Micah 2

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1 εγενοντο λογιζομενοι κοπους και εργαζομενοι κακα εν ταις κοιταις αυτων και αμα τη ημερα συνετελουν αυτα διοτι ουκ ηραν προς τον θεον τας χειρας αυτων

2 και επεθυμουν αγρους και διηρπαζον ορφανους και οικους κατεδυναστευον και διηρπαζον ανδρα και τον οικον αυτου ανδρα και την κληρονομιαν αυτου

3 δια τουτο ταδε λεγει κυριος ιδου εγω λογιζομαι επι την φυλην ταυτην κακα εξ ων ου μη αρητε τους τραχηλους υμων και ου μη πορευθητε ορθοι εξαιφνης οτι καιρος πονηρος εστιν

4 εν τη ημερα εκεινη λημφθησεται εφ' υμας παραβολη και θρηνηθησεται θρηνος εν μελει λεγων ταλαιπωρια εταλαιπωρησαμεν μερις λαου μου κατεμετρηθη εν σχοινιω και ουκ ην ο κωλυσων αυτον του αποστρεψαι οι αγροι ημων διεμερισθησαν

5 δια τουτο ουκ εσται σοι βαλλων σχοινιον εν κληρω εν εκκλησια κυριου

6 μη κλαιετε δακρυσιν μηδε δακρυετωσαν επι τουτοις ου γαρ απωσεται ονειδη

7 ο λεγων οικος ιακωβ παρωργισεν πνευμα κυριου ει ταυτα τα επιτηδευματα αυτου εστιν ουχ οι λογοι αυτου εισιν καλοι μετ' αυτου και ορθοι πεπορευνται

8 και εμπροσθεν ο λαος μου εις εχθραν αντεστη κατεναντι της ειρηνης αυτου την δοραν αυτου εξεδειραν του αφελεσθαι ελπιδα συντριμμον πολεμου

9 δια τουτο ηγουμενοι λαου μου απορριφησονται εκ των οικιων τρυφης αυτων δια τα πονηρα επιτηδευματα αυτων εξωσθησαν εγγισατε ορεσιν αιωνιοις

10 αναστηθι και πορευου οτι ουκ εστιν σοι αυτη η αναπαυσις ενεκεν ακαθαρσιας διεφθαρητε φθορα

11 κατεδιωχθητε ουδενος διωκοντος πνευμα εστησεν ψευδος εσταλαξεν σοι εις οινον και μεθυσμα και εσται εκ της σταγονος του λαου τουτου

12 συναγομενος συναχθησεται ιακωβ συν πασιν εκδεχομενος εκδεξομαι τους καταλοιπους του ισραηλ επι το αυτο θησομαι την αποστροφην αυτων ως προβατα εν θλιψει ως ποιμνιον εν μεσω κοιτης αυτων εξαλουνται εξ ανθρωπων

13 δια της διακοπης προ προσωπου αυτων διεκοψαν και διηλθον πυλην και εξηλθον δι' αυτης και εξηλθεν ο βασιλευς αυτων προ προσωπου αυτων ο δε κυριος ηγησεται αυτων


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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Swedenborg

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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