Mica 3

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German: Elberfelder (1905)         

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1 Und ich sprach: Höret doch, ihr Häupter Jakobs und ihr Fürsten des Hauses Israel: Ich es nicht an euch, das Recht zu kennen?

2 Die ihr das Gute hasset und das Böse liebet; die ihr ihnen die Haut abziehet und das Fleisch von ihren Gebeinen;

3 und die ihr das Fleisch meines Volkes fresset, und ihre Haut von ihnen abstreifet, und ihre Gebeine zerbrechet und zerstücket wie in einem Topfe und wie Fleisch inmitten des Kessels.

4 Dann werden sie zu Jehova schreien, und er wird ihnen nicht antworten; und er wird sein Angesicht vor ihnen verbergen zu jener Zeit, gleichwie sie ihre Handlungen böse gemacht haben.

5 So spricht Jehova über die Propheten, die mein Volk irreführen, welche mit ihren Zähnen beißen, und Frieden rufen; und wer ihnen nichts ins Maul gibt, wider den heiligen sie einen Krieg:

6 Darum soll es euch Nacht werden, ohne Gesicht, und Finsternis werden, ohne Wahrsagung; und die Sonne wird über den Propheten untergehen, und der Tag über ihnen schwarz werden.

7 Und die Seher werden beschämt und die Wahrsager zu Schanden werden, und sie werden allesamt den Bart verhüllen, weil keine Antwort Gottes da ist.

8 Ich hingegen, ich bin mit Kraft erfüllt durch den Geist Jehovas, und mit Recht und Stärke, um Jakob seine Übertretung kundzutun und Israel seine Sünde.

9 Höret doch dieses, ihr Häupter des Hauses Jakob und ihr Fürsten des Hauses Israel, die ihr das Recht verabscheuet und alles Gerade krümmet;

10 die ihr Zion mit Blut bauet und Jerusalem mit Unrecht.

11 Seine Häupter richten um Geschenke, und seine Priester lehren um Lohn, und seine Propheten wahrsagen um Geld; und sie stützen sich auf Jehova und sagen: Ist nicht Jehova in unserer Mitte? Kein Unglück wird über uns kommen!

12 Darum wird euretwegen Zion als Acker gepflügt werden, und Jerusalem wird zu Trümmerhaufen und der Berg des Hauses zu Waldeshöhen werden.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 217


Other references to this chapter:

Arcana Coelestia 368, 2353, 3693, 3812, 4281, 5585, 5895, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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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sprach
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jakobs
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

böse
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

Haut
'Skin' corresponds to truth or to falsity in the extremes. 'The skin,' as relates to the grand human, means the natural self. There are spirits...

Fleisch
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...

Gebeine
Bones are strong and supportive, providing a framework for our bodies and making motion and action possible. They are also the least "alive" part of...

inmitten
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...

Antworten
To "answer" generally indicates a state of spiritual receptivity. Ultimately this means being receptive to the Lord, who is constantly trying to pour true ideas...

Vor
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

Zeit
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

spricht
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

Propheten
The idea of a "prophet" is very closely tied to the idea of the Bible itself, since the Bible was largely written by prophets. At...

gibt
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

heiligen
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.

Krieg
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

nacht
The sun in the Bible represents the Lord, with its heat representing His love and its light representing His wisdom. “Daytime,” then, represents a state...

sonne
The 'sun' signifies celestial and spiritual love. The 'sun' in the Word, when referring to the Lord, signifies His divine love and wisdom. Because the...

Tag
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beschämt
To be ashamed (Gen 2:25) signifies to be in evil

gottes
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erfüllt
There are two ways something can be filled: It can be filled with something bad against the wishes of its owner, or it can be...

Übertretung
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

gerade
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Blut
Bloods signify evil, in Ezek. 16:9.

jerusalem
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Priester
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sagen
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Geld
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uns
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Kommen
Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

Acker
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Berg
'Hills' signify the good of charity.


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