Micah 7

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1 Voi minua, sillä minun käy niinkuin hedelmänkorjuussa, niinkuin viinisadon jälkikorjuussa: ei ole rypälettä syödäkseni, ei varhaisviikunaa, jota minun sieluni himoitsee.

2 Poissa ovat hurskaat maasta, eikä oikeamielistä ole ihmisten seassa. Kaikki he väijyvät verta, pyydystävät verkolla toinen toistansa.

3 Pahantekoon molemmin käsin! Sitä taidolla tekemään! Päämies vaatii, tuomari maksusta tuomitsee, ja mahtava puhuu julki sielunsa himon; senkaltaista he punovat.

4 Paras heistä on kuin orjantappura, oikeamielisin pahempi kuin teräväokainen aita. Sinun tähystäjäisi ilmoittama päivä, kosto sinulle, tulee. Silloin he joutuvat sekasortoon.

5 Älkää uskoko ystävää, älkää luottako uskottuun; vaimolta, joka sylissäsi lepää, varo suusi ovet.

6 Sillä poika halveksii isää, tytär nousee äitiänsä vastaan, miniä anoppiansa vastaan; ihmisen vihamiehiä ovat hänen omat perhekuntalaisensa.

7 Mutta minä panen toivoni Herraan, odotan pelastukseni Jumalaa: minun Jumalani on minua kuuleva.

8 Älkää iloitko, minun viholliseni, minusta: jos minä olen langennut, niin minä nousen; jos istun pimeydessä, on Herra minun valkeuteni.

9 Minä tahdon kantaa Herran vihaa, sillä minä olen tehnyt syntiä häntä vastaan, siihen asti että hän minun asiani toimittaa ja hankkii minulle oikeuden. Hän tuo minut valkeuteen, minä saan nähdä hänen vanhurskautensa.

10 Minun viholliseni saavat nähdä sen, ja häpeä on peittävä heidät, jotka sanovat minulle: "Missä on Herra, sinun Jumalasi?" Minun silmäni saavat ilokseen katsoa heitä: silloin he joutuvat tallattaviksi kuin katujen loka.

11 Tulee päivä, jolloin sinun muurisi rakennetaan; sinä päivänä on raja oleva kaukana:

12 sinä päivänä tullaan sinun tykösi Assurista ja Egyptin kaupungeista, kaikkialta, Egyptistä aina Eufrat-virtaan, merestä mereen, vuoresta vuoreen.

13 Ja maa tulee autioksi asukkaittensa tähden, heidän töittensä hedelmäin takia.

14 Kaitse kansaasi sauvallasi, perintölaumaasi, joka erillänsä asuu metsässä, keskellä Karmelia. Käykööt he laitumella Baasanissa ja Gileadissa niinkuin ikiaikoina ennen. -

15 "Niinkuin sinun lähtösi päivinä Egyptin maasta minä annan hänen nähdä ihmeitä". -

16 Sen näkevät pakanakansat ja saavat häpeän kaikesta väkevyydestänsä. He panevat käden suullensa, heidän korvansa menevät lumpeen.

17 He nuolevat tomua kuin käärme, kuin maan matelijat. Vavisten he tulevat varustuksistansa, lähestyvät väristen Herraa, meidän Jumalaamme; he pelkäävät sinua.

18 Kuka on Jumala, niinkuin sinä olet, joka annat pahat teot anteeksi ja käyt ohitse perintösi jäännöksen rikosten? Ei hän pidä vihaa iäti, sillä hänellä on halu laupeuteen.

19 Hän armahtaa meitä jälleen, polkee maahan meidän pahat tekomme. Kaikki heidän syntinsä sinä heität meren syvyyteen.

20 Sinä osoitat Jaakobille uskollisuutta, Aabrahamille armoa, niinkuin olet vannonut meidän isillemme muinaisista päivistä asti.



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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