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הושע 4:16

Hebrew: Modern     

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16 כי כפרה סררה סרר ישראל עתה ירעם יהוה ככבש במרחב׃

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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 187


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 1613, 5198, 5201, 5354

Apocalypse Revealed 861

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Yeremiyah 31:18

Zechariyah 7:11

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Michah 3:5

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5 כה אמר יהוה על הנביאים המתעים את עמי הנשכים בשניהם וקראו שלום ואשר לא יתן על פיהם וקדשו עליו מלחמה׃

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Exploring the Meaning of Micah 3      

By 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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From Swedenborg's Works

Main explanations:

The Inner Meaning of the Prophets and Psalms 217


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 2353

Apocalypse Revealed 53, 435


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 401, 556

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 57

Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Mishlei 28:21

Yishevah 3:12

Yeremiyah 6:4, 14

Eichah 2:14

Yechezchial 13:9, 19

הושע 4:5

Michah 2:11

Word/Phrase Explanations

אמר
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

יהוה
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...

מלחמה
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