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1 Šitas tautas Viešpats paliko krašte, norėdamas išmėginti izraelitus, kurie nebuvo pergyvenę Kanaano karų,

2 kad izraelitų kartos žinotų, kas yra karas, ir išmoktų kariauti:

3 penkis filistinų kunigaikščius, visus kanaaniečius, sidoniečius ir hivus, kurie gyveno Libano kalnyne nuo Baal Hermono kalno iki Lebo Hamato slėnio.

4 Jie buvo palikti išmėginti izraelitus, ar jie klausys Viešpaties įsakymų, kuriuos Jis davė jų tėvams per Mozę.

5 Izraelitai gyveno tarp kanaaniečių, hetitų, amoritų, perizų, hivų ir jebusiečių.

6 Jie vedė jų dukteris, savo dukteris davė jų sūnums ir tarnavo jų dievams.

7 Izraelitai darė pikta Viešpaties akivaizdoje, pamiršo Viešpatį, savo Dievą, ir tarnavo Baaliams ir alkams.

8 Viešpaties rūstybė užsidegė prieš Izraelį, ir Jis atidavė jį į Mesopotamijos karaliaus Kušan išataimo rankas. Izraelitai tarnavo Kušan išataimui aštuonerius metus.

9 Kai izraelitai šaukėsi Viešpaties, Viešpats pakėlė jiems išlaisvintoją, jaunesniojo Kalebo brolio Kenazo sūnų Otnielį, kuris juos išgelbėjo.

10 Viešpaties Dvasia nužengė ant jo, ir jis tapo Izraelio teisėju. Jis išėjo į karą prieš Mesopotamijos karalių Kusan asataimą, ir Viešpats atidavė Kusan asataimą į jo rankas.

11 Kraštas ilsėjosi keturiasdešimt metų. Ir Kenazo sūnus Otnielis mirė.

12 Tuomet izraelitai vėl darė pikta Viešpaties akivaizdoje. Viešpats sustiprino Moabo karalių Egloną prieš Izraelį, kadangi jie piktai elgėsi Viešpaties akivaizdoje.

13 Jis su amonitais ir amalekiečiais pakilo prieš Izraelį, jį sumušė ir užėmė Palmių miestą.

14 Izraelitai tarnavo Moabo karaliui Eglonui aštuoniolika metų.

15 Kai izraelitai šaukėsi Viešpaties, Jis siuntė jiems gelbėtoją, Gero sūnų Ehudą, kairiarankį, iš Benjamino giminės. izraelitai per jį siuntė dovaną Moabo karaliui Eglonui.

16 Ehudas pasidarė dviašmenį durklą vienos uolekties ilgio ir jį diržu prisijuosė po savo drabužiais dešinėje pusėje.

17 Jis pristatė dovaną Moabo karaliui Eglonui, kuris buvo labai storas vyras.

18 Įteikęs dovaną, Ehudas pasiuntė namo vyrus, nešusius dovaną,

19 o pats nuo Gilgalos akmeninių stabų sugrįžo pas Egloną ir tarė: “Aš turiu slaptą žinią tau, karaliau”. Karalius pasakė: “Tylos!” Ir visi, stovėjusieji prie jo, išėjo.

20 Ehudas nuėjo pas jį. Karalius sėdėjo vėsiame, antrame aukšte jam įrengtame kambaryje. Ehudas jam tarė: “Turiu tau žinią nuo Dievo”. Karalius atsistojo.

21 Ehudas, kairiąja ranka paėmęs durklą nuo savo dešiniojo šono, įsmeigė jį į karaliaus pilvą

22 taip, kad rankena sulindo paskui ašmenis ir taukai apdengė durklą, ir jis negalėjo jo ištraukti; ir nešvarumai išėjo lauk.

23 Ehudas išėjo į prieškambarį, uždarė ir užrakino to kambario duris.

24 Jam išėjus, atėję karaliaus tarnai pamatė, kad antro aukšto kambario durys užrakintos. Jie pagalvojo, kad jis atlieka savo reikalą vėsiame kambaryje.

25 Jie laukė, nes gėdijosi įeiti, tačiau jis neatidarė kambario durų. Pasiėmę raktą, jie atrakino ir pamatė, kad jų valdovas guli ant žemės negyvas.

