Juízes 8

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1 Então os homens de Efraim lhe disseram: Que é isto que nos fizeste, não nos chamando quando foste pelejar contra Midiã? E repreenderam-no asperamente.

2 Ele, porém, lhes respondeu: Que fiz eu agora em comparação ao que vós fizestes? Não são porventura os rabiscos de Efraim melhores do que a vindima de Abiezer?

3 Deus entregou na vossa mão os príncipes de Midiã, Orebe e Zeebe; que, pois, pude eu fazer em comparação ao que vós fizestes? Então a sua ira se abrandou para com ele, quando falou esta palavra.

4 E Gideão veio ao Jordão e o atravessou, ele e os trezentos homens que estavam com ele, fatigados, mas ainda perseguindo.

5 Disse, pois, aos homens de Sucote: Dai, peço-vos, uns pães ao povo que me segue, porquanto está fatigado, e eu vou perseguindo a Zeba e Zalmuna, reis os midianitas.

6 Mas os príncipes de Sucote responderam: Já estão em teu poder as mãos de Zebá e Zalmuna, para que demos pão ao teu exército?

7 Replicou-lhes Gideão: Pois quando o Senhor entregar na minha mão a Zebá e a Zalmuna, trilharei a vossa carne com os espinhos do deserto e com os abrolhos.

8 Dali subiu a Penuel, e falou da mesma maneira aos homens desse lugar, que lhe responderam como os homens de Sucote lhe haviam respondido.

9 Por isso falou também aos homens de Penuel, dizendo: Quando eu voltar em paz, derribarei esta torre.

10 Zebá e Zalmuna estavam em Carcor com o seu exército, cerca de quinze mil homens, os restantes de todo o exército dos filhos do oriente; pois haviam caído cento e vinte mil homens que puxavam da espada.

11 subiu Gideão pelo caminho dos que habitavam em tendas, ao oriente de Nobá e Jogbeá, e feriu aquele exército, porquanto se dava por seguro.

12 E, fugindo Zebá e Zalmuna, Gideão os perseguiu, tomou presos esses dois reis dos midianitas e desbaratou todo o exército.

13 Voltando, pois, Gideão, filho de Joás, da peleja pela subida de Heres,

14 tomou preso a um moço dos homens de Sucote, e o inquiriu; este lhe deu por escrito os nomes dos príncipes de Sucote, e dos seus anciãos, setenta e sete homens.

15 Então veio aos homens de Sucote, e disse: Eis aqui Zebá e Zalmuna, a respeito dos quais me escarnecestes, dizendo: Porventura já estão em teu poder as mãos de Zebá e Zalmuna, para que demos pão aos teus homens fatigados?

16 Nisso tomou os anciãos da cidade, e espinhos e abrolhos do deserto, e com eles ensinou aos homens de Sucote.

17 Também derrubou a torre de Penuel, e matou os homens da cidade.

18 Depois perguntou a Zebá e a Zalmuna: Como eram os homens que matastes em Tabor? E responderam eles: Qual és tu, tais eram eles; cada um parecia filho de rei.

19 Então disse ele: Eram meus irmãos, filhos de minha mãe; vive o Senhor, que se lhes tivésseis poupado a vida, eu não vos mataria.

20 E disse a Jeter, seu primogênito: Levanta-te, mata-os. O mancebo, porém, não puxou da espada, porque temia, porquanto ainda era muito moço.

21 Então disseram Zebá e Zalmuna: Levanta-te tu mesmo, e acomete-nos; porque, qual o homem, tal a sua força. Levantando-se, pois, Gideão, matou Zebá e Zalmuna, e tomou os crescentes que estavam aos pescoços dos seus camelos.

22 Então os homens de Israel disseram a Gideão: Domina sobre nós, assim tu, como teu filho, e o filho de teu filho; porquanto nos livraste da mão de Midiã.

23 Gideão, porém, lhes respondeu: Nem eu dominarei sobre vós, nem meu filho, mas o Senhor sobre vós dominará.

24 Disse-lhes mais Gideão: uma petição vos farei: -me, cada um de vós, as arrecadas do despojo. (Porque os inimigos tinham arrecadas de ouro, porquanto eram ismaelitas) .

25 Ao que disseram eles: De boa vontade as daremos. E estenderam uma capa, na qual cada um deles deitou as arrecadas do seu despojo.

