Michée 2

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1 Malheur à ceux qui pensent à faire outrage, qui forgent le mal sur leurs lits, et qui l'exécutent dès le point du jour, parce qu'ils ont le pouvoir en main.

2 S'ils convoitent des possessions, ils les ont aussitôt ravies, et [s'ils convoitent] des maisons, ils les ont aussitôt prises; ainsi ils oppriment l'homme et sa maison, l'homme, dis-je, et son héritage.

3 C'est pourquoi ainsi a dit l'Eternel : Voici, je pense contre cette famille-ci un mal duquel vous ne pourrez point vous mettre à couvert, et vous ne marcherez point à tête levée; car ce temps [est] mauvais.

4 En ce temps-là on fera de vous un proverbe lugubre, et l'on gémira d'un gémissement lamentable, en disant : Nous sommes entièrement détruits, il a changé la portion de mon peuple; comment Nous l'aurait-il ôtée? partage-t-il nos champs, pour Nous les faire rendre ?

5 C'est pourquoi il n'y aura personne pour toi qui jette le cordeau pour ton lot dans la congrégation de l'Eternel.

6 [On dit] : Ne prophétisez point, ils prophétiseront, [mais] ils ne prophétiseront point pour ceux-ci; l'ignominie ne tournera point en arrière.

7 Or toi qui es appelée Maison de Jacob, l'Esprit de l'Eternel est-il amoindri? Sont-ce là ses actes? Mes paroles ne sont-elles pas bonnes pour celui qui marche droitement?

8 Mais celui qui était hier mon peuple, s'élève à la manière d'un ennemi, pour rencontrer un manteau; vous dépouillez le vêtement magnifique à ceux qui passent en assurance, étant de retour de la guerre.

9 Vous mettez les femmes de mon peuple hors des maisons où elles prenaient plaisir; vous ôtez pour jamais ma gloire de dessus leurs petits enfants.

10 Levez-vous, et marchez, car [ce pays] ne [vous est] plus [un lieu de] repos; parce qu'il est souillé, il [vous] détruira, même d'une prompte destruction.

11 S'il y a quelque homme qui marche selon le vent, et qui mente faussement, [en disant]; Je te prophétiserai du vin et de la cervoise; ce sera le Prophète de ce peuple.

12 [Mais] je t'assemblerai tout entier, ô Jacob! et je ramasserai entièrement le reste d'Israël, et le mettrai tout ensemble comme les brebis de Botsra, comme un troupeau au milieu de son étable; il y aura un grand bruit pour la foule des hommes.

13 Le briseur montera devant eux, on brisera, et on passera outre, et eux sortiront par la porte; et leur Roi passera devant eux, et l'Eternel sera à leur tête.


Exploring the Meaning of Michée 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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Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 216


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcanes Célestes 248, 878, 2851, 3305, 3542, 4281, 4286, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 137, 328, 434, 899

Doctrine of the Lord 4, 48

True Christian Religion 156


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 395, 555

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

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