Isus Navin 19

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1 Potom izađe drugi žreb za Simeuna, pleme sinova Simeunovih po porodicama njihovim, i bi nasledstvo njihovo usred nasledstva sinova Judinih.

2 I dopade im u nasledstvo Virsaveja i Saveja i Molada,

3 I Asar-Sual i Vala i Asem,

4 I Eltolad i Vetuil i Orma,

5 I Siklag i Vet-Marhavot i Asar-Susa,

6 I Vet-Levaot i Saruen; trinaest gradova sa selima svojim;

7 Ajin, Remon i Eter i Asan, četiri grada sa selima svojim;

8 I sva sela što behu oko tih gradova dori do Valat-Vira, a to je Ramat južni. To je nasledstvo plemena sinova Simeunovih po porodicama njihovim.

9 Od dela sinova Judinih dopade nasledstvo sinovima Simeunovim, jer deo sinova Judinih beše velik za njih, zato sinovi Simeunovi dobiše nasledstvo na njihovom nasledstvu.

10 Potom izađe treći žreb za sinove Zavulonove po porodicama njihovim; i međa nasledstvu njihovom bi do Saride.

11 A odatle ide međa njihova pokraj mora na Maralu, i dopire do Davaseta, i ide na potok koji je prema Jokneamu,

12 Pa se okreće od Saride na istok do međe kislot-tavorske, i ide na Davrat i izlazi do Jafe;

13 Otuda ide opet k istoku do Gita-Efera, a to je Ita-Kasin, i izlazi na Remon-Metoar, a to je Neja;

14 Otuda se savija međa k severu na Anaton, i izlazi u dolinu Jeftail,

15 S Katatom i s Nalalom i Simronom i Idalom i Vitlejemom, dvanaest gradova sa selima svojim.

16 To je nasledstvo sinova Zavulonovih po porodicama njihovim, to su gradovi i sela njihova.

17 Za Isahara izađe žreb četvrti, za sinove Isaharove po porodicama njihovim;

18 A međa im bi: Jezrael i Kesulot i Sunim,

19 I Aferajim i Seon i Anaharat,

20 I Ravit i Kision i Aves,

21 I Remet i En-Ganim i En-Ada i Bet-Fasis,

22 A otuda ide međa na Tavor i na Sahasimu i Vet-Semes, i udara u Jordan; šesnaest gradova sa selima svojim.

23 To je nasledstvo plemena sinova Isaharovih po porodicama njihovim; to su gradovi i sela njihova.

24 Potom izađe žreb peti za pleme sinova Asirovih po porodicama njihovim.

25 I međa im bi: Helkat i Alija i Veten, i Ahsaf,

26 I Alameleh i Amad i Misal, i pruža se do Karmela k moru i do Sihor-Livnata,

27 I odatle se savija k istoku na Vet-Dagon, i dopire do Zavulona i do doline Jeftaila k severu, i do Vetemeka i Naila, i ide do Havula nalevo;

28 I Hevron i Reov i Amon i Kana skroz do Sidona velikog;

29 Otuda se savija međa na Ramu i do tvrdog grada Tira, a otuda se savija na Osu i izlazi na more pokraj dela ahsivskog;

30 I Ama i Afek i Reov; dvadeset i dva grada sa selima svojim.

31 To je nasledstvo plemena sinova Asirovih po porodicama njihovim, to su gradovi i sela njihova.

32 Za sinove Neftalimove izađe žreb šesti, za sinove Neftalimove po porodicama njihovim,

33 I međa im bi od Elafa i od Alona do Sananima, i od Adami-Nekeva i Javnila do Lakuma, i izlazi na Jordan;

34 Potom se obrće međa na zapad k Aznot-Tavoru, i ide na Ukok, i dopire do Zavulona s juga i do Asira sa zapada i do Jude na Jordanu s istoka.

35 A tvrdi su gradovi: Sidim, Ser i Amat, Rakat i Hinerot,

36 I Adama i Rama i Asor,

37 I Kedes i Edrej i En-Asor,

38 I Iron Migdalil, Orem i Vet-Anat i Vet-Semes; devetnaest gradova sa selima svojim.

39 To je nasledstvo plemena sinova Neftalimovih po porodicama njihovim, to su gradovi sa selima svojim.

40 Sedmi žreb izađe za pleme sinova Danovih po porodicama njihovim,

41 I međa nasledstvu njihovom bi Sara i Estaol i Ir-Semes,

42 I Salavin i Ajalon i Jetla,

43 I Elon i Tamnata i Akaron,

44 I Eltekon i Giveton i Valat,

45 I Jud i Vani-Varak i Gat-Rimon,

46 I Me-Jarkon i Rakon s međama svojim prema Jopi.

47 Ali međe sinova Danovih izađoše male za njih; zato izađoše sinovi Danovi i udariše na Lesem i uzeše ga i pobiše oštrim mačem i osvojiše ga, i naseliše se u njemu, i Lesem prozvaše Dan po imenu Dana oca svog.

