Michée 3

Study the Inner Meaning

French: Martin (1744)         

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1 C'est pourquoi j'ai dit : Ecoutez maintenant, Chefs de Jacob, et vous Conducteurs de la maison d'Israël : N'est ce point à vous de connaître ce qui est juste?

2 Ils haïssent le bien, et aiment le mal; ils ravissent la peau de ces gens-ci de dessus eux, et leur chair de dessus leurs os.

3 Et ce qu'ils mangent; c'est la chair de mon peuple, et ils ont écorché leur peau de dessus eux, et ont cassé leurs os, et les ont mis par pièces comme dans un pot, et comme de la chair dans une chaudière.

4 Alors ils crieront à l'Eternel, mais il ne les exaucera point, et il cachera sa face d'eux en ce temps-là, selon qu'ils se sont mal conduits dans leurs actions.

5 Ainsi a dit l'Eternel contre les Prophètes qui font égarer mon peuple, qui mordent de leurs dents, et qui crient : Paix! et si quelqu'un ne leur donne rien dans leur bouche, ils publient la guerre contre lui.

6 C'est pourquoi la nuit sera sur vous, afin que vous n'ayez point de vision; et elle s'obscurcira, afin que vous ne deviniez point; le soleil se couchera sur ces Prophètes-là, et le jour leur sera ténébreux.

7 Et [les] voyants seront honteux, et les devins rougiront de honte; eux tous se couvriront sur la lèvre de dessus, parce qu'il n'y aura aucune réponse de Dieu.

8 Mais moi, je suis rempli de force, et de jugement, et de courage, par l'Esprit de l'Eternel, pour déclarer à Jacob son crime, et à Israël son péché.

9 Ecoutez maintenant ceci, Chefs de la maison de Jacob, et vous Conducteurs de la maison d'Israël, qui avez le jugement en abomination, et qui pervertissez tout ce qui est juste.

10 On bâtit Sion de sang, et Jérusalem d'injustices.

11 Ses Chefs jugent pour des présents, ses Sacrificateurs enseignent pour le salaire, et ses prophètes devinent pour de l'argent, puis ils s'appuient sur l'Eternel, en disant : L'Eternel n'est-il pas parmi nous? Il ne viendra point de mal sur nous.

12 C'est pourquoi à cause de vous, Sion sera labourée [comme] un champ, et Jérusalem sera réduite en monceaux [de pierres], et la montagne du Temple en hauts lieux de forêt.

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   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 217


Other references to this chapter:

Arcanes Célestes 368, 2353, 3693, 3812, 4281, 5585, 5895, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 8, 53, 312, 435, 612, 939


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 183, 372, 401, 412, 556, 624, 850

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 57

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:



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