Hakimler 21

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1 İsrailliler Mispada, ‹‹Bizden hiç kimse Benyaminoğullarına kız vermeyecek›› diye ant içmişlerdi.

2 Halk Beytele geldi. Akşama dek orada, Tanrının önünde oturup hıçkıra hıçkıra ağladılar.

3 ‹‹Ey İsrailin Tanrısı RAB!›› dediler, ‹‹Bugün İsrailden bir oymağın eksilmesine yol açan böyle bir şey neden oldu?››

4 Ertesi gün erkenden kalkıp bir sunak yaptılar, orada yakmalık sunular ve esenlik sunuları sundular.

5 İsrailliler, ‹‹RABbin önüne çıkmak üzere toplandığımızda İsrail oymaklarından bize kimler katılmadı?›› diye sordular. Çünkü Mispada, RABbin önünde toplandıklarında kendilerine katılmayanların kesinlikle öldürüleceğine dair ant içmişlerdi.

6 İsrailliler Benyaminli kardeşleri için çok üzülüyorlardı. ‹‹İsrail bugün bir oymağını yitirdi›› dediler,

7 ‹‹Sağ kalanlara eş olacak kızları bulmak için ne yapsak? Çünkü kızlarımızdan hiçbirini onlara eş olarak vermeyeceğimize RABbin adına ant içtik.››

8 Sonra, ‹‹Mispaya, RABbin önüne İsrail oymaklarından kim çıkmadı?›› diye sordular. Böylece Yaveş-Gilattan toplantıya, ordugaha kimsenin gelmediği ortaya çıktı.

9 Çünkü gelenler sayıldığında Yaveş-Gilattan kimsenin olmadığı anlaşılmıştı.

10 Bunun üzerine topluluk Yaveş-Gilat halkının üzerine on iki bin yiğit savaşçı gönderdi. ‹‹Gidin, Yaveş-Gilat halkını, kadın, çoluk çocuk demeden kılıçtan geçirin›› dediler,

11 ‹‹Yapacağınız şu: Her erkeği ve erkek eli değmiş her kadını öldüreceksiniz.››

12 Yaveş-Gilat halkı arasında erkek eli değmemiş dört yüz kız bulup Kenan topraklarında bulunan Şilodaki ordugaha getirdiler.

13 Ardından bütün topluluk Rimmon Kayalığındaki Benyaminoğullarına aracılar göndererek barış yapmayı önerdi.

14 Bunun üzerine Benyaminoğulları döndü. Topluluk Yaveş-Gilat halkından sağ bırakılan kızları onlara eş olarak verdi. Ama kızların sayısı Benyaminoğulları için yine de yeterli değildi.

15 İsrail halkı Benyaminoğullarının durumuna çok üzülüyordu. Çünkü RAB İsrail oymakları arasında birliği bozmuştu.

16 Topluluğun ileri gelenleri, ‹‹Benyaminoğullarının kadınları öldürüldüğüne göre, kalan erkeklere eş bulmak için ne yapsak?›› diyorlardı,

17 ‹‹İsrailden bir oymağın yok olup gitmemesi için sağ kalan Benyaminoğullarının mirasçıları olmalı.

18 Biz onlara kızlarımızdan eş veremeyiz. Çünkü Benyaminoğullarına kız veren her İsrailli lanetlenecek diye ant içtik.››

19 Sonra, ‹‹Bakın, Şiloda her yıl RAB adına bir şölen düzenleniyor›› diye eklediler. Şilo Beytelin kuzeyinde, Beytelden Şekeme giden yolun doğusunda, Levonanın güneyindedir.

20 Böylece Benyaminoğullarına, ‹‹Gidip bağlarda gizlenin›› diye öğüt verdiler,

21 ‹‹Gözünüzü açık tutun. Şilolu kızlar dans etmeye kalkınca bağlardan fırlayıp onlardan kendinize birer eş kapın ve Benyamin topraklarına götürün.

22 Kızların babaları ya da erkek kardeşleri bize yakınmaya gelirse, ‹Benyaminoğullarını hatırımız için bağışlayın› diyeceğiz, ‹Savaşarak aldığımız kızlar hepsine yetmedi. Siz de kendi kızlarınızı isteyerek vermediğinize göre suçlu sayılmazsınız.› ››

23 Benyaminoğulları da böyle yaptılar. Kızlar dans ederken her erkek bir kız kapıp götürdü. Kendi topraklarına gittiler, kentlerini onarıp yerleştiler.

24 Ardından İsrailliler de oradan ayrılıp kendi topraklarına, oymaklarına, ailelerine döndüler.

25 O dönemde İsrail'de kral yoktu. Herkes dilediğini yapıyordu.

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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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