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1 Nang magkagayo'y si Jerobaal na siyang Gedeon, at ang buong bayan na kasama niya ay bumangong maaga, at humantong sa bukal ng Harod: at ang kampamento ng Madian ay nasa dakong hilagaan nila, sa dako roon ng Moreh, sa libis.

2 At sinabi ng Panginoon kay Gedeon, Ang bayang kasama mo ay totoong marami sa akin upang aking ibigay ang mga Madianita sa kanilang kamay, baka ang Israel ay magmalaki laban sa akin, na sabihin, Aking sariling kamay ang nagligtas sa akin.

3 Kaya't ngayo'y yumaon ka, ipagpatawag mo sa mga pakinig ng bayan, na iyong sabihin, Sinomang matatakutin at mapanginig, ay bumalik at pumihit mula sa bundok ng Galaad. At bumalik sa bayan ang dalawang pu't dalawang libo; at naiwan ang sangpung libo.

4 At sinabi ng Panginoon kay Gedeon, Ang bayan ay totoong marami pa; palusungin mo sila sa tubig, at doo'y aking susubukin sila sa iyo: at mangyayari, na sinomang aking sabihin sa iyo, Ito'y sumama sa iyo, yaon sumama sa iyo; at sa sinomang sabihin ko sa iyo, Ito'y huwag sumama sa iyo, yao'y huwag sumama sa iyo.

5 Sa gayo'y kaniyang inilusong ang bayan sa tubig: at sinabi ng Panginoon kay Gedeon, Bawa't humimod sa tubig ng kaniyang dila, gaya ng paghimod ng aso, ay iyong ihihiwalay: gayon din ang bawa't yumukong lumuhod upang uminom.

6 At ang bilang ng mga humimod, na inilalagay ang kanilang kamay sa kanilang bibig, ay tatlong daang lalake: nguni't ang buong labis ng bayan ay yumukong lumuhod upang uminom ng tubig.

7 At sinabi ng Panginoon kay Gedeon, Sa pamamagitan ng tatlong daang lalake na humimod ay ililigtas ko kayo, at ibibigay ko ang mga Madianita sa iyong kamay: at pabayaan mong ang buong bayan ay yumaon bawa't isa sa kanikaniyang dako.

8 Sa gayo'y nagbaon ang bayan sa kanilang kamay ng mga pagkain at ng kanilang mga pakakak: at kaniyang sinugo ang lahat ng mga lalake sa Israel na bawa't isa ay umuwi sa kanikaniyang tolda, nguni't pinigil ang tatlong daang lalake: at ang kampamento ng Madian ay nasa ibaba niya sa libis.

9 At nangyari nang gabi ring yaon, na sinabi ng Panginoon sa kaniya, Bumangon ka, lusungin mo ang kampamento; sapagka't aking ibinigay sa iyong kamay.

10 Nguni't kung ikaw ay natatakot na lumusong, ay lumusong ka sa kampamento na kasama ni Phara na iyong lingkod.

11 At iyong maririnig kung ano ang kanilang sinasabi, at pagkatapos ang iyong mga kamay ay lalakas na lumusong sa kampamento. Nang magkagayo'y lumusong siyang kasama si Phara na kaniyang lingkod sa pinakahangganan ng mga lalaking may sakbat na nangasa kampamento.

12 At ang mga Madianita at ang mga Amalecita at ang lahat ng mga anak sa silanganan ay nalalatag sa libis na parang balang dahil sa karamihan; at ang kanilang mga kamelyo ay walang bilang, na gaya ng buhangin na nasa tabi ng dagat dahil sa karamihan.

13 At nang dumating si Gedeon, narito, may isang lalake na nagsasaysay ng isang panaginip sa kaniyang kasama, at kaniyang sinabi, Nanaginip ako ng isang panaginip; at, narito, isang munting tinapay na sebada, ay gumulong hanggang sa kampamento ng Madian, at umabot sa tolda, at tinamaan yaon ng malakas na tuloy bumagsak, at natiwarik, na ang tolda'y lumagpak.

14 At sumagot ang kaniyang kasama, at nagsabi, Ito'y hindi iba, kundi ang tabak ni Gedeon, na anak ni Joas, isang lalaking Israelita, na ibinigay ng Dios sa kaniyang kamay ang Madian at ang buong hukbo niya.

15 At nangyari, nang marinig ni Gedeon ang salaysay tungkol sa panaginip, at ang pagkapaliwanag niyaon, na siya'y sumamba; at siya'y bumalik sa kampamento ng Israel, at sinabi, Tumindig kayo; sapagka't ibinigay ng Panginoon sa inyong kamay ang hukbo ng Madian.

16 At binahagi niya ang tatlong daang lalake ng tatlong pulutong, at kaniyang nilagyan ang mga kamay nilang lahat ng mga pakakak, at mga bangang walang laman at mga sulo sa loob ng mga banga.

17 At kaniyang sinabi sa kanila, Masdan ninyo ako, at inyong parisan: at, narito, pagka ako'y dumating sa pinakahuling bahagi ng kampamento, ay mangyayari, na kung anong aking gawin ay siya ninyong gagawin.

18 Pagka ako'y hihihip ng pakakak, ako at lahat na kasama ko, ay humihip nga naman kayo ng mga pakakak, sa buong palibot ng buong kampamento, at sabihin ninyo, Ang tabak ng Panginoon at ni Gedeon.

