Micah 1

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1 La parola dell’Eterno che fu rivolta a Michea, il Morashtita, ai giorni di Jotham, di Achaz e di Ezechia, re di Giuda, e ch’egli ebbe in visione intorno a Samaria e a Gerusalemme.

2 Ascoltate, o popoli tutti! Presta attenzione, o terra, con tutto quello ch’è in te! E il Signore, l’Eterno sia testimonio contro di voi: Il Signore dal suo tempio santo.

3 Poiché, ecco, l’Eterno esce dalla sua dimora, scende, cammina sulle alture della terra;

4 i monti si struggono sotto di lui, e le valli si schiantano, come cera davanti al fuoco, come acque sopra un pendio.

5 E tutto questo, per via della trasgressione di Giacobbe, e per via dei peccati della casa d’Israele. Qual è la trasgressione di Giacobbe? Non è Samaria? Quali sono gli alti luoghi di Giuda? Non sono Gerusalemme?

6 Perciò io farò di Samaria un mucchio di pietre nella campagna, un luogo da piantarci le vigne; ne farò rotolare le pietre giù nella valle, ne metterò allo scoperto le fondamenta.

7 Tutte le sue immagini scolpite saranno spezzate, tutti i salari della sua impudicizia saranno arsi col fuoco, e tutti i suoi idoli io li distruggerò; raccolti col salario della prostituzione, torneranno ad esser salari di prostituzione.

8 Per questo io farò cordoglio e urlerò, andrò spogliato e nudo; manderò de’ lamenti come lo sciacallo, grida lugubri come lo struzzo.

9 Poiché la sua piaga è incurabile; si estende fino a Giuda, giunge fino alla porta del mio popolo, fino a Gerusalemme.

10 Non l’annunziate in Gad! Non piangete in Acco! A Beth-Leafra io mi rotolo nella polvere.

11 Passa, vattene, o abitatrice di Shafir, in vergognosa nudità; non esce più l’abitatrice di Tsaanan; il cordoglio di Bet-Haetsel vi priva di questo rifugio.

12 L’abitatrice di Marot è dolente per i suoi beni, perché una sciagura è scesa da parte dell’Eterno fino alla porta di Gerusalemme.

13 Attacca i destrieri al carro, o abitatrice di Lakis! Essa è stata il principio del peccato per la figliuola di Sion, poiché in te si son trovate le trasgressioni d’Israele.

14 Perciò tu darai un regalo d’addio a Moresheth-Gath; le case d’Aczib saranno una cosa ingannevole per i re d’Israele.

15 Io ti condurrò un nuovo possessore, o abitatrice di Maresha; fino ad Adullam andrà la gloria d’Israele.

16 Tagliati i capelli, raditi il capo, a motivo de’ figliuoli delle tue delizie! Fatti calva come l’avvoltoio, poich’essi vanno in cattività, lungi da te!



Exploring the Meaning of Micah 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

The prophet Micah lived in the days of Hezekiah, the King of Judah, and the kings that preceded him. In 722 BC, in the fourth year of Hezekiah's reign, Shalmaneser, the King of Assyria, conquered the kingdom of Israel. This was the northern kingdom that had begun with Jeroboam, after Solomon's death, based around Samaria. The Assyrians led away its people, as described in 2 Kings 18:9.

Perhaps the Assyrian victory and the dispersal of the 10 lost tribes are related to Micah's prophecy, but - as in the other books of prophecy - at heart Micah is predicting broader spiritual events, especially the Lord's advent.

In Micah 1:1, 2, Micah starts out by proclaiming that the Lord is coming down as a witness against the people of the earth. Here the earth, internally, means the church - the Lord’s church which forms a connection between God and man. 1

Micah 1:3 says that Jehovah Himself will come down and restructure the church (meant by the earth) and will form a new heaven for that church. 2

In Micah 1:4-7 shows us an internal picture of the judgment on the Israelitish and Jewish churches. Mountains, valleys, fire, and water are all mentioned; all are representations of spiritual realities. When people of the church remember what those realities are, they will come to mind when they worship on a mountain, or treat the fire on the altar as holy. But when the spiritual meanings are forgotten, the representative things are done away with. This was true of both Samaria and Judah (Micah 1:5). 3

Verses 6 and 7 show the wickedness of Samaria, and what will happen to the idols there. 4 From its inception, the northern kingdom of Israel never had a good king. It had, as idols, the two golden calves that Jeroboam set up. All this will be destroyed.

Micah 1:8, 9 tell of the mourning of the people who love what is good, as far as Judah and even Jerusalem, which represents heaven.

