Mika 3

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1 Och jag sade: Hören, I Jakobs hövdingar och I furstar av Israels hus. Tillkommer det ej eder att veta vad rätt är,

2 I som haten det goda och älsken det onda, I som sliten huden av kroppen på människorna och köttet från deras ben?

3 Men eftersom dessa äta mitt folks kött och riva huden av deras kropp och bryta sönder deras ben, för att stycka dem likasom det man kastar i grytan, ja, likasom kött som lägges i kitteln,

4 därför skall HERREN icke svara dem, när de ropa till honom; han skall dölja sitt ansikte för dem på den tiden, för deras onda väsendes skull.

5 Så talar HERREN mot de profeter som föra mitt folk vilse, mot dem som ropa: »Allt står väl till!», så länge de hava något att tugga med sina tänder, men båda upp folket till helig strid mot den som ej giver dem något i gapet.

6 Därför skall natt komma över eder, så att det bliver slut på edra syner, och mörker, så att det bliver slut på edra spådomar. Ja, solen skall gå ned över profeterna och dagen varda mörk över dem.

7 Siarna skola stå där med skam, och spåmännen skola få blygas; de skola alla nödgas skyla sitt skägg, då nu intet svar mer kommer från Gud.

8 Men jag, jag är uppfylld med kraft, ja, med HERRENS Ande, med rättsinne och frimodighet, så att jag kan förkunna för Jakob hans överträdelse och för Israel hans synd.

9 Hören då detta, I hövdingar av Jakobs hus och I furstar av Israels hus, I som hållen för styggelse vad rätt är och gören krokigt allt vad rakt är,

10 I som byggen upp Sion med blodsdåd och Jerusalem med orättfärdighet --

11 den stad vars hövdingar döma för mutor, vars präster undervisa för betalning, och vars profeter spå för penningar, allt under det de stödja sig på HERREN och säga: »Är icke HERREN mitt ibland oss? Olycka skall ej komma över oss

12 Därför skall för eder skull Sion varda upplöjt till en åker och Jerusalem bliva en stenhop och tempelberget en skogbevuxen höjd.



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 Caelestia 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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