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Michée 2

French: Louis Segond (1910)         

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1 Malheur à ceux qui méditent l'iniquité et qui forgent le mal Sur leur couche! Au point du jour ils l'exécutent, Quand ils ont le pouvoir en main.

2 Ils convoitent des champs, et ils s'en emparent, Des maisons, et ils les enlèvent; Ils portent leur violence sur l'homme et sur sa maison, Sur l'homme et sur son héritage.

3 C'est pourquoi ainsi parle l'Eternel: Voici, je médite contre cette race un malheur; Vous n'en préserverez pas vos cous, Et vous ne marcherez pas la tête levée, Car ces temps seront mauvais.

4 En ce jour-là, on fera de vous un sujet de sarcasme, On poussera des cris lamentables, On dira: Nous sommes entièrement dévastés! Il donne à d'autres la part de mon peuple! Eh quoi! il me l'enlève! Il distribue nos champs à l'ennemi!...

5 C'est pourquoi tu n'auras personne Qui étende le cordeau sur un lot, Dans l'assemblée de l'Eternel. -

6 Ne prophétisez pas! disent-ils. Qu'on ne prophétise pas de telles choses! Les invectives n'ont point de fin! -

7 Oses-tu parler ainsi, maison de Jacob? L'Eternel est-il prompt à s'irriter? Est-ce là sa manière d'agir? Mes paroles ne sont-elles pas favorables A celui qui marche avec droiture?

8 Depuis longtemps on traite mon peuple en ennemi; Vous enlevez le manteau de dessus les vêtements De ceux qui passent avec sécurité En revenant de la guerre.

9 Vous chassez de leurs maisons chéries les femmes de mon peuple, Vous ôtez pour toujours ma parure à leurs enfants.

10 Levez-vous, marchez! car ce n'est point ici un lieu de repos; A cause de la souillure, il y aura des douleurs, des douleurs violentes.

11 Si un homme court après le vent et débite des mensonges: Je vais te prophétiser sur le vin, sur les boissons fortes! Ce sera pour ce peuple un prophète.

12 Je te rassemblerai tout entier, ô Jacob! Je rassemblerai les restes d'Israël, Je les réunirai comme les brebis d'une bergerie, Comme le troupeau dans son pâturage; Il y aura un grand bruit d'hommes.

13 Celui qui fera la brèche montera devant eux; Ils feront la brèche, franchiront la porte et en sortiront; Leur roi marchera devant eux, Et l'Eternel sera à leur tête.

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 2      

By 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, seeArcana Coelestia 4402[9].

2. SeeArcana Coelestia 8942.

3. SeeArcana Coelestia 5608[8].

4. SeeApocalypse Explained 376[18].

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 216


Other references to this chapter:

Arcanes Célestes 248, 878, 2851, 3305, 3542, 4281, 4286, ...

L’Apocalypse Révélée 137, 328, 434, 899

Doctrine de a Nouvelle Jérusalem sur Le Seigneur 4, 48

La Vraie Religion Chrétienne 156


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 395, 555

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 58

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

mal
'Wickedness' signifies evil, and 'iniquity' signifies falsities.

main
Scientists believe that one of the most crucial developments in the evolution of humans was bipedalism – walking on two legs. That left our hands...

des champs
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

champs
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

Maisons
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

maison
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

l'homme
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

homme
The relationship between men and women is deep and nuanced, and one entire book of the Writings – Conjugial Love or Love in Marriage –...

héritage
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...

l'eternel
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

temps
Time is an aspect of the physical world, but according to Swedenborg is not an aspect of the spiritual world. The same is true of...

jour
"Day" describes a state in which we are turned toward the Lord, and are receiving light (which is truth) and heat (which is a desire...

nous
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

lot
On the most internal level, the stories of Abraham tell us about the Lord's development in his own childhood, with Abraham representing the Lord's spiritual...

Assemblée
A congregation is a group of people with common loves, interests, and purposes. It often refers to a church group. In the Word it is...

jacob
Jacob is told twice that his name will now be Israel. The first time is when he wrestles with an angel on his journey to...

ennemi
An enemy in the Bible refers to people who are in the love of evil and the false thinking that springs from evil. On a...

Vêtements
Soft raiment,' as in Matthew 11:9, represents the internal sense of the Word.

guerre
War in the Word represents the combat of temptation when what is good is assaulted by what is evil or false. The evil that attacks...

les femmes
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...

femmes
'Women,' as in Genesis 45:19, signify the affections of truth. But in Genesis 31:50, 'women' signify affections of not genuine truth, so not of the...

pour toujours
'Perpetual' in the literal sense, means to the end of one’s life, after death, and eternity.

vent
Because a nearer and stronger divine influx through the heavens disperses truths among the wicked, 'wind' signifies this dispersion of truth and the resulting conjunction...

vin
Wine played a key role in the ancient world, where safe, reliable water sources were scarce. It could be stored for long periods of time;...

fortes
Strong drink' signifies the truth of the natural self.

d'israël
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

Israël
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

brebis
It’s pretty easy for most people to read the Bible and get a sense for what “sheep” means without any help. They are simple, peaceful,...

troupeau
A flock, as in Genesis 26, denotes interior or rational good. A flock signifies those who are in spiritual good. A flock signifies natural interior...

porte
"Gates" in ancient times had a significance that does not hold in the modern world. Cities then were enclosed by walls for protection; gates in...

Roi
The human mind is composed of two parts, a will and an understanding, a seat of loves and affections, and a seat of wisdom and...

tête
The head is the part of us that is highest, which means in a representative sense that it is what is closest to the Lord....

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Arcanes Célestes #3543

Arcanes Célestes (Le Boys des Guays traduction)      

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3543. Et elle mit le ragoût, signifie les choses délectables qui en proviennent : on le voit par la signification du ragoût, en ce que ce sont les charmes, et aussi les choses délectables, numéros 3502, 3536.

(References: Genèse 27:17)

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Du Divin Amour et de la Divine Sagesse 377

La Nouvelle Jérusalem et sa Doctrine Céleste 121


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