26 E foi o peso das arrecadas de ouro que ele pediu, mil e setecentos siclos de ouro, afora os crescentes, as cadeias e as vestes de púrpura que os reis de Midiã trajavam, afora as correntes que os camelos traziam ao pescoço.

27 Disso fez Gideão um éfode, e o pôs na sua cidade, em Ofra; e todo o Israel se prostituiu ali após ele; e foi um laço para Gideão e para sua casa.

28 Assim foram abatidos os midianitas diante dos filhos de Israel, e nunca mais levantaram a cabeça. E a terra teve sossego, por quarenta anos nos dias de Gideão.

29 Então foi Jerubaal, filho de Joás, e habitou em sua casa.

30 Gideão teve setenta filhos, que procederam da sua coxa, porque tinha muitas mulheres.

31 A sua concubina que estava em Siquém deu-lhe também um filho; e pôs-lhe por nome Abimeleque.

32 Morreu Gideão, filho de Joás, numa boa velhice, e foi sepultado no sepulcro de seu pai Joás, em Ofra dos abiezritas.

33 Depois da morte de Gideão os filhos de Israel tornaram a se prostituir após os baalins, e puseram a Baal-Berite por deus.

34 Assim os filhos de Israel não se lembraram do Senhor seu Deus, que os livrara da mão de todos os seus inimigos ao redor;

35 nem usaram de beneficência para com a casa de Jerubaal, a saber, de Gideão, segundo todo o bem que ele havia feito a Israel.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 8      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 8: Gideon subdues the Midianites.

In this chapter, Gideon continued to dismantle Midian’s oppression over Israel, facing opposition from some of his fellow Israelites in the process. First, the men of Ephraim complained that he did not call them to war. Gideon replied by praising them for their vineyards, and for capturing the two Midianite princes. So, Ephraim’s indignation subsided.

Then Gideon went to the city of Succoth, and asked for bread to feed his army. But the men of Succoth refused, instead taunting him because he had not yet captured the kings of Midian. Gideon told them them he would punish them with thorns and briars, after he had killed the two kings. The people of Penuel were equally dismissive when Gideon asked them for help, and he swore to tear down their tower.

In due course, Gideon captured the two Midianite kings, Zebah and Zalmunna. Gideon told his oldest son to kill them, but he was young, and too afraid to do it. So Gideon killed the two kings, and punished the people of Succoth and Penuel.

When he returned from battle, the people of Israel asked Gideon to rule over them. However, he refused, saying that the Lord would rule Israel. He then collected gold from people’s earrings, used it to make an ephod (a priest’s garment), and set it up in his own city, Ophrah. The people began to worship it, and it became a snare for Gideon.

And Israel had peace for forty years under Gideon. Gideon had seventy sons, and died at an old age. As soon as he passed away, the Israelites forgot all the goodness that the Lord had shown them, and turned to worship other gods.

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The message of Gideon’s exchange with the Ephraimites is that sincerity and openness are the most powerful response to confrontation. Gideon, led by his trust in the Lord, could see the reason for Ephraim’s outburst, so he dealt with it by praising their strengths. This encounter shows how our faith in the Lord gives us a broader perspective, granting us the ability to respond rather than react (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 8159[3]).

When Gideon lashes out at the people of Succoth and Penuel, it may appear that he is acting purely from anger, and a wish to retaliate. In reality, he is filled with zeal to drive out the Midianites and free Israel. It is unthinkable to him that his own people would refuse to give his soldiers food. In our own lives, we can at times be astounded by our own resistance to serving the Lord’s purpose. We are constantly torn between two forces: heaven and hell (Arcana Caelestia 3839[3]).

The killing of the two Midianite kings reflects the need for justice in spiritual matters. If we fail to heed the truths we know and believe, we will suffer the consequences of fear and guilt. These are not inflicted by the Lord, but follow on from our own choices (Arcana Caelestia 2447). Gideon’s son’s inability to kill the kings means that behind spiritual justice, there must be an understanding of the essential value of all life (Arcana Caelestia 5826[2]).

Gideon’s ephod is a symbol showing how easily we can deviate from obeying the Lord. The text does not tell us the reason for Gideon’s actions, but perhaps he felt it was better for the people to worship something superficially related to worshiping the Lord, rather than following a foreign god. Seeing a priest’s garment reminds us that a priest serves the Lord. But we can so easily focus on the majesty of the ephod itself, and think no more about the priest’s duty nor about the Lord. We sometimes drift further from the Lord without even realizing it (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 327).

Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcanos Celestes 3021, 3242, 3246, 3263, 8301

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