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1 Men Israels barn bar sig troløst at med det bannlyste gods. Akan, sønn av Karmi, som var sønn av Sabdi og sønnesønn av Serah, av Juda stamme, tok noget av det som var bannlyst. Da optendtes Herrens vrede mot Israels barn.

2 Fra Jeriko sendte Josva nogen menn til Ai, som ligger ved Bet-Aven, østenfor Betel, og sa til dem: Dra op og utspeid landet! Så drog mennene op og utspeidet Ai.

3 Og da de kom tilbake til Josva, sa de til ham: La ikke alt folket dra op! Omkring to eller tre tusen mann kan dra op og ta Ai; du trenger ikke å umake hele folket dit, for de er ikke mange.

4 Så drog omkring tre tusen mann av folket der op; men de flyktet for mennene i Ai.

5 Og Ai-mennene slo ihjel omkring seks og tretti mann av dem og forfulgte dem fra porten like til stenbruddene og hugg dem ned i bakkene; da blev folkets hjerte fullt av angst, og deres mot blev rent borte.

6 Og Josva sønderrev sine klær og falt ned på sitt ansikt til jorden foran Herrens ark og blev liggende der helt til aftenen, både han og Israels eldste, og de strødde støv på sitt hode.

7 Og Josva sa: Ak Herre, Herre! Hvorfor førte du da dette folk over Jordan når du vilde gi oss i amorittenes hånd og la oss gå til grunne? Gid vi hadde latt oss nøie med å bli på hin side Jordan!

8 Hør mig, Herre! Hvad skal jeg nu si, efterat Israel har vendt sine fiender ryggen?

9 Når kana'anittene og alle landets innbyggere får høre det, vil de kringsette oss og rydde vårt navn ut av verden; og hvad vil du da gjøre med ditt store navn?

10 Da sa Herren til Josva: Stå op! Hvorfor ligger du her på ditt ansikt?

11 Israel har syndet og brutt min pakt som jeg har oprettet med dem; de har tatt av det bannlyste gods, de har stjålet og skjult det stjålne, de har gjemt det blandt sine egne ting.

12 Derfor kan Israels barn ikke stå sig mot sine fiender, men må flykte for dem; for de er selv kommet under bann; skiller I eder ikke helt av med det bannlyste, vil jeg ikke lenger være med eder.

13 Stå op, la folket hellige sig, og si: Hellige eder til imorgen! For så sier Herren, Israels Gud: Der er bannlyst gods hos dig, Israel! Du kan ikke stå dig mot dine fiender før I skiller eder helt av med det bannlyste.

14 Imorgen tidlig skal I trede frem stamme for stamme, og den stamme som Herren tar ut, skal trede frem ætt for ætt, og den ætt som Herren tar ut, skal trede frem hus for hus, og det hus som Herren tar ut, skal trede frem mann for mann.

15 Og den som det bannlyste blir funnet hos, han skal opbrennes med ild, både han og alt det hans er, fordi han har brutt Herrens pakt og gjort en skjendig gjerning i Israel.

16 Morgenen efter stod Josva tidlig op og lot Israel trede frem stamme for stamme, og Juda stamme blev tatt ut.

17 Så lot han ættene i Juda trede frem, og serahitt-ætten blev tatt ut; så lot han serahitt-ætten trede frem mann for mann, og Sabdi blev tatt ut;

18 så lot han hans hus trede frem mann for mann, og Akan, sønn av Karmi, som var sønn av Sabdi og sønnesønn av Serah, av Juda stamme, blev tatt ut.

19 Da sa Josva til Akan: Min sønn! Gi Herren, Israels Gud, ære og pris og si mig hvad du har gjort, dølg det ikke for mig!

20 Og Akan svarte Josva og sa: Det er sant, jeg har syndet mot Herren, Israels Gud; således har jeg gjort:

21 Jeg så blandt byttet en kostelig babylonisk kappe og to hundre sekel sølv og en gullstang som veide femti sekel; disse ting fikk jeg lyst på og tok dem; de ligger nedgravd i jorden under mitt telt, sølvet underst.

