Micah 2

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1 Guai a quelli che meditano l’iniquità e macchinano il male sui loro letti, per metterlo ad effetto allo spuntar del giorno, quando ne hanno il potere in mano!

2 Agognano dei campi, e li rapiscono; delle case, e se le prendono; così opprimono l’uomo e la sua casa, l’individuo e la sua proprietà.

3 Perciò così parla l’Eterno: Ecco, io medito contro questa stirpe un male, al quale non potrete sottrarre il collo; e non camminerete più a test’alta, perché saranno tempi cattivi.

4 In quel giorno si farà su di voi un proverbio, si canterà un lamento, e si dirà: "E’ finito! Noi siamo interamente rovinati! Egli passa ad altri la parte del mio popolo! Vedete, com’egli me la toglie! I nostri campi li distribuisce agli infedeli!"

5 Perciò tu non avrai più alcuno che tiri la cordicella per far le parti, nelle raunanza dell’Eterno.

6 "Non profetate!" Vanno essi ripetendo. Anche se non si profetizzino cotali cose, non si eviterà l’ignominia.

7 O tu che porti il nome di casa di Giacobbe, è forse l’Eterno pronto all’ira? E’ questo il suo modo d’agire? Le mie parole non son esse favorevoli a colui che cammina rettamente?

8 Ma da qualche tempo il mio popolo insorge come un nemico; voi portate via il mantello di sopra alla veste a quelli che passan tranquillamente, che tornano dalla guerra.

9 Voi cacciate le donne del mio popolo dalla case che son la loro delizia; voi rapite per sempre la mia gloria ai loro figliuoletti.

10 Levatevi, andatevene! Perché questo non è luogo di riposo; a motivo della sua contaminazione, esso vi distruggerà d’una distruzione orrenda.

11 Se uno andasse dietro al vento, e spacciasse menzogne, dicendo: "Io predirò per te vino e bevande forti!" quello sarebbe l’oracolo di questo popolo.

12 Io ti radunerò, o Giacobbe, ti radunerò tutto quanto! Certo io raccoglierò il rimanente d’Israele; io li farò venire assieme come pecore in un ovile, come un gregge in mezzo al suo pascolo; il luogo sarà affollato di uomini.

13 Chi farà la breccia salirà innanzi a loro; essi faran la breccia, e passeranno per la porta e per essa usciranno, il loro re camminerà davanti a loro, e l’Eterno sarà alla loro testa.



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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