Domarboken 21

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1 Men Israels män hade svurit i Mispa och sagt: »Ingen av oss skall giva sin dotter till hustru åt någon benjaminit.»

2 Och nu kom folket till Betel och stannade där ända till aftonen inför Guds ansikte; och de brusto ut i bitter gråt

3 och sade: »Varför, o HERRE, Israels Gud, har sådant fått ske i Israel, att i dag en hel stam fattas i Israel

4 Dagen därefter stod folket bittida upp och byggde där ett altare och offrade brännoffer och tackoffer.

5 och Israels barn sade: »Finnes någon bland Israels alla stammar, som icke kom upp till HERREN med den övriga församlingen?» Ty man hade svurit en dyr ed, att den som icke komme upp till HERREN i Mispa skulle straffas med döden.

6 Och Israels barn ömkade sig över sin broder Benjamin och sade: »Nu har en hel stam blivit borthuggen från Israel.

7 Vad skola vi göra för dem som äro kvar, så att de kunna få hustrur? Ty själva hava vi ju svurit vid HERREN att icke åt dem giva hustrur av våra döttrar

8 Och då frågade åter: »Finnes bland Israels stammar någon som icke kom upp till HERREN i Mispa?» Och se, från Jabes i Gilead hade ingen kommit till lägret, till församlingen där.

9 Ty när folket mönstrades, befanns det att ingen av invånarna i Jabes i Gilead var där.

10 sände menigheten dit tolv tusen av de tappraste männen och bjöd dessa och sade: »Gån åstad och slån invånarna i Jabes i Gilead med svärdsegg, också kvinnor och barn.

11 Ja, detta är vad I skolen göra: allt mankön och alla de kvinnor som hava haft med mankön att skaffa skolen I giva till spillo.

12 Men bland invånarna i Jabes i Gilead funno de fyra hundra unga kvinnor som voro jungfrur och icke hade haft med män, med mankön, att skaffa. Dessa förde de då till lägret i Silo i Kanaans land.

13 Sedan sände hela menigheten åstad och underhandlade med de benjaminiter som befunno sig på Rimmons klippa, och tillbjöd dem fred.

14 Så vände nu Benjamin tillbaka; och man gav dem till hustrur de kvinnor från Jabes i Gilead, som man hade låtit leva. Men dessa räckte ingalunda till för dem.

15 Och folket ömkade sig över Benjamin, eftersom HERREN hade gjort en rämna bland Israels stammar.

16 Och de äldste i menigheten sade: »Vad skola vi göra med dem som äro kvar, så att de kunna få hustrur? Ty alla kvinnor äro ju utrotade ur Benjamin

17 Och de sade ytterligare: »De undkomna av Benjamin måste få en besittning, så att icke en stam bliver utplånad ur Israel.

18 Men själva kunna vi icke åt dem giva hustrur av våra döttrar, ty Israels barn hava svurit och sagt: Förbannad vare den som giver en hustru åt Benjamin

19 Och de sade vidare: »En HERREN högtid plägar ju hållas år efter år i Silo, som ligger norr om Betel, öster om den väg som går från Betel upp till Sikem, och söder om Lebona.»

20 Och de bjödo Benjamins barn och sade: »Gån åstad och läggen eder i försåt i vingårdarna.

21 När I då fån se Silos döttrar komma ut för att uppföra sina dansar, skolen I komma fram ur vingårdarna, och var och en av eder skall bland Silos döttrar rycka till sig en som kan bliva hans hustru; därefter skolen I begiva eder hem till Benjamins land.

22 Om sedan deras fäder eller deras bröder komma och beklaga sig för oss, vilja vi säga till dem: 'Förunnen oss dem; ty ingen av oss har tagit sig någon hustru i kriget. I haven ju då icke själva givit dem åt dessa; ty i sådant fall haden I ådragit eder skuld.'»

23 Och Benjamins barn gjorde så och skaffade sig hustrur, lika många som de själva voro, bland de dansande kvinnor som de rövade. Sedan begåvo de sig tillbaka till sin arvedel och byggde åter upp städerna och bosatte sig i dem.

24 Också de övriga israeliterna begåvo sig bort därifrån, var och en till sin stam och sin släkt, och drogo ut därifrån, var och en till sin arvedel.

25 På den tiden fanns ingen konung i Israel; var och en gjorde vad honom behagade.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 21      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Wives Provided for the Men of Benjamin

This final chapter of the book of Judges deals with the wish of Israel to provide the remaining men of Benjamin with wives so that the tribe would not die out, since it was one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Yet the men of Israel had made a vow at Mizpah not to give their daughters to any men of Benjamin.

Providing wives means to add either truth or good to a situation. “In the Word, when ‘husband’ is mentioned, then ‘wife’ stands for truth. But when the husband is called ‘the man’, then ‘wife’ stands for good. This is the way it gets continually used in the Word.” (Arcana Caelestia 1468) In this chapter the men are called ‘the men of Benjamin’ or the Benjamites, so wives stand for good being joined to truth.

The men of Israel wondered who had not come to the gathering at Mizpah and recalled that no one from Jabesh Gilead had come. This meant that they were not under the obligation of the vow. The men of Israel told men to go and kill every man in that city and also any woman who was not a virgin. They found four hundred young virgins and brought them up to the camp at Shiloh.

The name Jabesh-Gilead means ‘arid’ and its spiritual meaning is in this city’s non-participation in dealing with the problem of the tribe of Benjamin. It stands for our refusal and disinclination to act to progress the spiritual life of the Word and our obedience to it.
But in it are four hundred young virgins who are not part of this non-participation and they can be taken to be wives for the men of Benjamin, to provide a future and an offspring.

“Virgins stand for the Lord’s kingdom, for everyone who is a kingdom of the Lord or a ‘church’, those who love the Lord, those who are in the affection for good, in charity to their neighbour, and those who love what is true. All of this is from the conjugial love which is there in chaste virgins.” (Arcana Caelestia 3081)

But even so, this is not enough to provide sufficient wives for the men of Benjamin. They recall that there is a yearly feast at Shiloh at which the young daughters of Shiloh dance. They tell the men of Benjamin to go there at the time of the feast and when the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance, to each seize a girl and take her away to Benjamin. And if anyone complains about breaking the vow made at Mizpah, it will be told them that this does not apply to the men of Benjamin and to be kind to this taking of wives.

The spiritual meaning of this is that it is essential that the tribe of Benjamin who stand for the link or connection between internal and external states, should have a full complement of wives so that truth and good can be together in producing and preserving this connection for our spiritual wholeness and its life. (Arcana Caelestia 5411)

The final verse of the book of Judges, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own eyes”, very much describes the sequence of the stories in Judges to the point where good and truth, love for the Lord and obedience to the Word, are marginalised, and replaced by one wrong action after another, through to the very end.

The spiritual meaning in these wrong doings can be seen to show their purpose in terms of our spiritual life and regeneration. This is the purpose of them being included in the Word, and while the text is at times harrowing, it contains the basis for giving us the truths which lead to eternal life and the Lord.

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Arcana Coelestia 9422


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