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1 Da kom Kirjat-Jearims menn og hentet Herrens ark op og bar den inn i Abinadabs hus på haugen, og hans sønn Eleasar vidde de til å ta vare på Herrens ark.

2 Fra den dag arken kom til Kirjat-Jearim, gikk det en lang tid - tyve år gikk det; da sukket hele Israels hus efter Herren*. / {* søkte Herren med sukk over sin nød.}

3 Og Samuel sa til hele Israels hus: Dersom I vender om til Herren av hele eders hjerte, så ha de fremmede guder og Astarte-billedene bort fra eder og vend eders hjerte til Herren og tjen ham alene! Så skal han fri eder av filistrenes hånd.

4 Da skilte Israels barn sig av med Ba'alene og Astarte-billedene og tjente Herren alene.

5 Og Samuel sa: La hele Israel samle sig i Mispa! Så vil jeg bede til Herren for eder.

6 Så samlet de sig i Mispa, og de øste op vann og helte det ut for Herrens åsyn*, og de fastet den dag og bekjente der: Vi har syndet mot Herren. Og Samuel dømte Israels barn i Mispa. / {* til tegn på at de i sorg over sin synd utøste sitt hjerte til Herren.}

7 Da filistrene hørte at Israels barn hadde samlet sig i Mispa, drog filistrenes høvdinger op imot Israel, og da Israels barn hørte det, var de redde for filistrene.

8 Og Israels barn sa til Samuel: Hold ikke op med å rope for oss til Herren vår Gud at han vil frelse oss av filistrenes hånd!

9 Da tok Samuel et diende lam og ofret det helt som brennoffer til Herren, og Samuel ropte til Herren for Israel, og Herren svarte ham.

10 For mens Samuel ofret brennofferet, og filistrene rykket frem til strid mot Israel, da sendte Herren samme dag et sterkt tordenvær over filistrene og forferdet dem, så de blev slått av Israel.

11 Da drog Israels menn ut fra Mispa og forfulgte filistrene og hugg dem ned, like til nedenfor Bet-Kar.

12 Og Samuel tok en sten og satte den imellem Mispa og Sen; denne sten kalte han Eben-Eser* og sa: Hittil har Herren hjulpet oss. / {* hjelpe-sten.}

13 Således blev filistrene ydmyket og kom ikke mere inn i Israels land; og Herrens hånd var imot filistrene alle Samuels dager.

14 Og de byer som filistrene hadde tatt fra Israel, kom tilbake til Israel igjen, fra Ekron like til Gat, og alt land som hørte til dem, fridde Israel av filistrenes hånd, og det var fred mellem Israel og amorittene.

15 Samuel dømte Israel så lenge han levde.

16 År efter år drog han omkring til Betel og Gilgal og Mispa og dømte Israel på alle disse steder.

17 Og hver gang vendte han tilbake til ama; for der var hans hus, og der dømte han Israel; og han bygget der et alter for Herren.

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Exploring the Meaning of 1_Samuel 7      

Here we find a broad-brush description of the life of Samuel, the last Judge of Israel, and the reality of the Israelitish world that he presided over. After the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant, it was taken to the city of Kirjath Jearim. Samuel commanded the people of Israel to rid themselves of their idols and worship of foreign gods, and return to worshiping the Lord. Chief among these idols was Baal. Baal was understood and worshiped in a variety of ways, most notably as the male god of fertility. Ashtoreth was the female equivalent.

The Children of Israel, like the nations around them, were polytheists at that time. They needed to be regularly convinced that Jehovah, the Lord, was the chief and most powerful God. A belief in only One God, who we now know as the Lord God Jesus Christ, was beyond them at that time. (see Arcana Coelestia 8301)

The people of Israel were called together by Samuel at Mizpah, where he judged them. The Philistines learned of this gathering and once again set out to make war with them. The Israelites made an offering to the Lord, and He responded to their cry by allowing them to push the Philistines back and reclaim cities that the Philistines had taken in previous conflicts.

Other similar skirmishes took place throughout Samuel’s life. There was an ongoing struggle between the Children and Israel, and the surrounding peoples. It represents the struggle we have between good and evil -- between the truths of the one God, Jehovah, and the Ten Commandments, and between the false, but popular, loves of self and the world.

Swedenborgian teachings describe how, in the earliest times of spiritual awareness in humanity, people knew that there was only one God, who was their Divine Creator and Redeemer. However, as people fell away from true faith, their worship degenerated and gradually became the worship of idolatry and multiple gods. In True Christian Religion 159, this is described as a form of insanity.


Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1453, 8301

Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 700, 817

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