituality, represented by the Philistines. We must stay on our guard, to ensure that we are not caught up in thinking that faith alone will save us. The father offers Samson his wife’s younger sister, saying she is even better, but Samson had already learned to be wary by that point.

The foxes, tied together with their tails lit on fire, vividly describes the twisted and destructive nature of faith alone, and the way it consumes our potential to lead a fruitful life. The Word often depicts the state of a nation or religion through a story illustrating its true nature (True Christian Religion 130)

The cycle of revenge between Samson and the Philistines represents our personal struggles during temptation and our wish to regenerate. Our whole effort during regeneration is to resist sins that might lure us in, and to maintain our intention to live the Word (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 83[6]). The men of Judah who bind Samson represent our love for the Lord and for everything of the Lord, although this seems contradictory on a surface level. In this case, being ‘bound up’ means to be bound in our commitment to the Lord, so that we are restrained from doing evil (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 577[4]).

Samson stands for the power of the Word acting in our lives to assert what is true, to protect what must be upheld, and to defend against evils. He uses the jawbone of a donkey because a jawbone allows us to eat food (spiritually, nourishment from the Word), and also to proclaim the Lord’s truths. This gives us the power to expose and reject the belief that spirituality consists of faith alone (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 9049[6]).

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