Micah 7

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1 AHI lasso me! perciocchè io son divenuto come quando si son fatte le ricolte de’ frutti della state; come quando si è racimolato dopo la vendemmia; non vi è più grappolo da mangiare; l’anima mia ha desiderato un frutto primaticcio.

2 L’uomo pio è venuto meno in terra, e non vi è più alcun uomo diritto fra gli uomini; tutti quanti insidiano al sangue, ognuno caccia con la rete al suo fratello.

3 Ambe le mani sono intente a far male a più potere; il principe chiede, e il giudice giudica per ricompensa, e il grande pronunzia la perversità dell’anima sua, ed essi l’intrecciano.

4 Il miglior di loro è come una spina, il più diritto è peggior che una siepe; il giorno delle tue guardie, la tua punizione è venuta; ora sarà la lor perplessità.

5 Non credete al famigliare amico, non vi confidate nel conduttore; guarda gli usci della tua bocca da colei che ti giace in seno.

6 Perciocchè il figliuolo villaneggia il padre, la figliuola si leva contro alla madre, e la nuora contro alla suocera; i famigliari di ciascuno sono i suoi nemici.

7 Ma io starò alla veletta, riguardando al Signore; io aspetterò l’Iddio della mia salute; l’Iddio mio mi esaudirà.

8 Non rallegrarti di me, nemica mia; se son caduta, io mi rileverò; se seggo nelle tenebre, il Signore mi sarà luce.

9 Io porterò l’indegnazione del Signore; perciocchè io ho peccato contro a lui, finchè egli dibatta la mia lite, e mi faccia ragione, e mi tragga fuori alla luce; finchè io vegga la sua giustizia.

10 Allora la mia nemica lo vedrà, e vergogna la coprirà; essa che mi diceva: Dov’è il Signore Iddio tuo? gli occhi miei vedranno in lei ciò che desiderano; ora sarà ridotta ad esser calpestata, come il fango delle strade.

11 Nel giorno stesso che le tue chiusure saranno riedificate, l’editto si allontanerà.

12 In quel tempo si verrà a te fin dall’Assiria; e dalle città del paese della fortezza; e dal paese della fortezza fino al fiume, e da un mare fino all’altro, e da un monte fino all’altro.

13 Ma pure il paese sarà messo in desolazione, per cagion de’ suoi abitanti, per lo frutto de’ lor fatti.

14 Pastura il tuo popolo con la tua verga; la greggia della tua eredità, che se ne sta solitaria nelle selve, in mezzo di Carmel; pasturi ella in Basan, ed in Galaad, come a’ dì antichi.

15 Io le farò veder cose maravigliose, come a’ dì che tu uscisti del paese di Egitto.

16 Le genti vedranno queste cose, e saranno svergognate di tutta la lor potenza; si metteranno la mano in su la bocca, le loro orecchie saranno assordate.

17 Leccheranno la polvere, come la biscia, come i rettili della terra; tremeranno da’ lor ricetti, e si verranno ad arrendere al Signore Iddio nostro, con ispavento; e temeranno di te.

18 Chi è l’Iddio pari a te, che perdoni l’iniquità, e passi di sopra al misfatto del rimanente della tua eredità? egli non ritiene in perpetuo l’ira sua; perciocchè egli prende piacere in benignità.

19 Egli avrà di nuovo pietà di noi, egli metterà le nostre iniquità sotto i piedi, e getterà nel fondo del mare tutti i nostri peccati.

20 Tu atterrai a Giacobbe la verità, e ad Abrahamo la benignità, la quale tu giurasti a’ nostri padri già anticamente.



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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grappolo
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mangiare
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anima
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uomo
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terra
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sangue
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caccia
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fratello
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male
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principe
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giudice
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giudica
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grande
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giorno
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punizione
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venuta
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bocca
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seno
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figliuola
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madre
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nemici
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signore
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Iddio
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caduta
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luce
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vergogna
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città
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fortezza
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fiume
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mezzo
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carmel
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mano
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polvere
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iniquità
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ira
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benignità
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noi
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sotto
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giacobbe
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