Josvas 6

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1 Jeriko holdt sine porter stengt og var fast tillukket for Israels barns skyld; ingen gikk ut, og ingen kom inn.

2 Da sa Herren til Josva: Se, jeg har gitt Jeriko med kongen og de djerve stridsmenn i din hånd.

3 La nu alle krigsmennene gå omkring byen, rundt om den én gang! Således skal du gjøre i seks dager;

4 og syv prester skal bære syv larmbasuner foran arken; men den syvende dag skal I gå syv ganger omkring byen, og prestene skal støte i basunene.

5 Og når de blåser i larmhornet med lange toner, og I hører basunklangen, skal hele folket sette i et stort skrik; da skal byens mur falle ned der hvor den står, så folket kan stige inn over den, enhver rett frem for sig.

6 Da kalte Josva, Nuns sønn, prestene til sig og sa til dem: I skal bære paktens ark, og syv prester skal bære syv larmbasuner foran Herrens ark.

7 Og til folket sa han: Dra frem og gå omkring byen, og de væbnede menn skal dra frem foran Herrens ark.

8 Da Josva hadde sagt dette til folket, gikk de frem de syv prester som bar de syv larmbasuner for Herrens åsyn; de støtte i basunene, og Herrens pakts-ark fulgte efter dem.

9 Og de væbnede menn gikk foran prestene som støtte i basunene, og de som endte toget, gikk efter arken, mens der ustanselig støttes i basunene.

10 Og Josva bød folket og sa: I skal ikke opløfte hærrop og ikke la eders røst høre; det skal ikke gå et ord ut av eders munn før den dag jeg sier til eder: op nu! Da skal I rope.

11 Så gikk Herrens ark omkring byen, rundt om den, én gang; derefter drog de inn i leiren og blev der natten over.

12 Morgenen efter stod Josva tidlig op, og prestene bar Herrens ark.

13 Og de syv prester som bar de syv larmbasuner foran Herrens ark, gikk og støtte ustanselig i basunene, og de væbnede menn gikk foran dem, og de som endte toget, gikk efter Herrens ark, mens der ustanselig støttes i basunene.

14 Således gikk de den annen dag én gang omkring byen og vendte så tilbake til leiren; dette gjorde de i seks dager.

15 Den syvende dag stod de tidlig op, med det samme det tok til å dages, og gikk syv ganger omkring byen; de bar sig at på samme vis som før, bare at de denne dag gikk syv ganger omkring byen.

16 Og da prestene den syvende gang støtte i basunene, da sa Josva til folket: op nu! For Herren har gitt eder byen.

17 Og byen med alt det som i den er, skal være vidd til Herren og bannlyst, bare skjøgen ahab skal få leve, med alle som er i huset hos henne, fordi hun skjulte de menn vi hadde utsendt.

18 Men ta eder vel i vare for det som er bannlyst, at I ikke først slår med bann og så tar av det som er bannlyst, og således legger Israels leir under bann og fører den i ulykke.

19 Men alt sølv og gull og alle ting som er av kobber og jern, skal være helliget til Herren og komme i Herrens skattkammer.

20 ropte folket, og de støtte i basunene; og det skjedde da folket hørte basunklangen, og de satte i et stort skrik, da falt muren helt sammen, og folket steg bent inn i byen og inntok den.

21 Og de slo alt det som var i byen, med bann; både menn og kvinner, både unge og gamle, storfe og småfe og asener slo de med sverdets egg.

22 Men til de to menn som hadde utspeidet landet, sa Josva: Gå inn i skjøgens hus og før kvinnen og alle dem som hører henne til, ut derfra, således som I har tilsvoret henne.

23 De unge menn som hadde vært speidere, gikk da inn og førte ahab ut av huset og likeså hennes far og mor og brødre og alle som hørte henne til; hele hennes slekt førte de ut og lot dem få opholde sig et sted utenfor Israels leir.

24 Men byen med alt det som i den var, brente de op med ild; bare sølvet og gullet og alle ting som var av kobber og jern, la de ned i skattkammeret i Herrens hus.

25 Men skjøgen ahab og hennes fars slekt og alle dem som hørte henne til, lot Josva leve; hun blev boende blandt Israels folk inntil denne dag, fordi hun skjulte de menn som Josva hadde sendt for å utspeide Jeriko.

26 Dengang lot Josva folket sverge denne ed: Forbannet for Herrens åsyn være den mann som tar sig fore å bygge op igjen denne by Jeriko! Når han legger dens grunnvoll, skal det koste ham hans førstefødte sønn, og når han setter op dens porter, skal det koste ham hans yngste.

27 Og Herren var med Josva, og ryktet om ham kom ut over hele landet.

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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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jeriko
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Israels
'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...

kom
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kom inn
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sa
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...

herren
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josva
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se
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gitt
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hånd
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

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

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

syvende
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dag
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hører
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...

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

falle
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sønn
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ark
A coffin (Gen. 1:26) signifies that wherein something is shut up or concealed.

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

tidlig
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tilbake
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leir
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sølv
'Money' relates to truth.

gull
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kobber
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jern
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helliget
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komme
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skattkammer
'Treasuries' denote knowledges of good and truth, and, in the opposite sense, evil and falsity.

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

falt
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menn
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kvinner
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to
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hus
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unge menn
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far
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mor
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brødre
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sendt
'To send' signifies revealing.

sverge
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ed
'To sware' is a binding.

mann
In general, men are driven by intellect and women by affections, and because of this men in the Bible generally represent knowledge and truth and...

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

førstefødte
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....

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