Josua 6

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1 Och Jeriko hade sina portar stängda, det höll sig tillstängt för Israels barn; ingen gick ut eller in.

2 Men HERREN sade till Josua: »Se, jag har givit Jeriko med dess konung, med dess tappra stridsmän, i din hand.

3 Tågen nu omkring staden, så många stridbara män I ären, runt omkring staden en gång; så skall du göra i sex dagar.

4 Och sju präster skola bära de sju jubelbasunerna framför arken; men på sjunde dagen skolen I tåga omkring staden sju gånger; och prästerna skola stöta i basunerna.

5 Och när det blåses i jubelhornet med utdragen ton, och I hören basunljudet, skall allt folket upphäva ett stort härskri; då skola stadsmurarna falla på stället, och folket skall draga in över dem, var och en rätt fram.»

6 Då kallade Josua, Nuns son, till sig prästerna och sade till dem: »Tagen förbundsarken, och sju präster skola bära sju jubelbasuner framför HERRENS ark

7 Och till folket blev sagt: »Dragen ut och tågen omkring staden; och den väpnade skaran skall draga framför HERRENS ark

8 Då nu Josua hade sagt detta till folket, drogo de sju präster som buro jubelbasunerna framför HERREN åstad och stötte i basunerna; och HERRENS förbundsark följde efter dem.

9 Och den väpnade skaran gick framför prästerna som stötte i basunerna, och den övriga hopen slutade tåget och följde efter arken, under det att man alltjämt stötte i basunerna.

10 Men Josua hade bjudit folket och sagt: »I skolen icke upphäva något härskri eller låta höra eder röst eller ens låta något ord utgå av eder mun, förrän den dag då jag säger till eder: 'Häven upp ett härskri'; då skolen I upphäva ett härskri.»

11 Och när han så hade låtit bära HERRENS ark omkring staden, runt omkring den en gång, gingo de in i lägret och stannade i lägret över natten.

12 Och följande morgon stod Josua bittida upp, och prästerna togo HERRENS ark.

13 Och de sju präster som buro de sju jubelbasunerna framför HERRENS ark gingo alltjämt och stötte i basunerna; och den väpnade skaran gick framför dem, och den övriga hopen slutade tåget och följde efter HERRENS ark, under det att man alltjämt stötte i basunerna.

14 De tågade också nu på andra dagen en gång omkring staden och återvände sedan till lägret; så gjorde de i sex dagar.

15 Men på sjunde dagen stodo de bittida upp vid morgonrodnadens uppgång och tågade då sju gånger omkring staden på samma sätt; endast denna dag tågade de sju gånger omkring staden.

16 Och när prästerna sjunde gången stötte i basunerna, sade Josua till folket: »Häven upp ett härskri, ty HERREN har givit eder staden.

17 Men staden med allt vad däri är skall givas till spillo åt HERREN; allenast skökan Rahab skall få leva, jämte alla som äro inne i hennes hus, därför att hon gömde de utskickade som vi hade sänt åstad.

18 Men tagen eder väl till vara för det tillspillogivna, så att I icke, sedan I haven givit det till spillo, ändå tagen något av det tillspillogivna och därigenom kommen Israels läger att hemfalla åt tillspillogivning, och så dragen olycka över det.

19 Allt silver och guld och allt som är av koppar eller järn skall vara helgat åt HERREN och ingå till HERRENS skatt

20 Då hov folket upp ett härskri, och man stötte i basunerna. Ja, när folket hörde basunljudet, hov det upp ett stort härskri; då föllo murarna på stället, och folket drog över dem in i staden, var och en rätt fram; så intogo de staden.

21 Och de gåvo till spillo allt vad som fanns i staden, både män och kvinnor, både unga och gamla, så ock oxar, får och åsnor, och slogo dem med svärdsegg.

22 Men till de båda män som hade bespejat landet sade Josua: »Gån in i skökans hus och fören kvinnan, jämte alla som tillhöra henne, ut därifrån, såsom I med ed haven lovat henne.»

23 Då gingo de unga män som hade varit där såsom spejare ditin och förde ut Rahab, jämte hennes fader och moder och hennes bröder och alla som tillhörde henne; hela hennes släkt förde de ut. Och de släppte dem utanför Israels läger.

24 Men staden med allt vad som fanns däri brände de upp i eld; allenast silvret och guldet och det som var av koppar eller järn lade de till skatten i HERRENS hus.

25 Men skökan Rahab och hennes faders hus och alla som tillhörde henne lät Josua leva, och hon fick bo bland Israels folk, intill denna dag; detta därför att hon gömde de utskickade som Josua hade sänt åstad för att bespeja Jeriko.

