Mika 2

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1 Ve dem som tenker ut urett og emner på ondt mens de ligger på sitt leie! Så snart morgenen gryr, setter de det i verk, fordi det står i deres makt.

2 De attrår marker og røver dem, de attrår hus og tar dem, de gjør vold mot mannen og hans hus, mot bonden og hans arvelodd.

3 Derfor sier Herren så: Se, jeg tenker ut ondt over denne slekt, ulykker som I ikke skal kunne ryste av eders hals, og I skal ikke kunne med høireist hode; for det blir en ond tid.

4 På den dag skal folk istemme en spottevise over eder og synge en klagesang. De skal si: Det er forbi, vi er rent ødelagt; mitt folks arvelodd skifter han ut til andre, se, hvorledes han tar den fra mig! Til frafalne* deler han ut våre jorder. / {* d.e. hedninger.}

5 Derfor skal du ingen ha som drar målesnor over nogen jordlodd* i Herrens menighet. / {* tilmåler dig en jordlodd.}

6 Prek ikke! Så preker de. De må ikke preke om slikt, det blir ingen ende på skjellsord*. / {* de sanne profeter, sier de mektige undertrykkere, må ikke preke om ulykke; deres tale er bare en endeløs rekke av skjellsord.}

7 Hvilket ord, du Jakobs hus! Mon Herren er snar til vrede? Eller er det således han pleier å gå frem? Er ikke mine ord gode mot den som vandrer ærlig?

8 Men for lenge siden har mitt folk reist sig som min fiende; I drar kappen av folk som går trygge forbi og er fredelig sinnede - så de bare har kjortelen igjen.

9 Mitt folks kvinner driver I ut av de hjem som var deres lyst; fra deres små barn tar I for alltid bort den pryd jeg har gitt dem.

10 Stå op og dra bort! For her er ikke eders hvilested, for eders urenhets skyld, som volder fordervelse, svær fordervelse.

11 Om nogen kom med munnsvær og svik og løi og sa: Jeg vil preke for dig om vin og om sterk drikk - han skulde være en predikant for dette folk.

12 Jeg vil samle dig, Jakob, samle eder så mange som I er; sanke sammen vil jeg det som er igjen av Israel, jeg vil føre dem sammen som får i en kve, som en hjord til sitt beite, så det larmer av mennesker.

13 Veibryteren går foran dem, de bryter igjennem og drar frem gjennem porten og går ut av den; deres konge drar frem foran dem, og Herren i spissen for dem.



Exploring the Meaning of Mika 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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