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. To fall and to arise is one. And in his letter to the Lady Vane, I thank the Lord, saith he, I am not alone, but have six other faithful companions, who in our darkness do cheerfully sing hymns and praises to God for his great goodness. 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). 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. 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. Micah 6:8 Or prudently; Micah 6:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain. "The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light" Isaiah 60:19. Hear the rod when it is come, and you are sensible of the smart; hear what counsels, what cautions it speaks. 6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies are the members of his own household. He therefore was a contemporary of Isaiah, Hosea and Amos. 11. fol. A type of the great enemy of the believer and of the Church, Satan. 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 (Isaiah 50:7, Isaiah 50:8, Isaiah 50:10). Rejoice not — The prophet personates the church. Jehovah will be a light to me. In our greatest distresses, we shall see no reason to despair of salvation, if by faith … We should … A light — Shall support, comfort and deliver me. He is our light, by infusing knowledge, joy, heavenly brightness, in any outward lot. : “The fall of infirmity is not grave, if free from the desire of the will. Apoliyon, the destroyer. The rejoicing foe. Scripture speaks of God, in a directer way, as being Himself our light. But if a Persian or other persecutor begin to fall before a Jew, he can neither stay nor rise. The enemy are the Assyrians and Chaldeans; the fall is their idolatry and consequent captivity; the darkness, the calamities they suffered in that captivity; their rise and light, their restoration and consequent blessedness. This is fearful. The conflict supposed. Though I have fallen, I have risen; when I fall, I shall arise — (Psalm 37:24; Proverbs 24:16). the Lord shall be a light unto me; shall support, comfort, and deliver me, his presence and favour shall, as the sun rising, dispel the darkness of the night. (z) "quamvis cecidi", Drusius, Burkius. Cf. for am I fallen, I rise again; for do I sit in darkness, Jehovah is light to me." 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. The Hebrew is relatively straightforward here. Micah 3:2 "Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;" The judges instead of fulfilling the obligations of their office, whereby they should be “for the people to God-ward,” perpetrated the most flagrant cruelty upon them. Micah, the man of the country, in contrast to Isaiah, the city man, was a lover of the woods and of the fields. "[18] Blindly rejecting any such thing as predictive prophecy, some would delete these verses, or attribute them to some "post-exilic editor." so would we have it!" 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. That’s where the evil is that we must fear and stamp out. Micah 6:13 Or Therefore, I will make you ill and destroy you; / I will ruin; Micah 6:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. 7:8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. A Jew may fall before a Persian and get up and prevail. I. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us in due time. The world should still continue to be divided between the people of God and their adversaries. To rejoice over the fall or miseries of any man, betrays a malignant spirit. These best reveal his character. “The Lord is my light” Psalm 27:1. The rejoicing foe rebuked. 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. . We must not only look to him, but look for him. The light of God's love may not, on grounds which He knoweth, shine unchequered upon him. when I fall, I shall arise—(Ps 37:24; Pr 24:16). Tweet. Micah 6:8(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. By : David Guzik. (b) Debarim Rabba, parash. 8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy! 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. For we who have sinned more, have gained more; for Thy grace maketh more blessed than our own innocence.”. 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 … 3. to the days of the Messiah. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy - The prophet still more makes himself one with the people, not only as looking for God, but in penitence, as Daniel bewails “his own sins and the sins of his people” Daniel 9:10. Israel addresses Babylon, her triumphant foe (or Edom), as a female: the type of her last and worst foes (Psalms 137:7-8). We want nothing but the history of our heart to explain this. We do not need … Continue reading "Commentary on Micah 6:1-8" The time shall come when the Church shall similarly say to him, "O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end" (Psalms 9:6 ). (Micah 7:7-8). In our greatest distresses, we shall see no … We hence see that our hope triumphs against all temptations: and this passage shows in a striking manner, how true is that saying of John, — that our faith gains the victory over the world, (1 John 5:4.) We have not understood the greatness of our God until we have experienced the depth of His compassion. 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." Over and above the conflicts arising from his own evil heart, and the temptations of a godless world, the saint has in Satan a sworn foe. Daniel 9:3-19. "Israel addresses Babylon, her triumphant foe. I. But these arose again from their fall, while those jesters at holiness continued in the gall of bitterness and bonds of inward corruption. II. Now, from what the Prophet says, Though I fall, I shall rise again, we see what God would have us to expect, even a happy and joyful exit at all times from our miseries; but on this subject I shall have to speak more copiously a little farther on. 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. God had answered what He would give to His own people to see. 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 . He told them not to rejoice, because though he fell, God would raise him up. 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. Micah takes up the word and says what effect this sight should have upon the enemies of God and of His people. Wiseman - Whereas light in Micah 7:8 spoke of God as the present source of salvation, in Micah 7:9 it speaks of his future act of salvation. 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. — Ed. "Mine enemy," in Hebrew, is feminine. , or "have fallen"; into outward afflictions and distresses, which come not by chance, but by divine appointment; or into the temptations of Satan, and by them, which sometimes is suffered for wise and purposes; or into sin, which even a good man, a truly righteous man, is frequently left unto; but then he does not fall from real goodness, from true grace, nor from his justifying righteousness, which is everlasting, and connected with eternal life: he may fall from a lively exercise of grace, from steadfastness in the faith, and a profession of it; but not from the principle of grace, nor a state of grace; or from the love and favour of God: he may fall, but not totally or finally, or so as to perish everlastingly; nor is he utterly cast down, the Lord upholds him, and raises him up again; he rises, as the church here believes she should, out of his present state and condition, into a more comfortable one; not in his own strength, but in the strength of the Lord, under a sense of sin, by the exercise of true repentance for it, and by faith in Christ, and in a view of pardoning grace and mercy; see Psalm 37:24; when I sit in darkness; or "though"F1כי אשב "quamvis sedero", Drusius; "quamvis sedeam", Burkius. The historical situation of this text is not entirely clear. We now then understand the design of the Prophet, — that he wished to arm us, as I have said, against the taunts of the ungodly, lest they should prevail against us when God presses us down with adversities, but that we may stand courageously, and with composed and tranquil minds, swallow down the indignity. 