Mika 7

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1 Ve mig! Det är mig, såsom när frukten är insamlad om sommaren, eller såsom när efterskörden efter vinbärgningen är slut och ingen druvklase mer finnes att äta, intet förstlingsfikon av dem jag hade haft lust till.

2 De fromma äro försvunna ur landet, och ingen redlig man finnes bland människorna. Alla ligga de på lur efter blod; envar vill fånga den andre i sitt nät.

3 Till att främja det onda äro deras händer redo: fursten begär gåvor, och domaren står efter vinning; den mäktige kräver öppet vad honom lyster; så bedriva de vrånghet.

4 Den bäste ibland dem är såsom ett törnsnår, den redligaste värre än en taggig häck. Men när dina siares dag är inne, ja, när hemsökelsen når dig, då skall bestörtning komma ibland dem.

5 Man får icke tro på någon vän, icke lita på någon förtrogen; för henne som vilar i din famn måste du vakta din muns dörrar.

6 Ty sonen föraktar sin fader, dottern sätter sig upp mot sin moder, sonhustrun mot sin svärmoder, och envar har sitt eget husfolk till fiender.

7 Men jag vill skåda efter HERREN, jag vill hoppas på min frälsnings Gud; min Gud skall höra mig.

8 Glädjens icke över mig, I mina fiender. Om jag än har fallit, skall jag dock stå upp igen; om jag än sitter i mörkret, är dock HERREN mitt ljus.

9 Eftersom jag har syndat mot HERREN, vill jag bära hans vrede, till dess att han utför min sak och skaffar mig rätt, till dess att han för mig ut i ljuset, så att jag med lust får se på hans rättfärdighet.

10 När mina fiender se det, skola de höljas med skam, desamma som säga till mig: »Var är nu HERREN, din Gud?» Mina ögon skola se med lust på dem; ty då skola de bliva nedtrampade såsom orenlighet på gatan.

11 En dag skall komma, då dina murar skola byggas upp; på den dagen skola dina gränser sträcka sig vida.

12 På den dagen skall man komma till dig både från Assur och från Egyptens städer, ja från Egypten och ända ifrån floden, och från hav till hav, och från berg till berg.

13 Men eljest skall jorden bliva en ödemark för sina inbyggares skull; det skall vara deras gärningars frukt.

14 Vakta med din stav ditt folk, din arvedels hjord, så att den får hava sin avskilda boning i skogen på Karmel; låt den gå i bet i Basan och i Gilead, likasom under forna dagar.

15 Ja, likasom i de dagar då du drog ut ur Egyptens land skall jag låta dem se underbara ting.

16 Hedningarna skola se det och komma på skam med all sin makt. De skola nödgas lägga handen på munnen, deras öron skola vara bedövade.

17 De skola slicka stoftet såsom ormar; lika maskar som kräla på jorden skola de med bävan övergiva sina borgar. Med förskräckelse skola de söka HERREN, vår Gud; Ja, för dig skola de frukta.

18 Vem är en sådan Gud som du? -- du som förlåter kvarlevan av din arvedel dess missgärning och tillgiver den dess överträdelse, du som icke behåller vrede evinnerligen, ty du har lust till nåd,

19 och du skall åter förbarma dig över oss och trampa våra missgärningar under fötterna. Ja, du skall kasta alla deras synder i havets djup.

20 Du skall bevisa trofasthet mot Jakob och nåd mot Abraham, såsom du med ed har lovat våra fäder i forntidens dagar.



Exploring the Meaning of Mika 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 Caelestia 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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