I. I have known several instances where people professing to hold a very pure and Christian creed, having become unfaithful and fallen into sin, their opponents, who held a very impure and unchristian creed, have exulted with "Ha, ha! During this time the Assyrians attacked the northern kingdom, which was defeated in 722 BC and was brought into Assyrian captivity (see Micah 1; Micah 5:5 ff). Still more when, at the close of the captivity, they were delivered from sorrow, trouble, bondage, death, to joy, rest, freedom, life. not in a state of unregeneracy, which is a state of total darkness, but in affliction and distress; for, as light often signifies prosperity, so darkness adversity, any afflictive dispensation of Providence; and especially when this attended with desertion, or the hidings of God's face; it is to be, not without any light of grace in the heart, or without the light of the word, or means of grace; but to be without the light of God's countenance; which is very uncomfortable, and makes dark providences darker still; see Isaiah 50:10; yet, notwithstanding all this. Micah knew that the same love, compassion, and mercy He showed to their fathers was available to them today – if they received it in faith. … Again the Assyrian is thought by … This passage is applied by the JewsF2Debarim Rabba, parash. By : David Guzik. He adds a consolation; for it would not be enough for one to repel with disdain the taunts of his enemy; but the Prophet says here, Rejoice not, for should I fall, I shall rise; or though I fall, I shall rise: and the passage seems to harmonize better when there is a pause after Rejoice not over me; and then to add, Though I fall, I shall rise, though I sit in darkness, Jehovah shall be a light to me (189) The Prophet means, that the state of the Church was not past hope. But as God calls the Church his spouse, and as she is described to us under the character of a woman, so also he compares here the enemies of the holy people to a petulant woman. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us in due time. Micah 7:8. Micah 7:7-20 is, primarily, the confession and intercession of the prophet, who identifies himself with Israel. We must not only look to him, but look for him. The rejoicing foe rebuked. (8) O mine enemy.—The Hebrew word is strictly a female enemy (see Micah 7:10), and is used of enemies collectively. Micah 7:8. But if a Persian or other persecutor begin to fall before a Jew, he can neither stay nor rise. The wicked fall and never rise, Amos 8:14, they shall drink of the cup of God’s wrath, "and be drunken, and spew, and fall, and rise no more," Jeremiah 25:27; their carcases shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them, Jeremiah 9:22. . so would we have it!" 5:47): “Though I have sinned, Thou forgivest the sin; though I have fallen, thou raisest up; lest they, who rejoice in the sins of others, should have occasion to exult. I shall arise, he says, a wiser man; a more watchful man; a humbler man. When Micah refers to a “man’s household” he is talking about the evil loves that live in our own will. into calamity; not into sin. Contrast Amos 7:8… for am I fallen, I rise again; for do I sit in darkness, Jehovah is light to me." At the moment of conversion, the soul enters upon a conflict which continues until his dying day. He rejoices in the thought of restoration. The remnant purified, who go out strong as a lion (Mic 5:7–8), represent the eschatological remnant who will share in the blessing of … The “enemy” is Babylon and “Edom” Obadiah 1:10, Obadiah 1:12; Psalm 137:7; and then, in all times, (since this was written for all times, and the relations of the people of God and of its enemies are the same,) whosoever, whether devils or evil men, rejoice over the falls of God‘s people. He calls Himself, "The light of Israel" Isaiah 10:17. Thy frequent anticipation of death, which is a source of perpetual conflict to many. when I fall, I shall arise — (Psalm 37:24; Proverbs 24:16). I am now in the Bishop of London’s coal house (saith Mr Philpot), a dark and ugly brison as any is about London; but my dark body of sin hath well deserved the same; and the Lord now hath brought me into outer darkness, that I might be the more lightened by him; as he is most present with his children in the midst of darkness. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Enduring Word Bible Commentary . Scripture speaks of God, in a directer way, as being Himself our light. Here the Prophet assumes the character of the Church and repels a temptation, which proves very severe to us in adversities; for there is not so much bitterness in the evil itself, as in the mockery of the wicked, when they petulantly insult us and deride our faith. Micah 7:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His [ a ] possession? As, therefore, when there is emulation between two women, she, who sees her enemy pressed down by evils and adverse events, immediately raises up herself and triumphs; so also the Prophet says respecting the enemies of the Church; they sharpened their tongues, and vomited forth their bitterness, as soon as they saw the children of God in trouble or nearly overwhelmed with adversities. Micah, the man of the country, in contrast to Isaiah, the city man, was a lover of the woods and of the fields. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me. Let me beseech you to remember that in Satan you have a personal living foe. Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. O mine enemy; O Assyria, Edom, or Babylon. He does not say, "after darkness, comes light," but "when I shall sit in darkness", then, "the Lord is light unto me". When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. “Mine enemy,” in Hebrew, is feminine. This is spoken more especially concerning Judah. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. By ואני what follows is attached adversatively to the preceding words. "[18] Blindly rejecting any such thing as predictive prophecy, some would delete these verses, or attribute them to some "post-exilic editor." "Israel addresses Babylon, her triumphant foe. But these arose again from their fall, while those jesters at holiness continued in the gall of bitterness and bonds of inward corruption. “O Babylon, that art to be destroyed.” The fall of those cities should be final, but Jerusalem would rise again. This is the reason why the Prophet directs his discourse now to the enemies of the Church. "God is not only our light", as (Lap.) Micah 7:8 Translation & Meaning. Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. 7:8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me - Montanus: “He does not say ‹lie,‘ but sit; she was not as one dead, without hope of life, but she sat solitary as a widow, helpless, unable to restore herself, yet waiting for God‘s time. "The Lord is my light" Psalm 27:1. We have not understood the greatness of our God until we have experienced the depth of His compassion. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light—Israel reasons as her divine representative, Messiah, reasoned by faith in His hour of darkness and desertion (Isa 50:7, 8, 10). Yet how much more in Christ, (for whom this deliverance prepared,) when “the people that walked in darkness have seern a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” Isaiah 9:2. In our greatest distresses, we shall see no reason to despair of salvation, if by faith … Apoliyon, the destroyer. Rejoice not over me, he says, O my enemy Why not? When we complain to the Lord of the badness of the times, we ought to complain against ourselves for the badness of our hearts. The Devil, or murderer. in their sin, which was so punished, they were turned away from the light. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us in due time. The sources of this conflict of thought and feeling are threefold,--the world, the devil, and death. when I fall: i.e. Literally I have fallen, I have arisen; though I should sit in darkness, Jehovah, &c. O mine enemy - as Babylon, Edom, etc., were to Israel. To fall and to arise is one. In order to form some idea of the foe we have to fight, look at the names given to him in Scripture. “The Lord is my light” Psalm 27:1. Satan, the accuser. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. The world should still continue to be divided between the people of God and their adversaries. Latest Blog Posts. For if God deprived us of all hope, enemies might justly deride us, and we must be silent: but since we are surely persuaded that God is ready at hand to restore us again, we can boldly answer our enemies when they annoy with their derisions; though I fall, I shall rise: “There is now no reason for thee to triumph over me when I fall; for it is God’s will that I should fall, but it is for this end — that I may soon rise again; and though I now lie in darkness, yet the Lord will be my light.”. For assure thyself, The right hand of the Lord will change all this, and, “ Flebile principium melior fortuna sequetur. His love is more powerful than His might. Micah refers to a “remnant” (sheerith ) five times (Micah 2:12; 4:7; 5:7, 8; 7:18), and each is connected with oracles of hope. He assaults our weakest part. Ne laeteris de me. Micah 5:2-5a EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The first verse of this book tells us that the word of Yahweh came to Micah “in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.” This was in the eighth century B.C. The language is very strong; the figurative terms employed suggest their own images; it is a sad but not a desperate case; there is hope in the Lord concerning this thing; but, meanwhile, there is a conflict going on which puts to the proof the strength and courage of Micah. — How so? The prophet in this verse personates the church, and brings her in bespeaking the enemy in this manner: Rejoice not; let it be no pleasure or matter of glorying to time, that the day of calamity hath overtaken me. — Ed. The bugle that calls him to peace with God, calls him also to battle. Some Christians make this mistake; they seem to expect that because they are Christians they