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. 3 Micah 7:7-9 shows the path away from evil. 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. 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. — How so? when I fall: i.e. 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. His power is seen in His ability to deal so gently with the objects of His anger. At the moment of conversion, the soul enters upon a conflict which continues until his dying day. 7:8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. When Micah refers to a “man’s household” he is talking about the evil loves that live in our own will. “God is not only our light”, as (Lap.) This is the reason why the Prophet directs his discourse now to the enemies of the Church. His love is more powerful than His might. (a) "quamvis sedero", Drusius; "quamvis sedeam", Burkius. We are so joyful that I wish you part of my joy. I. Though I shall sit in darkness, Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. We must not only look to him, but look for him. Micah 5:7-8 supports this "Messianic" interpretation, for these passages describe a time when the remnant of Israel is compared to a lion among sheep (Gentile nations). Whence does the fallen Christian obtain his comfort, if it be not in ignoring the past? I. No one has drawn close to God except the one who has cried over God’s compassion on Him. When I fall, I shall arise - (Psalms 37:24; Proverbs 24:16). They are mentioned together in Psalms 137 : “Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom.” . Share 4. ”. For when sorrow and trouble take possession of our hearts, we shall not fail if this comes to our mind — that God will be our aid in the time of need. Quick Navigation. When Micah"s enemies saw him experience some discouraging situation, they rejoiced. “O Babylon, that art to be destroyed.” The fall of those cities should be final, but Jerusalem would rise again. 245. This passage is applied by the JewsF2Debarim Rabba, parash. 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. … 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). ), Light after darkness. Israel addresses Babylon, her triumphant foe (or Edom), as a female; the type of her last and worst foes (Psalm 137:7, Psalm 137:8). The Targum is. Still more when, at the close of the captivity, they were delivered from sorrow, trouble, bondage, death, to joy, rest, freedom, life. God’s true saints shall be raised from the ground, however hard their fall. In darkness — When affliction, war, famine, and captivity cover me. Micah is called the Morasthite. But yet some think that more is expressed, namely, that in the very darkness some spark of light would still shine. He rejoices in the thought of restoration. Micah 6:10 An ephah was a dry measure. Pin. Ne laeteris de me. “Mine enemy,” in Hebrew, is feminine. Lamentations 3:6), the Lord would be a light to him and illuminate the right path for him to take. (A. G. 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. It was the crofter trouble of those old times which in part caused Micah to speak burning words. 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. He calls Himself, “The light of Israel” Isaiah 10:17. (W. G. Rejoice not over me, he says, O my enemy Why not? There is an invisible hand of omnipotence that strikes in for his own, and confounds their opposites. 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. Again the Assyrian is thought by … I have been continually examining Micah chapter seven, particularly Micah 7:8-9. The “sitting in darkness” is the occasion of the light, in that the soul or the people in sorrow turns to Him who is their light. 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! 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 7:8. 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. 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. The rejoicing foe. 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. For assure thyself, The right hand of the Lord will change all this, and, “ Flebile principium melior fortuna sequetur. By ואני what follows is attached adversatively to the preceding words. 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. What does this verse really mean? 3. The Devil, or murderer. The bugle that calls him to peace with God, calls him also to battle. into calamity; not into sin. Micah also, with great sadness, challenged Israel to turn from their sinful ways, warning of the serious consequences of failing to do so. The sources of this conflict of thought and feeling are threefold,--the world, the devil, and death. When I (the prophet intends the good, the few righteous ones among those degenerate multitudes) sit in darkness, when affliction, war, famine, and captivity, as a dismal cloud, shall cover us, and benight the daughter of light, when fallen as low as a captive. 4 Shares. In our text there is no attempt to deny the fact of the fall, or excuse its guilt. Latest Blog Posts. "restoring us" outwardly "to gladness, freedom, happiness, whereof light is a symbol, as darkness is of sorrow, captivity, adversity, death." This passage is applied by the Jews (b) to the days of the Messiah. Israel reasons as her divine representative, Messiah, reasoned by faith, in His hour of darkness and desertion (Isaiah 50:7-8; Isaiah 50:10). ), "Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, Jehovah will be a light unto me.". In order to form some idea of the foe we have to fight, look at the names given to him in Scripture. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us in due time. The "sitting in darkness" is the occasion of the light, in that the soul or the people in sorrow turns to Him who is their light. Thisword means that he was an inhabitan… At the moment of conversion, the soul enters upon a conflict which continues until his dying day. Brown.). The cities of Babylon and Edom are probably intended. when Assyria was the reigning superpower. 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.'" 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? Study the bible online using commentary on Micah 7 and more! The future is his reservoir of gladness. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us in … There are no copies which give a different reading as to the verb “I have risen.” Newcome follows the Septuagint, and thinks that a conversive ו is left out. 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. This voice of the Lord says to all, Hear the rod when it is coming, before you see it, and feel it. Contrast Amos 7:8… The bugle that calls him to peace with God, calls him also to battle. 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. 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. 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.”. This prophecy clearly has never been fulfilled. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me. The rejoicing foe rebuked. 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. (8) O mine enemy.—The Hebrew word is strictly a female enemy (see Micah 7:10), and is used of enemies collectively. He calls Himself, "The light of Israel" Isaiah 10:17.