However, in Micah 1:10-11, there's a mourning over the punishment as witnessed in some cities, which mean those doctrines that are used to try to justify the idolatry. But the anger is misdirected: people are angry with Jehovah, and not with the sins of idolatry that cause the punishment.

Micah 1:12 describes the mourning about the devastation of the church, which extends through all the heavens, even up to the highest.

In Micah 1:13-15, he's saying that the sins that were widespread in Israel, or Samaria, have also spread to the kingdom of Judah. To come to Adullam means to turn oneself towards evil.

Finally, in Micah 1:16, baldness means a lack of truths. Delightful sons are truths from God. Making yourself bald by shearing off your hair means you are spiritually denying the truths from God, i.e. that you are exiling yourself from your delightful sons. Consequently, everyone suffers deprivation. 5

To apply this to our lives... here's what it looks like:
1. We should turn away from evil and actively seek spiritual truths.
2. We shouldn't set up false gods in our lives, e.g things that we "worship" that really aren't useful.
3. We should try to look for the Lord in the Word, and to connect with Him.

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Footnotes:

1. See the description in Arcana Coelestia 10373.

2. See Arcana Coelestia 1311

3. For reference, see Apocalypse Explained 405[42] and Arcana Coelestia 9156[2].

4. See Apocalypse Explained 587[15].

5. See Arcana Coelestia 9960[6].

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 1      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

The prophet Micah lived in the days of Hezekiah, the King of Judah, and the kings that preceded him. In 722 BC, in the fourth year of Hezekiah's reign, Shalmaneser, the King of Assyria, conquered the kingdom of Israel. This was the northern kingdom that had begun with Jeroboam, after Solomon's death, based around Samaria. The Assyrians led away its people, as described in 2 Kings 18:9.

Perhaps the Assyrian victory and the dispersal of the 10 lost tribes are related to Micah's prophecy, but - as in the other books of prophecy - at heart Micah is predicting broader spiritual events, especially the Lord's advent.

In Micah 1:1, 2, Micah starts out by proclaiming that the Lord is coming down as a witness against the people of the earth. Here the earth, internally, means the church - the Lord’s church which forms a connection between God and man. 1

Micah 1:3 says that Jehovah Himself will come down and restructure the church (meant by the earth) and will form a new heaven for that church. 2

In Micah 1:4-7 shows us an internal picture of the judgment on the Israelitish and Jewish churches. Mountains, valleys, fire, and water are all mentioned; all are representations of spiritual realities. When people of the church remember what those realities are, they will come to mind when they worship on a mountain, or treat the fire on the altar as holy. But when the spiritual meanings are forgotten, the representative things are done away with. This was true of both Samaria and Judah (Micah 1:5). 3

Verses 6 and 7 show the wickedness of Samaria, and what will happen to the idols there. 4 From its inception, the northern kingdom of Israel never had a good king. It had, as idols, the two golden calves that Jeroboam set up. All this will be destroyed.

Micah 1:8, 9 tell of the mourning of the people who love what is good, as far as Judah and even Jerusalem, which represents heaven.

However, in Micah 1:10-11, there's a mourning over the punishment as witnessed in some cities, which mean those doctrines that are used to try to justify the idolatry. But the anger is misdirected: people are angry with Jehovah, and not with the sins of idolatry that cause the punishment.

Micah 1:12 describes the mourning about the devastation of the church, which extends through all the heavens, even up to the highest.

In Micah 1:13-15, he's saying that the sins that were widespread in Israel, or Samaria, have also spread to the kingdom of Judah. To come to Adullam means to turn oneself towards evil.

Finally, in Micah 1:16, baldness means a lack of truths. Delightful sons are truths from God. Making yourself bald by shearing off your hair means you are spiritually denying the truths from God, i.e. that you are exiling yourself from your delightful sons. Consequently, everyone suffers deprivation. 5

To apply this to our lives... here's what it looks like:
1. We should turn away from evil and actively seek spiritual truths.
2. We shouldn't set up false gods in our lives, e.g things that we "worship" that really aren't useful.
3. We should try to look for the Lord in the Word, and to connect with Him.

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Footnotes:

1. See the description in Arcana Coelestia 10373.

2. See Arcana Coelestia 1311

3. For reference, see Apocalypse Explained 405[42] and Arcana Coelestia 9156[2].

4. See Apocalypse Explained 587[15].

5. See Arcana Coelestia 9960[6].

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 215


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Arcana Coelestia 1311, 2327, 2606, 2851, 2921, 3901, 4816, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 47, 459, 537, 543, 612

Dottrina sulla Sacra Scrittura 35

Doctrine of Life 79


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Apocalypse Explained 141, 405, 587, 695, 714, 724, 850, ...

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