Micah 2

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1 Guai a quelli che divisano iniquità, e macchinano del male sopra i lor letti, e lo mettono ad effetto allo schiarir della mattina; perciocchè ne hanno il potere in mano!

2 Desiderano de’ campi, e li rapiscono; desiderano delle case, e le tolgono; ed oppressano l’uomo, e la sua casa; e la persona, e la sua eredità.

3 Perciò, così ha detto il Signore: Ecco, io diviso del male contro a questa nazione, dal quale voi non potrete ritrarre il collo; e non camminerete più alteramente; perciocchè sarà un tempo malvagio.

4 In quel giorno gli uni prenderanno a far di voi un proverbio, e gli altri un lamento lamentevole, e diranno: Noi siamo del tutto guasti; egli ha trasportata ad altri la parte del mio popolo; come mi avrebbe egli tolte, ed avrebbe spartite le mie possessioni, per restituirmele?

5 Perciò, tu non avrai alcuno che tiri la cordicella, per far delle parti a sorte, nella raunanza del Signore.

6 Non profetizzate; pure profetizzeranno; non profetizzeranno a costoro; e non riceveranno vituperio.

7 È questo da dirsi, o casa di Giacobbe? è lo Spirito del Signore raccorciato? son queste le sue opere? non son le mie parole buone inverso chi cammina dirittamente?

8 Oltre a ciò, per addietro il mio popolo si levava contro al nemico; ma ora, voi, stando agli agguati contro ai vestimenti, spogliate del loro ammanto i passanti che se ne stanno in sicurtà, essendo in riposo della guerra.

9 Voi scacciate le donne del mio popolo fuor delle case delle lor delizie, voi togliete in perpetuo la mia gloria d’in su i lor piccoli figliuoli.

10 Levatevi, e camminate; perciocchè questo non è il luogo del riposo; conciossiachè sia contaminato, egli vi dissiperà, ed anche d’una dissipazione violenta.

11 Se vi è alcuno che proceda per ispirazioni, e menta falsamente, dicendo: Io ti profetizzerò di vino, e di cervogia; colui è il profeta di questo popolo.

12 Per certo, io ti raccoglierò, o Giacobbe, tutto quanto; per certo io radunerò il rimanente d’Israele; io lo metterò insieme, come pecore di Bosra, come una greggia in mezzo della sua mandra; vi sarà una gran calca per la moltitudine degli uomini.

13 Lo sforzatore salirà davanti a loro; essi sforzeranno gli ostacoli, e passeranno; sforzeranno la porta, ed usciranno per essa; e il lor re passerà davanti a loro, e il Signore sarà in capo di essi.


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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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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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 216


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 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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