Josué 6

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1 Ora, Jericó se conservava rigorosamente fechada por causa dos filhos de Israel; ninguém saía nem entrava.

2 Então disse o Senhor a Josué: Olha, entrego na tua mão Jericó, o seu rei e os seus homens valorosos.

3 Vós, pois, todos os homens de guerra, rodeareis a cidade, contornando-a uma vez por dia; assim fareis por seis dias.

4 Sete sacerdotes levarão Sete trombetas de chifres de carneiros adiante da arca; e no sétimo dia rodeareis a cidade sete vezes, e os sacerdotes tocarão as trombetas.

5 E será que, fazendo-se sonido prolongado da trombeta, e ouvindo vós tal sonido, todo o povo dará um grande brado; então o muro da cidade cairá rente com o chão, e o povo subirá, cada qual para o lugar que lhe ficar defronte:

6 Chamou, pois, Josué, filho de Num, aos sacerdotes, e disse-lhes: Levai a arca do pacto, e sete sacerdotes levem sete trombetas de chifres de carneiros, adiante da arca do Senhor.

7 E disse ao povo: Passai e rodeai a cidade; e marchem os homens armados adiante da arca do Senhor.

8 Assim, pois, se fez como Josué dissera ao povo: os sete sacerdotes, levando as sete trombetas adiante do Senhor, passaram, e tocaram-nas; e a arca do pacto do Senhor os seguia.

9 E os homens armados iam adiante dos sacerdotes que tocavam as trombetas, e a retaguarda seguia após a arca, os sacerdotes sempre tocando as trombetas.

10 Josué tinha dado ordem ao povo, dizendo: Não gritareis, nem fareis ouvir a vossa voz, nem sairá palavra alguma da vossa boca, até o dia em que eu vos disser: gritai! Então gritareis.

11 Assim fizeram a arca do Senhor rodear a cidade, contornando-a uma vez; então entraram no arraial, e ali passaram a noite.

12 Josué levantou-se de madrugada, e os sacerdotes tomaram a arca do Senhor.

13 Os sete sacerdotes que levavam as sete trombetas de chifres de carneiros adiante da arca da Senhor iam andando, tocando as trombetas; os homens armados iam adiante deles, e a retaguarda seguia atrás da arca do Senhor, os sacerdotes sempre tocando as trombetas.

14 E rodearam a cidade uma vez no segundo dia, e voltaram ao arraial. Assim fizeram por seis dias.

15 No sétimo dia levantaram-se bem de madrugada, e da mesma maneira rodearam a cidade sete vezes; somente naquele dia rodearam-na sete vezes.

16 E quando os sacerdotes pela sétima vez tocavam as trombetas, disse Josué ao povo: Gritai, porque o Senhor vos entregou a cidade.

17 A cidade, porém, com tudo quanto nela houver, será danátema ao Senhor; somente a prostituta Raabe viverá, ela e todos os que com ela estiverem em casa, porquanto escondeu os mensageiros que enviamos.

18 Mas quanto a vós, guardai-vos do anátema, para que, depois de o terdes feito tal, não tomeis dele coisa alguma, e não façais anátema o arraial de Israel, e o perturbeis.

19 Contudo, toda a prata, e o ouro, e os vasos de bronze e de ferro, são consagrados ao Senhor; irão para o tesouro do Senhor.

20 Gritou, pois, o povo, e os sacerdotes tocaram as trombetas; ouvindo o povo o sonido da trombeta, deu um grande brado, e o muro caiu rente com o chão, e o povo subiu à cidade, cada qual para o lugar que lhe ficava defronte, e tomaram a cidade:

21 E destruíram totalmente, ao fio da espada, tudo quanto havia na cidade, homem e mulher, menino e velho, bois, ovelhas e jumentos.

22 Então disse Josué aos dois homens que tinham espiado a terra: Entrai na casa da prostituta, e tirai-a dali com tudo quanto tiver, como lhe prometestes com juramento.

23 Entraram, pois, os mancebos espias, e tiraram Raabe, seu pai, sua mãe, seus irmãos, e todos quantos lhe pertenciam; e, trazendo todos os seus parentes, os puseram fora do arraial de Israel.

24 A cidade, porém, e tudo quanto havia nela queimaram a fogo; tão-somente a prata, e o ouro, e os vasos de bronze e de ferro, colocaram-nos no tesouro da casa do Senhor.

25 Assim Josué poupou a vida à prostituta Raabe, à família de seu pai, e a todos quantos lhe pertenciam; e ela ficou habitando no meio de Israel até o dia de hoje, porquanto escondera os mensageiros que Josué tinha enviado a espiar a Jericó.

26 Também nesse tempo Josué os esconjurou, dizendo: Maldito diante do Senhor seja o homem que se levantar e reedificar esta cidade de Jericó; com a perda do seu primogênito a fundará, e com a perda do seu filho mais novo lhe colocará as portas.

27 Assim era o Senhor com Josué; e corria a sua fama por toda a terra.

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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:

Arcanos Celestes 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcanos Celestes 728, 2799, 2838, 2973, 5955, 9396, 9416

Apocalipse Revelado 397, 529

Doutrina de Vida 59

True Christian Religion 284


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 55, 458, 502, 700

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jericó
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filhos
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de israel
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israel
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disse
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senhor
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josué
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mão
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rei
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guerra
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cidade
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dia
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seis
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dias
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Sete
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Sacerdotes
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trombetas
'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.

chifres
'Trumpets,' and all other wind instruments, relate to celestial affections.

arca
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sétimo
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sete vezes
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trombeta
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chamou
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filho
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ordem
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ouvir
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voz
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palavra
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boca
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levantou-se
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atrás
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Prostituta
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casa
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mensageiros
'A messenger' signifies communication.

prata
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ouro
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bronze
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ferro
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Tesouro
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gritou
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caiu
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espada
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jumentos
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dois
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Terra
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juramento
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pai
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mãe
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irmãos
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trazendo
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fogo
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família
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hoje
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Tempo
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primogênito
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portas
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