Josua 11

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1 Då nu Jabin, konungen i Hasor, hörde detta, sände han bud till Jobab, konungen i Madon, och till konungen i Simron och konungen i Aksaf

2 och till de konungar som bodde norrut, i Bergsbygden och på Hedmarken, söder om Kinarot, och i Låglandet, så ock i Nafot-Dor, västerut,

3 vidare till kananéerna österut och västerut och till amoréerna, hetiterna, perisséerna och jebuséerna i Bergsbygden, så och till hivéerna nedanför Hermon, i Mispalandet.

4 Dessa drogo nu ut med alla sina härar, en folkskara så talrik som sanden på havets strand, jämte hästar och vagnar i stor myckenhet.

5 Alla dessa konungar rotade sig samman; och de kommo och lägrade sig tillhopa vid Meroms vatten, för att strida mot Israel.

6 Men HERREN sade till Josua: »Frukta icke för dem, ty i morgon vid denna tid vill jag själv giva dem allasammans slagna i Israels våld. På deras hästar skall du avskära fotsenorna, och deras vagnar skall du bränna upp i eld

7 Och Josua kom med allt sitt krigsfolk plötsligt över dem vid Meroms vatten och anföll dem.

8 Och HERREN gav dem i Israels hand, och de slogo dem och förföljde dem ända till Stora Sidon, till Misrefot-Maim och till Mispedalen, österut; de slogo dem och läto ingen slippa undan.

9 Och Josua gjorde med dem såsom HERREN hade befallt honom: på deras hästar lät han avskära fotsenorna, och deras vagnar lät han bränna upp i eld.

10 Därefter, vid samma tid, vände Josua tillbaka och intog Hasor och slog dess konung med svärd; ty Hasor var fordom huvudstaden för alla dessa riken.

11 Alla de som voro därinne blevo slagna med svärdsegg och givna till spillo, så att intet som anda hade lämnades kvar; och själva Hasor brände han upp i eld.

12 Likaledes underkuvade Josua alla de andra konungastäderna med alla deras konungar, och han slog deras invånare med svärdsegg och gav dem till spillo, såsom HERRENS tjänare Mose hade bjudit.

13 Dock brände Israel icke upp någon av de städer som lågo på höjder, utom Hasor allena, ty det uppbrändes av Josua.

14 Och allt rovet från dessa städer, så ock boskapen, togo Israels barn såsom sitt byte; men alla människor i dem slogo de med svärdsegg, till dess att de hade förgjort dem; de läto intet som anda hade bliva kvar.

15 Såsom HERREN hade bjudit sin tjänare Mose, så hade Mose bjudit Josua, och så gjorde Josua; han underlät icke något av allt det som HERREN hade bjudit Mose.

16 Så intog Josua hela detta land: Bergsbygden, hela Sydlandet och hela landet Gosen, Låglandet och Hedmarken, så ock Israels bergsbygd och dess lågland,

17 landet från Halakberget, som höjer sig mot Seir, ända till Baal-Gad i Libanonsdalen nedanför berget Hermon; och alla konungar där tog han till fånga och slog dem till döds.

18 I lång tid förde Josua krig mot alla dessa konungar.

19 Om man undantager de hivéer som bodde i Gibeon, fanns ingen stad som ingick fred med Israels barn, utan dessa intogo dem alla med strid.

20 Ty från HERREN kom det att de förstockade sina hjärtan och mötte Israel med krig, för att de skulle givas till spillo, och för att nåd icke skulle vederfaras dem; i stället skulle de förgöras, såsom HERREN hade bjudit Mose.

21 Under denna tid drog Josua åstad och utrotade anakiterna i Bergsbygden, i Hebron, Debir och Anab, i hela Juda bergsbygd och i hela Israels bergsbygd; Josua gav dem med deras städer till spillo.

22 I Israels barns land lämnades inga anakiter kvar; allenast i Gasa, Gat och Asdod blevo några kvar.

23 Så intog Josua hela landet, alldeles såsom HERREN hade lovat Mose; och Josua gav det till arvedel åt Israel, efter deras avdelningar och stammar. Och landet hade nu ro från krig.

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Exploring the Meaning of Joshua 11      

Joshua 11: Joshua conquers the entire land.

In this chapter, the Canaanite kings of the north, east and west heard that Israel had conquered all of the southern Canaanite territories. Jabin, king of Hazor, called upon the other Canaanite kingdoms to join forces and attack Israel with a great army.

The Lord reassured Joshua, “Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel” (verse 6). So Joshua counterattacked, and Israel defeated the Canaanites just as the Lord had said.

The rest of the chapter is an account of Joshua’s victories, now here, now there. Israel destroyed each of the Canaanite cities and territories and not one of them was left undefeated (See Swedenborg’s work, The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 161-164). In all of Canaan, only the Gibeonites were spared because they had made a peace treaty with Israel. The chapter closes with these words: “So Joshua took the whole land according to all that the Lord had said to Moses, and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. Then the land had rest from war” (verse 23).

Now we turn to the spiritual meaning of all this, and its meaning for us. Because of our inherited, human nature, each of us has internal things we have to contend with in our natural life. These Canaanites - the faults we must overcome - are described by the compass points: north, south, east and west. Here are the spiritual meanings of the four cardinal directions (see Swedenborg’s work, Heaven and Hell 141-153):

West = less love

East = greater love

North = less light and wisdom

South = greater light and wisdom

Swedenborg tells us that heaven is organized by this principle. Angels with the clearest perception of love live in the eastern region of heaven, while those with a more hazy understanding live in the west. The same thing applies to the north/south axis; those in a “clear light of wisdom” live in the south, and those in a “dim light of wisdom” live in the north (Heaven and Hell 148). These poles represent angels’ states of love and wisdom, and their use. Just like people on earth, angels experience varying states of love and wisdom - sometimes more, sometimes less - but with angels this leads to them turning again to the Lord to acknowledge that he is their God.

The same pattern exists in hell, but instead of love and wisdom there is self-love (or even hatred) and false thinking from this distorted love. In hell, the degree of intensity in these states is between the rage to dominate and the exhaustion of failing.

In our life on earth, we experience states of both heaven and hell. As we are only partly regenerated, we rapidly switch between these states because of our emotions and the upheavals of life in this world. This chapter about the conflict between Israel and the Canaanites represents our own, personal decisions about what will be the ruling influence in our lives - heaven or hell (See Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 5982).

The end of this chapter offers two important statements describing the conflict between heaven and hell. The first one (in verse 20) says the Lord hardened the hearts of Israel’s enemies so that they came to attack, and consequently were destroyed. This tells us that we have to see our evils for what they are in order to turn away from them (See Swedenborg’s unpublished work, Charity 179-180).

The second statement (verses 21-22) says that Joshua completely destroyed the Anakim, except beyond the borders of the land. The Anakim were giants, and they stand for those enormous tensions and rages which evil spirits from hell bring us at times. This (reassuringly) helps us see that we are not like that ourselves, but we could be if we let those evil spirits make a home in our hearts and minds (Arcana Caelestia 2909[3]).

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Arcana Coelestia 2799, 2909, 2913, 3527, 4240, 4431, 6860

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