shall be exempt from the temptations and evil inclinations of other men. Annul. passeth by the transgression--not conniving at it, but forgiving it; leaving it unpunished, as a traveller passes by what he chooses not to look into ( Proverbs 19:11). Cf. For, although God remits at once the eternal penalty of sin, yet we see daily, how punishment pursues the for given sinner, even to the end of life. Over and above the conflicts arising from his own evil heart, and the … The bugle that calls him to peace with God, calls him also to battle. Yet how much more in Christ, (for whom this deliverance prepared,) when "the people that walked in darkness have seern a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined" Isaiah 9:2. This prophecy clearly has never been fulfilled. Pin. Micah 6:10 An ephah was a dry measure. When Micah"s enemies saw him experience some discouraging situation, they rejoiced. Though he appeared to be groping in the darkness (cf. God will hear us. The darkness of the captivity was lightened by the light of the prophetic grace which shone through Daniel and Ezekiel, and by the faithfulness of the three children, and the brightness of divine glory shed abroad through them, when Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed to all people that their God was "God of gods and Lord of kings" Daniel 2:47, and that none should "speak anything amiss against Him" Daniel 3:29. He even looked through God's prophetic telescope to further proclaim the promised Messiah of God, Who was to be born in Bethlehem, to save His people from their sins. If Haman fall before Mordecai the Jew, he shall not easily stop, or step back, Esther 6:13. One of the most well-known half-verses in the Old Testament: “What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (NRSV). 7:8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. The conflict supposed. Commentary on Micah 6:9-16 (Read Micah 6:9-16) God, having showed how necessary it was that they should do justly, here shows how plain it was that they had done unjustly. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD, When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me —, I will bear the indignation of the Lord —, Until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me —, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. (z) "quamvis cecidi", Drusius, Burkius. I have been continually examining Micah chapter seven, particularly Micah 7:8-9. Let us proceed —. 8. They took his pledge of God's blessing with them when they went into bondage in Babylon. The rejoicing foe. The cities of Babylon and Edom are probably intended. the Lord shall be a light unto me; by delivering out of affliction; by lifting up the light of his countenance; by causing Christ the sun of righteousness to arise; by sending his Spirit to illuminate, refresh, and comfort; by his word, which is a lamp to the feet, a light to the path, a light shining in a dark place; see Psalm 27:1. However, the words are a vital and significant portion of the prophet's word of encouragement for a people shortly doomed to captivity; and it was precisely such encouraging words as these that enabled the humbled and enslaved remnant of the people to endure and triumph over that captivity. Israel addresses Babylon, her triumphant foe (or Edom), as a female: the type of her last and worst foes (Psalms 137:7-8). when Assyria was the reigning superpower. Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me. They are mentioned together in Psalms 137 : “Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom.” . Micah 7:16 “The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay [their] hand upon [their] mouth, their ears shall be deaf." These words are etched into stone in the foyer of my church. To rejoice over the fall or miseries of any man, betrays a malignant spirit. Micah 6:8 Or prudently; Micah 6:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain. It was the crofter trouble of those old times which in part caused Micah to speak burning words. 3. to the days of the Messiah. For God puts under him his own hand. . When I fall, I shall arise - (Psalms 37:24; Proverbs 24:16). At the moment of conversion, the soul enters upon a conflict which continues until his dying day. Micah also, with great sadness, challenged Israel to turn from their sinful ways, warning of the serious consequences of failing to do so. “The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light” Isaiah 60:19. (a) "quamvis sedero", Drusius; "quamvis sedeam", Burkius. When I fall, I shall arise] Because fall I never so low, I cannot fall below the supporting hand of God, which will help me up again, Psalms 37:24. Micah 6:6-8 Micah (whose name means “who is like Yahweh?”) was a contemporary of Isaiah, Amos and Hosea and prophesied to the southern kingdom of Judea around the 8th century BC. : “The fall of infirmity is not grave, if free from the desire of the will. