Micah 7

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1 οιμμοι οτι εγενομην ως συναγων καλαμην εν αμητω και ως επιφυλλιδα εν τρυγητω ουχ υπαρχοντος βοτρυος του φαγειν τα πρωτογονα οιμμοι ψυχη

2 οτι απολωλεν ευλαβης απο της γης και κατορθων εν ανθρωποις ουχ υπαρχει παντες εις αιματα δικαζονται εκαστος τον πλησιον αυτου εκθλιβουσιν εκθλιβη

3 επι το κακον τας χειρας αυτων ετοιμαζουσιν ο αρχων αιτει και ο κριτης ειρηνικους λογους ελαλησεν καταθυμιον ψυχης αυτου εστιν και εξελουμαι

4 τα αγαθα αυτων ως σης εκτρωγων και βαδιζων επι κανονος εν ημερα σκοπιας ουαι ουαι αι εκδικησεις σου ηκασιν νυν εσονται κλαυθμοι αυτων

5 μη καταπιστευετε εν φιλοις και μη ελπιζετε επι ηγουμενοις απο της συγκοιτου σου φυλαξαι του αναθεσθαι τι αυτη

6 διοτι υιος ατιμαζει πατερα θυγατηρ επαναστησεται επι την μητερα αυτης νυμφη επι την πενθεραν αυτης εχθροι ανδρος παντες οι ανδρες οι εν τω οικω αυτου

7 εγω δε επι τον κυριον επιβλεψομαι υπομενω επι τω θεω τω σωτηρι μου εισακουσεται μου ο θεος μου

8 μη επιχαιρε μοι η εχθρα μου οτι πεπτωκα και αναστησομαι διοτι εαν καθισω εν τω σκοτει κυριος φωτιει μοι

9 οργην κυριου υποισω οτι ημαρτον αυτω εως του δικαιωσαι αυτον την δικην μου και ποιησει το κριμα μου και εξαξει με εις το φως οψομαι την δικαιοσυνην αυτου

10 και οψεται η εχθρα μου και περιβαλειται αισχυνην η λεγουσα προς με που κυριος ο θεος σου οι οφθαλμοι μου εποψονται αυτην νυν εσται εις καταπατημα ως πηλος εν ταις οδοις

11 ημερας αλοιφης πλινθου εξαλειψις σου η ημερα εκεινη και αποτριψεται νομιμα σου

12 η ημερα εκεινη και αι πολεις σου ηξουσιν εις ομαλισμον και εις διαμερισμον ασσυριων και αι πολεις σου αι οχυραι εις διαμερισμον απο τυρου εως του ποταμου συριας ημερα υδατος και θορυβου

13 και εσται η γη εις αφανισμον συν τοις κατοικουσιν αυτην εκ καρπων επιτηδευματων αυτων

14 ποιμαινε λαον σου εν ραβδω σου προβατα κληρονομιας σου κατασκηνουντας καθ' εαυτους δρυμον εν μεσω του καρμηλου νεμησονται την βασανιτιν και την γαλααδιτιν καθως αι ημεραι του αιωνος

15 και κατα τας ημερας εξοδιας σου εξ αιγυπτου οψεσθε θαυμαστα

16 οψονται εθνη και καταισχυνθησονται εκ πασης της ισχυος αυτων επιθησουσιν χειρας επι το στομα αυτων τα ωτα αυτων αποκωφωθησονται

17 λειξουσιν χουν ως οφεις συροντες γην συγχυθησονται εν συγκλεισμω αυτων επι τω κυριω θεω ημων εκστησονται και φοβηθησονται απο σου

18 τις θεος ωσπερ συ εξαιρων αδικιας και υπερβαινων ασεβειας τοις καταλοιποις της κληρονομιας αυτου και ου συνεσχεν εις μαρτυριον οργην αυτου οτι θελητης ελεους εστιν

19 αυτος επιστρεψει και οικτιρησει ημας καταδυσει τας αδικιας ημων και απορριφησονται εις τα βαθη της θαλασσης πασας τας αμαρτιας ημων

20 δωσεις αληθειαν τω ιακωβ ελεον τω αβρααμ καθοτι ωμοσας τοις πατρασιν ημων κατα τας ημερας τας εμπροσθεν



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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