22 Da sendte Josva nogen menn dit, og de løp til teltet; og der fant de tingene nedgravd i hans telt, sølvet underst.

23 De tok dem ut av teltet og bar dem med sig til Josva og alle Israels barn og la dem frem for Herrens åsyn.

24 Og Josva og hele Israel med ham tok Akan, Serahs sønn, og sølvet og kappen og gullstangen og hans sønner og døtre og hans storfe og asener og småfe og hans telt og alt det han hadde, og de førte det op i Akor-dalen*. / {* JOS 7, 26.}

25 Og Josva sa: For en ulykke du har ført over oss! Idag skal Herren føre ulykke over dig! Og hele Israel stenet ham, og de opbrente dem med ild og stenet dem.

26 Derefter kastet de en stor stenrøs sammen over ham, som er der den dag idag; og Herren vendte om fra sin brennende vrede. Derfor kaltes dette sted Akor-dalen*; det navn har det den dag idag. / {* ulykkens dal.}

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 7      

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

Joshua 7: The defeat at Ai, and the sin of Achan.

This chapter opens with the statement that Israel had sinned at Jericho, because an Israelite named Achan had kept something for himself, against the Lord's commandment. (But Joshua doesn't know this yet.)

The great victory at Jericho was quickly followed by an embarrassing defeat at Ai. The Israelites hadn't expected much difficulty in taking Ai, and sent just a few thousand men to attack it. They were routed.

Spiritually, we might say that pride goes before a fall, but more specifically, in the work of our regeneration we are never to rest on our laurels, but to always stay alert to each situation and how we are internally handling it. (Apocalypse Revealed 158)

Understandably, Joshua pours out his heart to the Lord, wondering why they have even crossed over the Jordan to simply be destroyed. The Lord tells him that their defeat at Ai was because Israel sinned by taking some of the forbidden things of Jericho. The Lord explains how to put this right, by identifying the wrongdoer and destroying him and his family.

Note the weakness of Joshua (as earlier also with Moses at times) when things go wrong and he feels confused, full of doubt, hurt and afraid. When things go well, we go well; when things go badly, we tend to go to pieces. And we ask, “Why? Why this, why me, why now?”

The Lord’s answer is a command, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face?” This is a pretty plain meaning: The Lord wants us to use such setbacks to be able to go forward, seeing the problem as a challenge and an opportunity and learning point.

Joshua is told to find the source of the wrong and the defeat. From all the tribes, one tribe will be selected by the Lord. From all its families, one family will be chosen. From all its households, one household will be chosen, and from that household, one man will be chosen. And Achan was the man and he is brought out. (Arcana Caelestia 5135)

This drawing-by-lot is a remarkable picture of our spiritual self-examination. We’re told that to make our general confession of ‘having done what we should not have done’ is almost worthless because we are likely to just carry on the same afterwards. (Arcana Caelestia 8390) Our personal inventory must be specific. What kind of thoughts have I been allowing myself recently? What did that make me feel in my heart? Did I welcome it or want nothing to do with it? It’s a kind of pinpointing, and it leads us to Achan, whose name in Hebrew means ‘trouble’ and ‘troubler’. (The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 164)

Achan, discovered, doesn't hide or deny his wrongdoing but openly admits that he has sinned against the Lord. He'd seen a beautiful garment, much silver, and a chunk of gold, and took them, and hid them in the earth in the middle of his tent. He confesses and indeed, his confession is transparent. So must our confession be when we see things in ourselves that go against the Lord’s truths and ways. They bring forth his stolen goods from his tent.

Then, in a comprehensive way, Joshua took everything Achan owned in its entirety, including the stolen goods, to the Valley of Achor (a name again meaning ‘trouble’) and stoned him and all his family and burned them with fire and raised a heap of stones over it all. This, to us, might well sound like a brutal and an unwarranted punishment.

Spiritually, the Lord does not punish us, ever. Rather, he commands that we turn from our evils, and suffer the consequences if we don't. The Lord does this to help and encourage us to stop following our own way and to commit ourselves to following and living His way. We can only conquer Canaan, representing heaven, when we do this. (Arcana Caelestia 8622)

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