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1 En tid därefter, medan veteskörden pågick, ville Simson besöka sin hustru, och förde med sig en killing. Och han sade: »Låt mig gå in till min hustru i kammaren.» Men hennes fader ville icke tillstädja honom att gå in;

2 hennes fader sade: »Jag höll för säkert att du hade fattat hat till henne, och därför gav jag henne åt din bröllopssven. Men hon har ju en yngre syster, som är fagrare än hon; tag denna i stället för den andra.»

3 Men Simson svarade dem: »Denna gång är jag utan skuld gent emot filistéerna, om jag gör dem något ont

4 Och Simson gick bort och fångade tre hundra rävar; sedan tog han facklor, band så ihop två och två rävar med svansarna och satte in en fackla mitt emellan de två svansarna.

5 Därefter tände han eld på facklorna och släppte djuren in på filistéernas sädesfält och antände så både sädesskylar och oskuren säd, vingårdar och olivplanteringar.

6 Då nu filistéerna frågade efter vem som hade gjort detta, fingo de det svaret: »Det har Simson, timnitens måg, därför att denne tog hans hustru och gav henne åt hans bröllopssven.» Då drogo filistéerna åstad och brände upp både henne och hennes fader i eld.

7 Men Simson sade till dem: »Om I beten eder så, skall jag sannerligen icke vila, förrän jag har tagit hämnd på eder.»

8 Och han for våldsamt fram med dem, så att de varken kunde gå eller stå. Sedan gick han ned därifrån och bodde i bergsklyftan vid Etam.

9 Då drogo filistéerna upp och lägrade sig i Juda; och de spridde sig i Lehi.

10 Och Juda män sade: »Varför haven I dragit hitupp mot oss?» De svarade: »Vi hava dragit hitupp för att binda Simson och för att göra mot honom såsom han har gjort mot oss

11 Då drogo tre tusen män från Juda ned till bergsklyftan vid Etam och sade till Simson: »Du vet ju att filistéerna råda över oss; huru har du då kunnat göra så mot oss?» Han svarade dem: »Såsom de hava gjort mot mig, så har jag gjort mot dem.»

12 De sade till honom: »Vi hava kommit hitned för att binda dig och sedan lämna dig i filistéernas handSimson sade till dem: »Så given mig nu eder ed på att I icke själva viljen stöta ned mig.»

13 De svarade honom: »Nej, vi vilja allenast binda dig och sedan lämna dig i deras hand, men vi skola icke döda dig.» Så bundo de honom med två nya tåg och förde honom upp, bort ifrån klippan.

14 När han nu kom till Lehi, skriade filistéerna och sprungo emot honom. Då kom HERRENS Ande över honom, och tågen omkring hans armar blevo såsom lintrådar, när de antändas av eld, och banden likasom smälte bort ifrån hans händer.

15 Och han fick fatt i en åsnekäke som ännu var frisk; och han räckte ut sin hand och tog den, och med den slog han ihjäl tusen män.

16 Sedan sade Simson: »Med åsnekäken slog jag en skara, ja, två; med åsnekäken slog jag tusen man

17 När han hade sagt detta, kastade han käken ifrån sig. Och man kallade den platsen Ramat-Lehi .

18 Men då han därefter blev mycket törstig, ropade han till HERREN och sade: »Du själv har genom din tjänare givit denna stora seger; och nu måste jag av törst, och så falla i de oomskurnas hand

19 Då lät Gud fördjupningen i Lehi öppna sig, och därur gick ut vatten, så att han kunde dricka; och hans ande kom tillbaka, och han fick liv igen. Därav kallades källan Den ropandes källa i Lehi , såsom den heter ännu i dag.

20 Och han var domare i Israel under filistéernas tid, i tjugu år.

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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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