19 Sa gayo'y si Gedeon, at ang isang daang lalake na kasama niya ay napasa pinakahuling bahagi ng kampamento sa pasimula ng pagbabantay sa hating gabi, ng halos kahahalili lamang ng bantay: at sila'y humihip ng mga pakakak, at kanilang binasag ang mga banga na nasa kanilang mga kamay.

20 At hinipan ng tatlong pulutong ang mga pakakak, at binasag ang mga banga, at itinaas ang mga sulo sa kanilang kaliwang kamay, at ang mga pakakak sa kanilang kanang kamay na kanilang hinihipan, at sila'y naghiyawan, Ang tabak ng Panginoon at ni Gedeon.

21 At sila'y nangakatayo, bawa't isa, sa kaniyang dako sa palibot ng kampamento: at ang buong hukbo ay tumakbo; at sila'y sumigaw at pinatakas nila.

22 At hinipan nila ang tatlong daang pakakak at inilagay ng Panginoon ang tabak ng bawa't isa laban sa kaniyang kasama, at laban sa buong hukbo: at tumakas ang hukbo hanggang sa Beth-sitta sa dakong Cerera, hanggang sa hangganan ni Abelmehola, sa siping ng Tabbat.

23 At ang mga lalake ng Israel ay nagpipisan, ang sa Nephtali, at ang sa Aser, at sa buong Manases, at hinabol ang Madian.

24 At nagsugo si Gedeon ng mga sugo sa buong lupaing maburol ng Ephraim, na sinasabi, Lusungin ninyo ang Madian, at agapan ninyo ang tubig, hanggang sa Beth-bara, at ang Jordan. Sa gayo'y ang lahat ng mga lalake ng Ephraim ay nagkapisan, at inagapan ang tubig hanggang sa Beth-bara, at ang Jordan.

25 At kanilang hinuli ang dalawang prinsipe sa Madian, si Oreb at si Zeeb: at kanilang pinatay si Oreb sa batuhan ni Oreb at si Zeeb ay kanilang pinatay sa pisaan ng ubas ni Zeeb, at hinabol ang Madian: at kanilang dinala ang mga ulo ni Oreb at ni Zeeb kay Gedeon sa dako roon ng Jordan.

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Exploring the Meaning of Judges 7      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 7: Gideon’s valiant three hundred men.

Gideon and all his men camped by the well of Harod, which can mean “eager”, and also “trembling.” The Lord told Gideon that his army was too large, which could lead Israel to boast that they won by their own efforts (rather than the Lord’s power). Gideon was instructed to send away anyone who was afraid; 22,000 went home, leaving 10,000.

Even still, the Lord said the army was too large, so Gideon tested the men by taking them down to the water to drink. The Lord directed Gideon to call out those who lapped water from out of their hands rather than kneeling down to drink with their mouths. Three hundred men were chosen by this method of selection.

The Lord then commanded Gideon to go down to the Midianite camp, and if he was afraid, to take his servant, Phurah. There, Gideon overheard one of the soldiers telling his companion that he’d had a dream, in which a loaf of bread came tumbling into the camp and struck one of the tents so that it collapsed. The other soldier said that this meant the Lord would give victory to Gideon.

Gideon gave each of his men a trumpet, and a pitcher containing a lit torch. They surrounded the Midianite camp, and at the command of Gideon, they blew their trumpets, broke their pitchers to show the torches, and shouted, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!” This caused panic in the camp, and every Midianite drew his sword against another, and many fled. Then Gideon ordered the capture and killing of the two Midianite princes, whose heads were brought to him.

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We must give glory to the Lord for successes that we seem to earn, as He alone does what is good. The Lord told Gideon to reduce the size of his army, to avoid the dangers of growing too proud. Since we live our lives as if we do everything ourselves, this is a constant threat. The fact that about two-thirds of Gideon’s army were afraid and went home shows the reality of our nature (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 442).

Lapping water from the hand reflects our need to see and examine what we take into our minds. Water stands for truth, but it can also stand for false ideas. If we drink directly from the water, we accept indiscriminately and examine nothing. Cupping and holding the water in our hands means that we can see how to apply this truth through our attitudes and actions (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 6047[2]).

Gideon’s army of only three hundred men was all it took to defeat the Midianites. The number ‘three’ stands for something which is complete or full in itself. Some spiritual examples include mind, body and soul, as well as celestial, spiritual and natural (see Swedenborg’s Apocalypse Explained 435[3] and 532[2]).

The dream Gideon overheard stands for the power of good (the bread) to break down the apparent power of what is evil and false (the tent) (Arcana Caelestia 4247[3]). The name of Gideon’s servant, Phurah, means “fruitfulness”, or “a winepress”, which is where Gideon was first called by the angel of the Lord.

The trumpet and the torch both stand for the power of truth to overcome evil and false ideas, the trumpet by its penetrating sound, and the torch by its illuminating light. There is no mention of swords for the army of Israel.

Finally, the oppression by the Midianites represents knowing what is true, but living a life governed by our own desires. This leads us increasingly further away from obeying the Lord. Of course, this must be addressed. The Midianites destroyed each other in their panic, meaning what is disorderly and against the Lord holds no validity, and eventually destroys itself (Arcana Caelestia 9320).

Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 8815


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 3242, 5955, 7602, 7643, 9397

Apocalypse Revealed 397


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 455, 502, 543

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