26 Ehudas, kol jie delsė, pabėgo ir pro akmeninius stabus pasiekė Seyrą.

27 Atvykęs jis trimitavo Efraimo kalnuose. Išgirdę trimitą, izraelitai nuo kalnų rinkosi prie jo, ir jis jiems vadovavo.

28 Jis įsakė: “Sekite mane, nes Viešpats atidavė į jūsų rankas jūsų priešus moabitus!” Jie ėjo paskui jį ir, užėmę Jordano brastas, kuriomis pereinama į Moabą, niekam neleido pereiti.

29 Tuo metu jie nužudė apie dešimt tūkstančių moabitų, tvirtų ir narsių vyrų, ir nė vienas neištrūko.

30 Taip tuomet Moabas buvo Izraelio pavergtas. Kraštas ilsėjosi aštuoniasdešimt metų.

31 Po jo valdė Anato sūnus Šamgaras, kuris užmušė šešis šimtus filistinų lazda jaučiams varyti ir išlaisvino Izraelį.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 3      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 3: In which we hear about the nations who remain in the land; and about the judges Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar.

This chapter begins with a very important set of statements about the nations still undefeated in the land. First, it says that the Lord would test Israel by means of these nations; secondly, that this test would “teach [the new generations] war”; and finally, that this would reveal whether or not Israel would obey the Lord. The text goes on to say that Israel now took the daughters of other nations to be wives, and also gave their own daughters to the sons of other nations.

Being ‘tested’ by the Lord refers to the temptations and spiritual conflicts we must experience during regeneration. The Lord does not test in order to make us falter, or to see how much we can endure. Rather, the testing is to make us stronger and more steadfast in our intention to follow the Lord (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 126).

The new generations who would not have known war stand for those future states, in which we might begin to let go, and forget what the Lord has done for us. While all external wars should cease, we will always need to quell the spiritual wars within us. The key to victory is in our willingness to obey the Lord’s commandments. This wish to obey the Lord must be imprinted in our hearts and minds (see Swedenborg’s work, Doctrine of Faith 50).

‘Taking the daughters of other nations as wives’ describes the ways in which the spiritual marriage of good and truth in us becomes perverted. When our evil desires harm truths, and false ideas harm genuine loves, our sense of what is right becomes so distorted that we have no principles left to follow.

Because Israel kept forgetting the Lord and worshipping other gods, the Lord raised judges to deliver Israel. This chapter tells the stories of three judges, and we will examine the spiritual meaning of each.

The first judge discussed in this chapter was Othniel (see Judges 1). Israel was taken by Chushan-Rishathaim, the king of Mesopotamia, for eight years. His name means ‘the blackness of injustice”. Othniel delivered Israel from captivity, and there was peace for forty years. Spiritually, this describes our power, given to us by the Lord, to break free from evil wishes and thoughts. The number ‘forty’ describes the temptations we must overcome in doing this (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 8098).

The next judge, Ehud, ruled at the time when Eglon, a Moabite king, took Israel captive for eighteen years. Ehud made a long, double-edged dagger and went to the king to pay tribute. When those with him were leaving, he stayed and said to King Eglon, “I have a gift for you from God”, and plunged the dagger into the king’s belly so that his fat covered the blade. Then he left, locking the doors behind him, and Eglon’s servants eventually found their king dead. Ehud then attacked, and freed Israel from the Moabites.

The meaning of this graphic event is to show the power of the truth when it is used to combat evil. Eglon was fat, representing the seemingly large and imposing nature of evils. The double-edged dagger stands for the power of the Word. It went straight into the king’s fat belly, which stands for the absolute power of the Word to tear down evils and falsities. This then allows us to reassert our leading intentions, and return to our service for the Lord (see Apocalypse Revealed 52).

The third and final judge mentioned in this chapter was Shamgar, who killed six hundred Philistines with an ox goad and delivered Israel. The Philistines – who later became a major enemy of Israel – stand for the belief that faith alone will save us, without any need for good actions in life. This can have an insidious influence on us and needs constant attention, represented by the number six hundred. The ox goad (prodder) indicates that we need to keep pushing ourselves to do good, just as an ox is prodded to work strenuously (Arcana Caelestia 1198).

Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1444, 2722, 6858, 8301

Apocalypse Revealed 367


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 458, 811

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