26 På den tiden lät Josua folket svärja denna ed: »Förbannad vare inför HERREN den man som tager sig före att åter bygga upp denna stad, Jeriko. När han lägger dess grund, må detta kosta honom hans äldste son, och när han sätter upp dess portar, må detta kosta honom hans yngste son.»

27 Och HERREN var med Josua, så att ryktet om honom gick ut över hela landet.

  

Exploring the Meaning of Josua 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)

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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:

Arcana Caelestia 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 728, 2799, 2838, 2973, 5955, 9396, 9416

Apocalypse Revealed 397, 529

Levernes-lära för Nya Jerusalem 59

True Christian Religion 284


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 55, 458, 502, 700

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Jeriko
Jericho' signifies instruction and also the good of life because no one can be instructed in the truths of doctrine but he who is in...

Israels
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

barn
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

HERREN
The Bible refers to the Lord in many different ways, which from the text seem indistinguishable and interchangeable. Understood in the internal sense, though, there...

Josua
Joshua is first mentioned in Exodus 17, where he is told to select men to fight for the children of Israel against the Amalekites in...

Se
To look,' as in Genesis 18:22, signifies thinking, because seeing denotes understanding. Look not back behind thee,' as in Genesis 19:17, means that Lot, who...

konung
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

hand
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

staden
Cities of the mountain and cities of the plain (Jeremiah 33:13) signify doctrines of charity and faith.

runt
To encompass, as in Genesis 19:4, signifies to be contrary, or to attack and assault with a hostile intention.

sex
Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary. When used in relation...

dagar
The expression 'even to this day' or 'today' sometimes appears in the Word, as in Genesis 19:37-38, 22:14, 26:33, 32:32, 35:20, and 47:26. In a...

sju
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

präster
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

arken
Det finns tre bågar som nämns i Ordet, Noas ark, bulkarken för barnet Mose och förbundets ark i tabernaklet. Alla dessa tre representerar det mänskliga...

sjunde
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

prästerna
Priests' represent the Lord regarding His divine good. When they do not acknowledge the Lord, they lose their signification of the Lord.

falla
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

Son
A child is a young boy or girl in the care of parents, older than a suckling or an infant, but not yet an adolescent....

ark
Det finns tre bågar som nämns i Ordet, Noas ark, bulkarken för barnet Mose och förbundets ark i tabernaklet. Alla dessa tre representerar det mänskliga...

efter
Enligt Swedenborg finns tid och rum inte i andlig verklighet; det är rent naturliga saker som bara finns på det fysiska planet. Det betyder att...

höra
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

röst
'Voice' signifies what is announced from the Word. 'Voice' often refers and is applied to things that cannot have a voice, as in Exodus 4,...

ord
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

mun
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

dag
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

säger
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

lägret
Camps in the Bible represent spiritual order – a person’s (or a church community’s) whole collection of desires for good and true ideas on how...

morgon
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

bittida
Since the sun represents the Lord, the early morning and sunrise represent a state of enlightenment, with a new and clear understanding coming after a...

sätt
These days we tend to think of "roads" as smooth swaths of pavement, and judge them by how fast we can drive cars on them....

hus
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

läger
Camps in the Bible represent spiritual order – a person’s (or a church community’s) whole collection of desires for good and true ideas on how...

silver
'Money' relates to truth.

guld
Gold means good, and just as gold was the most precious metal known to ancient mankind so it represents the good of the highest and...

koppar
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.

Järn
'Iron,' in Deuteronomy 8:9, signifies natural or rational truth. Iron' signifies natural truth, and consequently, the natural sense of the Word. At the same time,...

helgat
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skatt
'Treasure,' as in Matthew 13:44, signifies divine truth in the Word.

man
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

män
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

kvinnor
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åsnor
Donkeys signify the things relating to the self-intelligence of the sensual man; and camels, the things of self-intelligence in the natural man (Isa 30:6, 7.)

landet
Generally in the Bible a "country" means a political subdivision ruled by a king, or sometimes a tribe with a territory ruled by a king...

ed
'To sware' is a binding.

unga män
"Youths" or "Young men" generally represent intelligence or the understanding of truth. This is fitting, since adolescent boys tend to be more advanced intellectually than...

fader
Father in the Word means what is most interior, and in those things that are following the Lord's order, it means what is good. In...

moder
In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some...

bröder
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

eld
Fire, in the spiritual sense, can mean both love and hatred depending on the context, just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping...

Bo
Many people were nomadic in Biblical times, especially the times of the Old Testament, and lived in tents that could be struck, moved and re-raised...

tiden
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

bygga
Det finns verkligen två betydelser för "bygga" i Bibeln. När något byggs för första gången, eller byggs i den mest typiska meningen, betyder det att...

Stad
In the ancient world cities were very nearly nations unto themselves – they existed within walls, with their own laws and customs, generally centered on...

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