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. God’s true saints shall be raised from the ground, however hard their fall. As to the latter clause, When I sit in darkness, God will be my light, it seems to be a confirmation of the preceding sentence, where the Prophet declares, that the fall of the Church would not be fatal. 3 Micah 7:7-9 shows the path away from evil. 11. fol. We do not need … Continue reading "Commentary on Micah 6:1-8" The rejoicing foe rebuked. At the same time, hints of exilic and postexilic periods (e.g., rebuilding city walls; restoring national boundaries, 7:11) may reflect expansions of the text over the years in view of … Continue reading "Commentary on Micah 6:1-8" Most of the commentators attempting an explanation of these verses apply them to "the abject surrender" of the Gentile nations to Israel in the days of Israel's coming glory, or to "their prostration before Jehovah with fear and trembling, and their recognition that `in none other name under heaven is there salvation.'" the Lord shall be a light unto me; by delivering out of affliction; by lifting up the light of his countenance; by causing Christ the sun of righteousness to arise; by sending his Spirit to illuminate, refresh, and comfort; by his word, which is a lamp to the feet, a light to the path, a light shining in a dark place; see Psalm 27:1. The fall and “the darkness” refer no doubt to the outward calamities of the Church, its troubles and afflictions. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fail, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. For we who have sinned more, have gained more; for Thy grace maketh more blessed than our own innocence.”. A light — Shall support, comfort and deliver me. What does this verse really mean? It was through the perfect Law of Moses that God showed mankind what is good and acceptable in His sight. Whence does the fallen Christian obtain his comfort, if it be not in ignoring the past? The fear of death is natural; it is probably a principle implanted from above, to prevent man from rushing unbidden into the presence of God. That’s where the evil is that we must fear and stamp out. Read Micah 7 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). The future is his reservoir of gladness. And to noble minds reproach is ever sharper than death itself: and yet the devil almost always employs this artifice; for when he sees that we stand firm in temptations, he suborns the wicked and sharpens their tongues to speak evil of use and to wound us with slanders. And when men vomit forth their poison against us, we ought to be furnished with the same weapons: then our minds shall never succumb, but boldly repel all the taunts of Satan and of wicked men. Rejoice not over me, O mine enemy! 245. And this seems to be a correct view: for it cannot be that any one will expect the deliverance of which the Prophet speaks, except he sees some light even in the thickest darkness, and sustains himself by partaking, in some measure, of God’s goodness: and a taste of God’s favor in distresses is suitably compared to light; as when one is cast into a deep pit, by raising upward his eyes, he sees at a distance the light of the sun; so also the obscure and thick darkness of tribulations may not so far prevail as to shut out from us every spark of light, and to prevent faith from raising our eyes upwards, that we may have some taste of God’s goodness. But yet some think that more is expressed, namely, that in the very darkness some spark of light would still shine. when I fall, I shall arise—(Ps 37:24; Pr 24:16). Intercession was a test of the prophetic office; Jeremiah 27:18; Genesis 20:7 But Micah's prayer voices also the heart exercise of the remnant in the last days. And to this fear the believer is liable, even as the unbeliever. "restoring us" outwardly "to gladness, freedom, happiness, whereof light is a symbol, as darkness is of sorrow, captivity, adversity, death." When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me] He can lighten the greatest darkness, as be did the dungeons to the martyrs. Even though all love and faithfulness should have vanished from among men, and the day of visitation should have come, the church of the faithful would not be driven from her confidence in the Lord, but would … in their sin, which was so punished, they were turned away from the light. I. James Smith applies this truth to believers - The patient, trustful sufferers He shall bring into the light, and cause such to behold his righteousness in all His dealings with them, for He doeth all things well. Commentary on Micah 7:8-13 (Read Micah 7:8-13) Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. No one has drawn close to God except the one who has cried over God’s compassion on Him. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me -, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light, When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me, "O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. When I fall, into a low condition, into deepest distresses, I shall arise; I shall not always lie in them, God will raise me out of them. Share 4. 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