Mika 3

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1 Og jeg sa: Hør, I Jakobs høvdinger og I dommere for Israels hus! Er det ikke eders sak å vite hvad rett er?

2 I som hater det gode og elsker det onde, I som flår huden av dem og kjøttet av deres ben,

3 I som eter mitt folks kjøtt og river huden av dem og knuser deres ben og breder dem ut likesom i en gryte og som kjøtt i en panne.

4 Da* skal de rope til Herren, men han skal ikke svare dem; han skal skjule sitt åsyn for dem på den tid for deres onde gjerningers skyld! / {* MIK 2, 3.}

5 sier Herren om de profeter som fører mitt folk vill, som roper når de har noget å tygge med sine tenner: Fred! Men mot den som intet gir dem i deres munn, roper de ut en hellig krig.

6 Derfor skal det bli natt for eder uten syner, og mørke uten spådom; solen skal gå ned over profetene, og dagen bli sort over dem.

7 Seerne skal skamme sig, og spåmennene blues; de skal tilhylle skjegget* alle sammen; for det kommer intet svar fra Gud. / {* 3MO 13, 45.}

8 Men jeg, jeg er full av kraft ved Herrens Ånd og full av rett og styrke til å vidne for Jakob om hans overtredelse og for Israel om hans synd.

9 Hør dette, I høvdinger over Jakobs hus og I dommere for Israels hus, I som avskyr rett og gjør det kroket alt det som er bent,

10 I som bygger Sion med blod og Jerusalem med urett!

11 Dets høvdinger dømmer for gave, dets prester lærer for betaling, og dets profeter spår for penger, og enda stoler de på Herren og sier: Er ikke Herren midt iblandt oss? Det kommer ingen ulykke over oss.

12 Derfor skal for eders skyld Sion pløies som en aker, og Jerusalem skal bli til grusdynger, og tempelberget til skogbakker.



Exploring the Meaning of Mika 3      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Micah 3:1-3, Micah speaks to the wicked leaders of Jacob and Israel: "Aren’t you supposed to know Judgment? You hate the good and love the evil."

Here, peoples' bones stand for the things they know. Their muscles represent the things they love. The flesh and skin are things about them that are more and more external. 1

And here, Micah is saying that if any of these things, no matter how external, are still good, the evil leaders wish to destroy them.

Micah 3:4. If those destructive leaders cry out to Jehovah for help, He will not hear them.

Micah 3:5-7. These verses are pretty plain as to what they are saying to those wicked leaders: They will end up in darkness. 2 They can prophesy nothing true, because they are so perverted that they know nothing about truth.

In 3:8, Micah says that he has the spirit of Jehovah and can truly prophesy.

In 3:9-11, Micah tells those "heads" and "captains" just how evil they have been, and that still they claim that God is with them. Because they have falsified all truth and good, they can’t tell the difference anymore.

Finally, in verse 12, because of all this, Zion and Jerusalem, meaning the whole of the Israelitish church, will cease to be a representative of the Lord’s ongoing church on earth. 3

Applying this, today... there are a couple of very powerful ideas in this chapter. One is that evil hates good, and wants to destroy even remnants of it. Another scary idea here is that human beings can get to the point of not being able to tell the difference between what's true, and what's false, or between what's good, and what's evil.

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Footnotes:

1Arcana Coelestia 3812[5].
2Apocalypse Explained 372[2].
3Apocalypse Revealed 880.

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 3      

Napsal(a) New Christian Bible Study Staff

In Micah 3:1-3, Micah speaks to the wicked leaders of Jacob and Israel: "Aren’t you supposed to know Judgment? You hate the good and love the evil."

Here, peoples' bones stand for the things they know. Their muscles represent the things they love. The flesh and skin are things about them that are more and more external. 1

And here, Micah is saying that if any of these things, no matter how external, are still good, the evil leaders wish to destroy them.

Micah 3:4. If those destructive leaders cry out to Jehovah for help, He will not hear them.

Micah 3:5-7. These verses are pretty plain as to what they are saying to those wicked leaders: They will end up in darkness. 2 They can prophesy nothing true, because they are so perverted that they know nothing about truth.

In 3:8, Micah says that he has the spirit of Jehovah and can truly prophesy.

In 3:9-11, Micah tells those "heads" and "captains" just how evil they have been, and that still they claim that God is with them. Because they have falsified all truth and good, they can’t tell the difference anymore.

Finally, in verse 12, because of all this, Zion and Jerusalem, meaning the whole of the Israelitish church, will cease to be a representative of the Lord’s ongoing church on earth. 3

Applying this, today... there are a couple of very powerful ideas in this chapter. One is that evil hates good, and wants to destroy even remnants of it. Another scary idea here is that human beings can get to the point of not being able to tell the difference between what's true, and what's false, or between what's good, and what's evil.

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Footnotes:

1. Arcana Coelestia 3812[5].
2. Apocalypse Explained 372[2].
3. Apocalypse Revealed 880.

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Swedenborg

Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 217


Další odkazy Swedenborga k této kapitole:

Arcana Coelestia 368, 2353, 3693, 3812, 4281, 5585, 5895, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 8, 53, 312, 435, 612, 939


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 183, 372, 401, 412, 556, 624, 850

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 57

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