Micah 7

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1 Voi minua! sillä minulle tapahtuu niinkuin sille, joka viinamäessä tähteitä hakee, kussa ei viinamarjoja löytä syötää; ja minun sieluni himoitsee varhaista hedelmää.

2 Hyvät ovat maasta kadonneet pois, ja vanhurskaat ei ole enään ihmisten seassa; kaikki he väijyvät verta vuodattaaksensa, jokainen vakoo toista, käsittääksensä häntä.

3 Ja luulevat hyvästi tekevänsä, koska he pahasti tekevät. Mitä päämies tahtoo, sitä tuomari sanoo, että se hänelle jotakin hyvää jälleen tekis; väkevät puhuvat oman tahtonsa jälkeen vahingoittaaksensa, ja vääntelevät niinkuin he tahtovat.

4 Kaikkein paras on heidän seassansa niinkuin orjantappura, ja kaikkein toimellisin on niinkuin ohdakkeet. Mutta kuin sinun saarnaajais päivät tulevat, ja sinä tulet rangaistuksi, silloin ei he tiedä, kuhunka heidän menemän pitää.

5 Älköön kenkään uskoko lähimmäistänsä; älköön kenkään uskaltako päämiesten päälle; kätke sinun suus ovi siltä, joka makaa helmassas.

6 Sillä poika katsoo ylön isänsä, tytär karkaa äitiänsä vastaan, ja miniä anoppiansa vastaan; ja ihmisen viholliset ovat hänen oma perheensä.

7 Mutta minä tahdon katsoa Herran päälle, ja minun autuuteni Jumalaa odottaa; minun Jumalani on minua kuuleva.

8 Älä iloitse, minun viholliseni, minusta, että minä lankesin, minä olen taas nouseva, ja vaikka minä pimeydessä istun, niin Herra on kuitenkin minun valkeuteni.

9 Minä tahdon kantaa Herran vihan, sillä minä olen häntä vastaan syntiä tehnyt, siihenasti kuin hän minun asiani toimittaa, ja saattaa minulle oikeuden; hän vie minun ulos valkeuteen, että minä saan nähdä hänen vanhurskautensa.

10 Minun viholliseni pitää sen näkemän, ja peräti häpiään tuleman, joka nyt sanoo minulle: kussa on Herra sinun Jumalas? Minun silmäni pitää hänen näkemän, että hän pitää niinkuin loka kaduilla poljettaman.

11 Sillä ajalla pitää rakennettaman jälleen sinun muuris, ja Jumalan sana lavialta julistettaman.

12 Sillä ajalla pitää sinun tykös Assyriasta ja vahvoista kaupungeista tultaman, hamasta vahvoista kaupungeista niin virtaan asti, yhdestä merestä niin toiseen, yhdestä vuoresta niin toiseen.

13 Sillä maan pitää autioksi tuleman asuvaistensa tähden, heidän töittensä hedelmän tähden.

14 Kaitse kansaas sinun sauvallas, sinun perimises laumaa, joka asuu yksinänsä, metsässä vainioin keskellä; anna heitä kaita Basanissa ja Gileadissa, niinkuin entiseen aikaan.

15 Minä annan heidän ihmeitä nähdä, niinkuin muinen, kuin he Egyptin maalta läksivät.

16 Että pakanat sen näkisivät, ja kaikki heidän voimallisena häpeäisivät, ja panisivat kätensä suunsa päälle, ja korvansa tukitsisivat.

17 Heidän pitää tomua nuoleman niinkuin kärme, ja niinkuin madot maan päällä pesästänsä liikkuman. Heidän pitää pelkäämän Herraa meidän Jumalaamme, ja vapiseman sinun edessäs.

18 Kuka on senkaltainen Jumala kuin sinä olet, joka synnit annat anteeksi? hän menee ohitse perimisensä jääneiden rikoksia; ei hän pidä vihaa ijäti, sillä hänellä on halu laupiuteen.

19 Hän kääntyy, ja armahtaa meidän päällemme, ja polkee alas meidän pahat tekomme, ja kaikki meidän syntimme meren syvyyteen heittää.

20 Sinä pidät Jakobille uskollisuuden, ja Abrahamille sen armon, jonka muinen meidän isillemme vannonut olet.



Exploring the Meaning of Micah 7      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In this last chapter of his book, in Micah 7:1-4, the prophet is discouraged about the evil that he sees in the land. The cluster (of grapes ) that he doesn’t see means that there is no love of the neighbor there. 1 The firstfruits that his soul longs for mean the upright kind of ordinary life 2 , which he can’t find: “the faithful man has perished from the earth”.

The net in verse 2 is the twisting of truth into falsity and the other way round, to deceive. Those who should be faithful leaders are diving into evil, and take bribes. All this hellish behavior will in the end lead to punishment.

