Micha 2

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1 Wee dien, die ongerechtigheid bedenken, en kwaad werken op hun legers; in het licht van den morgenstond doen zij het, dewijl het in de macht van hunlieder hand is.

2 En zij begeren akkers, en roven ze, en huizen, en nemen ze weg; alzo doen zij geweld aan den man en zijn huis, ja, aan een iegelijk en zijn erfenis.

3 Daarom, alzo zegt de HEERE: Ziet, Ik denk een kwaad over dit geslacht, waaruit gijlieden uw halzen niet zult uittrekken, en zult zo rechtop niet gaan; want het zal een boze tijd zijn.

4 Te dien dage zal men een spreekwoord over ulieden opnemen; en men zal een klagelijke klacht klagen, en zeggen: Wij zijn ten enenmale verwoest; Hij verwisselt mijns volks deel; hoe ontwendt Hij mij; Hij deelt uit, afwendende onze akkers.

5 Daarom zult gij niemand hebben, die het snoer werpe in het lot, in de gemeente des HEEREN.

6 Profeteert gijlieden niet, zeggen zij, laat die profeteren; zij profeteren niet als die; men wijkt niet af van smaadheden.

7 O gij, die Jakobs huis geheten zijt! Is dan de Geest des HEEREN verkort? Zijn dat Zijn werken? Doen Mijn woorden geen goed bij dien, die recht wandelt?

8 Maar gisteren stelde zich Mijn volk op, tot vijand, tegenover een kleed; gij stroopt een mantel van degenen, die zeker voorbijgaan, wederkomende van den strijd.

9 De vrouwen Mijns volks verdrijft gij, elkeen uit het huis van haar vermakingen; van haar kinderkens neemt gij Mijn sieraad in eeuwigheid.

10 Maakt u dan op, en gaat henen; want dit land zal de rust niet zijn; omdat het verontreinigd is, zal het u verderven, en dat met een geweldige verderving.

11 Zo er iemand is, die met wind omgaat, en valselijk liegt, zeggende: Ik zal u profeteren voor wijn en voor sterken drank! dat is een profeet dezes volks.

12 Voorzeker zal Ik u, o Jakob! gans verzamelen; voorzeker zal Ik Israels overblijfsel vergaderen; Ik zal het te zamen zetten als schapen van Bozra; als een kudde in het midden van haar kooi zullen zij van mensen deunen.

13 De doorbreker zal voor hun aangezicht optrekken; zij zullen doorbreken, en door de poort gaan, en door dezelve uittrekken; en hun koning zal voor hun aangezicht henengaan; en de HEERE in hun spits.



Exploring the Meaning of Micha 2      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

Premeditated evil is worse than evil done on the spur of the moment, because the will to do evil is more involved. In Micah 2:1, 2, the hand represents power 1 , and when the evildoer treats his power as his god, the penalty is great. The planning that goes into coveting is a similar thing.

In Micah 2:3-5, the family means the church - the state of spiritual life - as it was in both kingdoms, Israel and Judah. The words here tell that both these parts of the church will be devastated, first one and then the other. Thus, in the end, there will be none left in the land of Canaan, and there will be no choosing of inheritance, as was done with Joshua back when the land was first divided amongst the 12 tribes. (See Joshua 13 through 16). To cast a cord is to use a measuring cord to plot out a piece of land.

Micah 2:6, 7. To drop down means to drop knowledge down to one who does not know, that is, to teach. Those who are in evil are not humble enough to be taught. Only those who “walk uprightly” profit from teaching about the Lord and His Word.

Micah 2:8,9. People who are not humble enough to learn truths become enemies to good people. They will try to argue away the truths from someone who uses them to fight temptations. In these verses, the stolen garment means truths 2 . The war means temptations. The gentle love of feeling close to the Lord, and the love of innocence 3 , will be attacked by evil people who will try to destroy them by scoffing and denial.

Micah 2:10, 11. The unteachable people of that dying church will perish. They will only accept teachings from a prophet who promises wine and strong drink. In a good sense, wine in the Word represents truth, as when it's used in the holy supper. But, like all natural things, the meaning can sometimes be used in the opposite way, as here, where it means the falsities of evil. 4

Micah 2:12, 13. There will still be a few people who remain good, and true. These will be gathered by the Lord as a flock to its fold. From their speaking they can be judged, and then led on to the new church established by Jehovah.

The takeaways for us, reading this text 2600 years later, could be boiled down to these truths:
- Don't premeditate evil.
- We need to be humble enough to learn truths about the Lord.
- If we walk uprightly, we have a chance to receive truth, and practice it, and benefit from what we learn.
- If we remain good and true, the Lord can lead us.

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Footnotes:

1. For reference, see Arcana Coelestia 4402[9].

2. See Arcana Coelestia 8942.

3. See Arcana Coelestia 5608[8].

4. See Apocalypse Explained 376[18].

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 2      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

Premeditated evil is worse than evil done on the spur of the moment, because the will to do evil is more involved. In Micah 2:1, 2, the hand represents power 1 , and when the evildoer treats his power as his god, the penalty is great. The planning that goes into coveting is a similar thing.

In Micah 2:3-5, the family means the church - the state of spiritual life - as it was in both kingdoms, Israel and Judah. The words here tell that both these parts of the church will be devastated, first one and then the other. Thus, in the end, there will be none left in the land of Canaan, and there will be no choosing of inheritance, as was done with Joshua back when the land was first divided amongst the 12 tribes. (See Joshua 13 through 16). To cast a cord is to use a measuring cord to plot out a piece of land.

Micah 2:6, 7. To drop down means to drop knowledge down to one who does not know, that is, to teach. Those who are in evil are not humble enough to be taught. Only those who “walk uprightly” profit from teaching about the Lord and His Word.

Micah 2:8,9. People who are not humble enough to learn truths become enemies to good people. They will try to argue away the truths from someone who uses them to fight temptations. In these verses, the stolen garment means truths 2 . The war means temptations. The gentle love of feeling close to the Lord, and the love of innocence 3 , will be attacked by evil people who will try to destroy them by scoffing and denial.

Micah 2:10, 11. The unteachable people of that dying church will perish. They will only accept teachings from a prophet who promises wine and strong drink. In a good sense, wine in the Word represents truth, as when it's used in the holy supper. But, like all natural things, the meaning can sometimes be used in the opposite way, as here, where it means the falsities of evil. 4

Micah 2:12, 13. There will still be a few people who remain good, and true. These will be gathered by the Lord as a flock to its fold. From their speaking they can be judged, and then led on to the new church established by Jehovah.

The takeaways for us, reading this text 2600 years later, could be boiled down to these truths:
- Don't premeditate evil.
- We need to be humble enough to learn truths about the Lord.
- If we walk uprightly, we have a chance to receive truth, and practice it, and benefit from what we learn.
- If we remain good and true, the Lord can lead us.

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Footnotes:

1. For reference, see Arcana Coelestia 4402[9].

2. See Arcana Coelestia 8942.

3. See Arcana Coelestia 5608[8].

4. See Apocalypse Explained 376[18].

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The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 216


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Apocalypse Revealed 137, 328, 434, 899

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Apocalypse Explained 395, 555

Coronis - Aanhangsel tot Ware Christelijke Religie 58

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