48 To je nasledstvo plemena sinova Danovih po porodicama njihovim; to su gradovi i sela njihova.

49 A kad podeliše zemlju po međama njenim, daše sinovi Izrailjevi nasledstvo Isusu, sinu Navinom, među sobom.

50 Po zapovesti Gospodnjoj daše mu grad koji zaiska, Tamnat-Sarah u gori Jefremovoj, a on sagradi grad i naseli se u njemu.

51 To su nasledstva koja Eleazar sveštenik i Isus sin Navin i glavari porodica otačkih u plemenima sinova Izrailjevih podeliše žrebom u Silomu pred Gospodom na vratima šatora od sastanka, i tako podeliše zemlju.

  

Exploring the Meaning of Isus Navin 19      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Joshua 19: The last six tribes receive their territories, and Joshua his inheritance.

This chapter is the last of seven chapters detailing the division of the land of Canaan among the tribes. In this chapter, the remaining six tribes receive their portions.

Simeon received land very much in the south, below that of Judah, and Simeon’s territory was made a part of Judah. Simeon means ‘to hear’. To hear the Lord, and to hear the truth, means wanting to live in obedience with what the Lord teaches. Simeon was important in earlier biblical events, but is rarely mentioned later on; obeying the Lord can and should be a quiet affair (see Swedenborg’s work, Apocalypse Revealed 87).

The area given to Zebulun was modest and towards the north, between the Sea of Galilee and the coast. Zebulun’s name means ‘place of exaltation and honor’, and its spiritual meaning is just as glorious: it refers to honoring the Lord through the way we live our lives, both inwardly and outwardly (see Swedenborg’s Heaven and Hell 390).

Issachar’s territory was a small, fertile area in the north, next to the Jordan. The name “Issachar” means ‘a man of hire’ or ‘a hired man’. Spiritually, this is about wanting to serve the Lord, and dedicating our lives to this. Then we are ‘employed’ as servants of the Lord, and we are rewarded with spiritual strength, joy, and blessings (see Swedenborg’s Arcana Caelestia 6388).

Asher means ‘happy’ - a delightful name - and its territory was along the northern coastline, extending inland. It included Mount Carmel and the Plain of Sharon, which were both beautiful places. Spiritual happiness is quite deep, and is really a feeling of joy, contentment, and well-being. When we are spiritually happy, we feel glad to be alive, to know the Lord, and to do what is good because of God (Arcana Caelestia 6408).

Naphtali had territory going up from the Sea of Galilee to the northern border. Naphtali means ‘crafty and cunning’, which does not sound very heavenly. However, the idea is that we use our intelligence to bring heavenly results from the countless decisions we make each and every day. Earlier in the Bible, Naphtali is blessed and called ‘a deer let loose’, which would then be free to bound away (see Genesis 49:21, Arcana Caelestia 3928).

Dan had two small territories: one in the centre on the coast, and one in the far north near the source of the River Jordan. Dan means ‘to judge well’, and it stands for our need to treat people fairly because of our relationship with the Lord. Perhaps there are two territories because one is our mind (north), and the other is in life (center) (Arcana Caelestia 3923).

Finally, Joshua himself is given his inheritance, a place in Ephraim called Timnath Serah. The name means ‘an extra portion’, and this suggests that beyond everything Joshua has done, he is to be given something further. Spiritually, this could be the unexpected delight we get when we devote ourselves to serving the Lord (Arcana Caelestia 995[3]).

The spiritual meaning of receiving a portion of land is that we are able to experience blessings and goodness from the Lord, but only after we have ‘conquered the land’. This means working through our temptations and overcoming weaknesses during our natural life.

Since the land of Canaan stands for heaven – and also for the growth of heaven in us – each of the twelve tribes represent a part of heavenly life that needs to be active in us. We must learn hear the word of the Lord, judge well in our daily actions, and honor His name by the way we live.

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