In Micah 7:5, 6, these two verses are really not talking about other people; friends, companions, wives or husbands, or in-laws. When Micah refers to a “man’s household” he is talking about the evil loves that live in our own will. That’s where the evil is that we must fear and stamp out. 3

Micah 7:7-9 shows the path away from evil. God will hear us. But we must see that we have sinned and admit it to the Lord 4 , and ask for His help in stopping. He will be a light in our “darkness”. Micah admits his own weakness and admits that only the Lord’s power can "bring him forth to the light".

In Micah 7:10, "She" represents the affection for doing some kind of evil. Everyone has some sort of affections that way. 5 Those affections will try to persuade us that Jehovah can’t help, but if we persist in calling on Him for help, those affections can be shamed and eventually be trampled into the mud.

Micah 7:11, 12 says that when the Lord comes to found a new church, it will spread. Assyria here means reasoning, and Egypt means natural science. Cities mean doctrine from truth, and mountains mean goods, so the picture is of the spreading of both truth and good from one boundary to the other, all the way from natural truths to reasoning about spiritual things -- our whole mind. 6

But the old church will be desolate, according to Micah 7:13.

In Micah 7:14,15, to pasture means to feed the flock as a shepherd 7 , or to teach the truths that the Lord provides. The forest means the church as to truth, and Carmel means the church as to good. 8 Bashan and Gilead mean the same ideas from the stories of the Word, the literal sense.

Nations, in Micah 7:16, 17, mean people outside who don’t know, and don’t want to hear. They will stay focused on physical and sensory things, and will be in dread about knowledge of God.

Then, in Micah 7:18-20, Micah ends on a positive note: God will continue to have compassion on everyone and try to bring them to walk in His ways. Although we are all in freedom to be evil, He will never stop trying to lead us out of it if we will listen.

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Footnotes:

1. See Arcana Coelestia 5117.
2. See Arcana Coelestia 1071.
3. See Arcana Coelestia 4563.
4. See Arcana Coelestia 3539.
5. See Arcana Coelestia 4563.
6. See Apocalypse Explained 510, Arcana Coelestia 4967, Apocalypse Revealed 455.
7. See John 21:15-17
8. See Arcana Coelestia 9011, 1971

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 7      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In this last chapter of his book, in Micah 7:1-4, the prophet is discouraged about the evil that he sees in the land. The cluster (of grapes ) that he doesn’t see means that there is no love of the neighbor there. 1 The firstfruits that his soul longs for mean the upright kind of ordinary life 2 , which he can’t find: “the faithful man has perished from the earth”.

The net in verse 2 is the twisting of truth into falsity and the other way round, to deceive. Those who should be faithful leaders are diving into evil, and take bribes. All this hellish behavior will in the end lead to punishment.

In Micah 7:5, 6, these two verses are really not talking about other people; friends, companions, wives or husbands, or in-laws. When Micah refers to a “man’s household” he is talking about the evil loves that live in our own will. That’s where the evil is that we must fear and stamp out. 3

Micah 7:7-9 shows the path away from evil. God will hear us. But we must see that we have sinned and admit it to the Lord 4 , and ask for His help in stopping. He will be a light in our “darkness”. Micah admits his own weakness and admits that only the Lord’s power can "bring him forth to the light".

In Micah 7:10, "She" represents the affection for doing some kind of evil. Everyone has some sort of affections that way. 5 Those affections will try to persuade us that Jehovah can’t help, but if we persist in calling on Him for help, those affections can be shamed and eventually be trampled into the mud.

Micah 7:11, 12 says that when the Lord comes to found a new church, it will spread. Assyria here means reasoning, and Egypt means natural science. Cities mean doctrine from truth, and mountains mean goods, so the picture is of the spreading of both truth and good from one boundary to the other, all the way from natural truths to reasoning about spiritual things -- our whole mind. 6

But the old church will be desolate, according to Micah 7:13.

In Micah 7:14,15, to pasture means to feed the flock as a shepherd 7 , or to teach the truths that the Lord provides. The forest means the church as to truth, and Carmel means the church as to good. 8 Bashan and Gilead mean the same ideas from the stories of the Word, the literal sense.

Nations, in Micah 7:16, 17, mean people outside who don’t know, and don’t want to hear. They will stay focused on physical and sensory things, and will be in dread about knowledge of God.

Then, in Micah 7:18-20, Micah ends on a positive note: God will continue to have compassion on everyone and try to bring them to walk in His ways. Although we are all in freedom to be evil, He will never stop trying to lead us out of it if we will listen.

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Footnotes:

1. See Arcana Coelestia 5117.
2. See Arcana Coelestia 1071.
3. See Arcana Coelestia 4563.
4. See Arcana Coelestia 3539.
5. See Arcana Coelestia 4563.
6. See Apocalypse Explained 510, Arcana Coelestia 4967, Apocalypse Revealed 455.
7. See John 21:15-17
8. See Arcana Coelestia 9011, 1971

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 221


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 120, 249, 348, 1071, 1165, 1178, 1186, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 383, 413, 444, 455, 485, 501, 503, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 4

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 85

True Christian Religion 51


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 482, 526, 538, 569, 581, 632, 652, ...

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 56

Marriage 51

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 9, 57, 76

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