Abagwebi 14

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1 Wehla uSamson waya eTimnata, wabona inkazana eTimnata, ezintombini zamaFilisti.

2 Wenyuka, waxelela uyise nonina, wathi, Ndibone inkazana eTimnata, ezintombini zamaFilisti; kaloku ke ndizekeleni ibe ngumfazi.

3 Bathi kuye uyise nonina, Akukho nkazana ezintombini zabazalwana bakho, nasebantwini bakowethu bonke na, ukuba nje ude uye kuzeka umfazi kumaFilisti angalukileyo? Wathi uSamson kuyise, Ndizekele yona, ngokuba ndikholiwe yiyo.

4 Uyise nonina babengazi ukuba ivela kuYehova le nto; ngokuba ebefuna ithuba lokubambana namaFilisti. Ngelo xesha amaFilisti ebelawula kwaSirayeli.

5 Wehla uSamson noyise nonina, baya eTimnata, bafika ezidiliyeni zaseTimnata; nantso ingonyama entsha imkhawulela, igquma.

6 Wamfikela ngamandla uMoya kaYehova, wayiqwenga, wanga uqwenga itakane, kungekho nto esandleni sakhe; akakuxela kuyise nakunina akwenzileyo.

7 Wehla wathetha nenkazana leyo; yamkholisa kunene uSamson.

8 Wabuya kwakuba ntsuku, esiya kuyizeka. Watyeka, wakhangela isidumbu sengonyama leya; nalo ibubu leenyosi lisesidumbini sengonyama, kukho nobusi.

9 Wabuthabatha, waphatha ngesandla, wahamba, wahamba esidla, waya kuyise nonina, wabanika, badla; akabaxelela ukuba ubusi ubuthabathe esidumbini sengonyama.

10 Wehla ke uyise waya kuloo nkazana; uSamson wenza umsitho khona; ngokuba abesenjenjalo amadodana.

11 Kwathi, bakumbona, bazisa abalingane abangamashumi omathathu, baba naye.

12 Wathi uSamson kubo, Ndonijikela iqhina; ukuba nithe nandicombululela ngeentsuku ezisixhenxe zomsitho, nalifumana, ndoninika iingubo zelinen entle ezingamashumi amathathu, neengubo zokukhululana ezingamashumi omathathu.

13 Ke ukuba anithanga nibe nako ukundicombululela, nondinika nina iingubo zelinen entle ezingamashumi amathathu, neengubo zokukhululana ezingamashumi omathathu. Bathi kuye, Lijike iqhina lakho silive.

14 Bathi kuye, Lijike iqhina lakho silive. Wathi kubo, Kodlayo kwaphuma ukudla, Konamandla kwaphuma incasa. Ababa nako ukulicombulula iqhina imihla emithathu.

15 Kwathi ngosuku lwesixhenxe bathi kumkaSamson, Yirhwebeshe indoda yakho, isicombululele iqhina, hleze sikutshise wena nendlu kayihlo ngomlilo. Nisimemele ukuba nisihlwempuzise na? Akunjalo na?

16 UmkaSamson wamlilela wathi, Kodwa undithiyile, akundithandi; ubajikele iqhina oonyana babantu bakowethu, akwandicombululela. Wathi kuye, Yabona, andibacombululelanga ubawo noma; ndicombululele wena na?

17 Ke wamlilela iintsuku zosixhenxe ababesemsithweni ngazo. Kwathi ngolwesixhenxe usuku wamcombululela, kuba ebemxinile. Waza yena wabaxela oonyana babantu bakowabo.

18 Athi kuye amadoda aloo mzi ngomhla wesixhenxe, lingekatshoni ilanga, Yintoni na enencasa ngaphezu kobusi? Yintoni na enamandla ngaphezu kwengonyama? Wathi kuwo, Ukuba beningalimanga ngethokazi lam, Ngeningalifumananga iqhina lam.

19 Wamfikela ngamandla uMoya kaYehova, wehla waya eAshkelon, wabulala kubo apho amashumi omathathu amadoda, wawahluba iingubo, wanika abacombululi beqhina elo iingubo zokukhululana. Wavutha umsindo wakhe, wenyuka waya endlwini kayise.

20 Ke umkaSamson waba ngowomlingane wakhe, abemenze isihlobo sakhe.


Exploring the Meaning of Abagwebi 14      

Napsal(a) Rev. Julian Duckworth

Judges 14: Samson’s Philistine wife.

At the time of Samson, the Philistines were fiercely oppressing Israel. The Philistines lived on the coast, and they may well have come from overseas. They lived in the region for about 600 years, and the Old Testament refers to many later conflicts with the Philistines.

One day, Samson saw a young Philistine woman in Timnath, and he asked his parents to get her for his wife. They asked why he did not choose an Israelite woman, but he insisted on marrying the woman he saw in Timnath, so they all went to meet her. On the way, Samson was attacked by a lion, and he tore it apart with his bare hands. After some time, when he passed by the same place, there was a swarm of bees and honey inside the lion’s carcass. He ate some of the honey, and even brought some of it to his parents, but he did not tell them where it came from.

The woman pleased Samson, and he arranged a feast to which thirty companions were invited. At the feast, Samson told them a riddle: “Out of the eater came something to eat, out of the strong came something sweet.” He said that if they solved the riddle in the seven days of the feast, he would give them thirty linen sheets and thirty changes of clothing. If not, they were to give him the same. They could not solve the riddle for three days, so they convinced Samson’s wife to beg him for the answer. At the end of seven days, the men answered Samson’s riddle, and he was furious.

Then the Lord’s spirit came upon Samson, and he killed thirty Philistine men from Ashkelon, took their garments, and gave these to the thirty men at the feast. His wife was given to his companion.

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The spiritual meaning of the powerful Philistines is believing faith is all-important, and does not require charity or good works in life — a fundamental spiritual error. This way of thinking is called ‘faith alone’ spirituality, and it can take many forms. The proximity of the Philistines to Israel is also significant, as it suggests that the temptation to prefer faith without considering charity is never far away (see Swedenborg’s work, True Christian Religion 200[3]).

The pursuit of a Philistine wife reflects the alluring nature of faith without charity, an easy, complacent spirituality. The young lion represents the force of faith alone to hold us in its grip. The honey stands for the spiritual sweetness following regeneration, as we use our faith to expand our hearts and minds (see Swedenborg’s work, Arcana Caelestia 5620[1]).

Samson’s riddle stands for the puzzling nature of the Word’s teachings to those living by faith alone. The number thirty stands for what is whole, in this instance, the completely opposing nature of faith alone and true spiritual living. The linen sheets and changes of clothing mean taking up a genuine spiritual life which involves repentance, living the by the Word, and acknowledging the Lord. Linen is the material of a priest’s robes, and stands for the highest spiritual truths (Arcana Caelestia 5319[7]).

This end of this story shows us that faith alone doubles back on itself, and leads to a completely external understanding of the Lord. This is seen in taking garments from the thirty dead Philistines and giving them to the Philistines from the feast. Samson’s wife, who was given to his Philistine companion, stands for the complete divide between faith alone and love for the Lord. Samson’s apparent anger is really the zeal of protecting the nature of true spiritual life, which comes from the Lord (see Swedenborg’s work, Apocalypse Revealed 365).

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