КнигаСудей 15

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1 Чрез несколько дней, во время жатвы пшеницы, пришел Самсон повидаться с женою своею, принеся с собою козленка; и когда сказал: „войду к жене моей в спальню", отец ее не дал ему войти.

2 И сказал отец ее: я подумал, что ты возненавидел ее, и я отдал ее другу твоему; вот, меньшая сестра красивее ее; пусть она будет тебе вместо ее.

3 Но Самсон сказал им: теперь я буду прав пред Филистимлянами, если сделаю им зло.

4 И пошел Самсон, и поймал триста лисиц, и взял факелы, и связал хвост с хвостом, и привязал по факелу между двумя хвостами;

5 и зажег факелы, и пустил их на жатву Филистимскую, и выжег и копны и нежатый хлеб, и виноградные сады и масличные.

6 И говорили Филистимляне: кто это сделал? И сказали: Самсон, зять Фимнафянина, ибо этот взял жену его и отдал другу его. И пошли Филистимляне и сожгли огнем ее и отца ее.

7 Самсон сказал им: хотя вы сделали это, но я отмщу вам самим и тогда только успокоюсь.

8 И перебил он им голени и бедра, и пошел и засел в ущелье скалы Етама.

9 И пошли Филистимляне, и расположились станом в Иудее, и протянулись до Лехи.

10 И сказали жители Иудеи: за что вы вышли против нас? Они сказали: мыпришли связать Самсона, чтобы поступить с ним, как он поступил с нами.

11 И пошли три тысячи человек из Иудеи к ущелью скалы Етама и сказали Самсону: разве ты не знаешь, что Филистимляне господствуют над нами?что ты это сделал нам? Он сказал им: как они со мною поступили, так и я поступил с ними.

12 И сказали ему: мы пришли связать тебя, чтобы отдать тебя в руки Филистимлянам. И сказал им Самсон: поклянитесь мне, что вы не убьете меня.

13 И сказали ему: нет, мы только свяжем тебя и отдадим тебя в руки их, а умертвить не умертвим. И связали его двумя новыми веревками и повели его из ущелья.

14 Когда он подошел к Лехе, Филистимляне с криком встретили его. Исошел на него Дух Господень, и веревки, бывшие на руках его, сделались, как перегоревший лен, и упали узы его с рук его.

15 Нашел он свежую ослиную челюсть и, протянув руку свою, взял ее, и убил ею тысячу человек.

16 И сказал Самсон: челюстью ослиною толпу, две толпы, челюстью ослиною убил я тысячу человек.

17 Сказав это, бросил челюсть из руки своей и назвал то место: Рамаф-Лехи.

18 И почувствовал сильную жажду и воззвал к Господу и сказал: Тысоделал рукою раба Твоего великое спасение сие; а теперь умру я от жажды, и попаду в руки необрезанных.

19 И разверз Бог ямину в Лехе, и потекла из нее вода. Он напился, и возвратился дух его, и он ожил; от того и наречено имя месту сему: „Источник взывающего", который в Лехе до сего дня.

20 И был он судьею Израиля во дни Филистимлян двадцать лет.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 15      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 15: Samson defeats the Philistines.

At the beginning of this chapter, we learn that the one who gave Samson’s wife to another man was his father-in-law, who thought that Samson truly hated her. He then offered Samson her younger sister instead, saying, “Is she not better? Take her.”

Samson, enraged, took three-hundred foxes and tied them tail-to-tail in pairs, with a lit torch between them. He then released them in the Philistines’ standing grain, vineyards and olive groves to burn up their crops, as revenge for the loss of his wife. In retaliation, the Philistines went and burned her and her father. In a final act of vengeance, Samson killed very many of the Philistines, then went to dwell in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

The Philistines went to Judah, stating their intent to arrest Samson, and the men of Judah passed on the message to him. Samson made the Judeans promise not to kill him themselves, but only to bind him with two new ropes before giving him to the Philistines as a prisoner.

When the Philistines came, Samson broke apart the ropes, and killed a thousand of them with the jawbone of a donkey. Then he threw the jawbone away, and complained to the Lord that he was thirsty. The Lord answered his cry for help by splitting the ground where the jawbone fell, so that Samson could drink the water that flowed from it.

The final verse of this chapter tells us that Samson judged Israel twenty years.

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Samson’s marriage to a Philistine woman speaks to the appealing, or even enticing, nature of ‘faith alone’ spirituality, represented by the Philistines. We must stay on our guard, to ensure that we are not caught up in thinking that faith alone will save us. The father offers Samson his wife’s younger sister, saying she is even better, but Samson had already learned to be wary by that point.

The foxes, tied together with their tails lit on fire, vividly describes the twisted and destructive nature of faith alone, and the way it consumes our potential to lead a fruitful life. The Word often depicts the state of a nation or religion through a story illustrating its true nature (True Christian Religion 130)

The cycle of revenge between Samson and the Philistines represents our personal struggles during temptation and our wish to regenerate. Our whole effort during regeneration is to resist sins that might lure us in, and to maintain our intention to live the Word (see Swedenborg’s work, Divine Providence 83[6]). The men of Judah who bind Samson represent our love for the Lord and for everything of the Lord, although this seems contradictory on a surface level. In this case, being ‘bound up’ means to be bound in our commitment to the Lord, so that we are restrained from doing evil (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 577[4]).

Samson stands for the power of the Word acting in our lives to assert what is true, to protect what must be upheld, and to defend against evils. He uses the jawbone of a donkey because a jawbone allows us to eat food (spiritually, nourishment from the Word), and also to proclaim the Lord’s truths. This gives us the power to expose and reject the belief that spirituality consists of faith alone (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 9049[6]).

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