Micah 3

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1 OR io ho detto: Deh! ascoltate, capi di Giacobbe, e voi conduttori della casa d’Israele: Non vi si appartiene egli di conoscer la dirittura?

2 Essi odiano il bene, ed amano il male; scorticano il mio popolo, e gli strappano la carne d’in su le ossa.

3 E ciò che mangiano è la carne del mio popolo, e gli traggono la pelle d’addosso, e gli fiaccano le ossa; e tagliano quella a pezzi, come per metterla in una pignatta; ed a guisa di carne, che si mette in mezzo d’una pentola.

4 Allora grideranno al Signore, ma egli non risponderà loro; anzi, in quel tempo egli nasconderà la sua faccia da loro, secondo che hanno malvagiamente operato.

5 Così ha detto il Signore contro a’ profeti, che traviano il mio popolo; che predicando pace, mordono co’ lor denti; e se alcuno non loro nulla in bocca, bandiscono contro a lui la guerra;

6 perciò, ei vi si farà notte e non vedrete più alcuna visione; e vi si farà scuro, e non potrete più indovinare; e il sole tramonterà a questi profeti, e il giorno scurerà loro.

7 E i vedenti saranno svergognati, e gl’indovini confusi; e tutti quanti si veleranno il labbro di sopra; perciocchè non vi sarà risposta alcuna di Dio.

8 Ma quant’è a me, io son ripieno di forza, per lo Spirito del Signore; e di dirittura, e di prodezza, per dichiarare a Giacobbe il suo misfatto, e ad Israele il suo peccato.

9 Deh! udite questo, capi della casa di Giacobbe, e rettori della casa d’Israele, che abbominate la ragione, e pervertite ogni dirittura;

10 che edificate Sion di sangue, e Gerusalemme d’iniquità:

11 I capi d’essa giudicano per presenti, e i suoi sacerdoti insegnano per prezzo, e i suoi profeti indovinano per danari; e pure ancora si appoggiano in sul Signore, dicendo: Non è il Signore nel mezzo di noi? male alcuno non ci sopraggiungerà.

12 Perciò, per cagion vostra Sion sarà arata come un campo, e Gerusalemme sarà ridotta in mucchi di ruine, e il monte del tempio in alti luoghi di selva.



Exploring the Meaning of Micah 3      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Micah 3:1-3, Micah speaks to the wicked leaders of Jacob and Israel: "Aren’t you supposed to know Judgment? You hate the good and love the evil."

Here, peoples' bones stand for the things they know. Their muscles represent the things they love. The flesh and skin are things about them that are more and more external. 1

And here, Micah is saying that if any of these things, no matter how external, are still good, the evil leaders wish to destroy them.

Micah 3:4. If those destructive leaders cry out to Jehovah for help, He will not hear them.

Micah 3:5-7. These verses are pretty plain as to what they are saying to those wicked leaders: They will end up in darkness. 2 They can prophesy nothing true, because they are so perverted that they know nothing about truth.

In 3:8, Micah says that he has the spirit of Jehovah and can truly prophesy.

In 3:9-11, Micah tells those "heads" and "captains" just how evil they have been, and that still they claim that God is with them. Because they have falsified all truth and good, they can’t tell the difference anymore.

Finally, in verse 12, because of all this, Zion and Jerusalem, meaning the whole of the Israelitish church, will cease to be a representative of the Lord’s ongoing church on earth. 3

Applying this, today... there are a couple of very powerful ideas in this chapter. One is that evil hates good, and wants to destroy even remnants of it. Another scary idea here is that human beings can get to the point of not being able to tell the difference between what's true, and what's false, or between what's good, and what's evil.

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Footnotes:

1Arcana Coelestia 3812[5].
2Apocalypse Explained 372[2].
3Apocalypse Revealed 880.

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 3      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Micah 3:1-3, Micah speaks to the wicked leaders of Jacob and Israel: "Aren’t you supposed to know Judgment? You hate the good and love the evil."

Here, peoples' bones stand for the things they know. Their muscles represent the things they love. The flesh and skin are things about them that are more and more external. 1

And here, Micah is saying that if any of these things, no matter how external, are still good, the evil leaders wish to destroy them.

Micah 3:4. If those destructive leaders cry out to Jehovah for help, He will not hear them.

Micah 3:5-7. These verses are pretty plain as to what they are saying to those wicked leaders: They will end up in darkness. 2 They can prophesy nothing true, because they are so perverted that they know nothing about truth.

In 3:8, Micah says that he has the spirit of Jehovah and can truly prophesy.

In 3:9-11, Micah tells those "heads" and "captains" just how evil they have been, and that still they claim that God is with them. Because they have falsified all truth and good, they can’t tell the difference anymore.

Finally, in verse 12, because of all this, Zion and Jerusalem, meaning the whole of the Israelitish church, will cease to be a representative of the Lord’s ongoing church on earth. 3

Applying this, today... there are a couple of very powerful ideas in this chapter. One is that evil hates good, and wants to destroy even remnants of it. Another scary idea here is that human beings can get to the point of not being able to tell the difference between what's true, and what's false, or between what's good, and what's evil.

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Footnotes:

1. Arcana Coelestia 3812[5].
2. Apocalypse Explained 372[2].
3. Apocalypse Revealed 880.

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Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 217


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 368, 2353, 3693, 3812, 4281, 5585, 5895, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 8, 53, 312, 435, 612, 939


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 183, 372, 401, 412, 556, 624, 850

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 57

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