micah 7:19 meaning

He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us] Here is the pith and power of faith, particularly applying promises to a man’s self. He will turn again, and have compassion upon us. 3. Sin is sturdy, and will rebel where it cannot reign. And this perfectly harmonises with the perfections of His nature. He will, he will, and that to us, saith the prophet here. (W. L. The New Testament parallel, as Hengstenberg has correctly observed, is Romans 11:33-36; and the μυστήριον made known by the apostle in Romans 11:25. gives us a view of the object and end of the ways of the Lord with His people. Micah in the first case identifying himself and his sins with his people and their sins; in the second, speaking of them and their sins. 1. He has seen it once. (Edmund Lilley, M. The Soil lifted the sin up on His shoulders, and He walked away with it. (t) Meaning his elect. And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea, God putting away the iniquity of His people, The mercies and promises of the Old Testament were but the outline of the glory thereafter to be revealed. How to Forgive When It Seems Impossible . Ayin is a "substantive meaning "nothingness “He will subdue our iniquities,” etc. 7. Vid. 2nd, In these calamitous times the prophet looks upward; thence cometh his hope. With wonder, love, and praise, the prophet beholds what God is about to do for his church. He will Turn Again, He will have Compassion on Us ), The gist of the two verses is in the sentence, “And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” However unlike to each other we may be, we all have need of pardon. Forgiveness. It is also said, He will cast our sins into the depth of the sea. Even in the midst of strong warnings to Judah, Micah includes the hope that God will relent on the promised judgment if they will turn from evil. cast … into … depths of the sea — never to rise again to view, buried out of sight in eternal oblivion: not merely at the shore side, where they may rise again. Scripture, and described as a vile usurper and destructive tyrant, reigning in the hearts and lives of the disobedient. In that day also he shall come even to thee, multitudes of the Jews returning to Jerusalem from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, where they had been captives, and from all places whither they had been dispersed and fled for shelter. III. Micah may have had the drowning of the Egyptian host in his mind when he penned this passage. It is crime, and crime must ever expose to punishment. 7:20 Thou wilt perform the u truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. 39. McKeating stressed its importance thus: Therefore, instead of reading the alternate passages of doom and blessing as the blundering result of some "editor's" rearranging of the text of this prophecy, may men read the one as applicable to the disobedient, and the other as glorious encouragement for the "righteous remnant." So Iphigenia is made to say (z) that the sea washes away all the sins of men. He was singular and solitary, and scarcely could find a gracious companion amid the thousands of his countrymen; so few good men remained, as the berries which hung on the vine after the gleanings. 1. “Pity,” רטחם, is tender compassion; the noun in the plural number is used to designate the bowels. Never dream of managing your sins yourself. The particular turn of the language of the text appears to be taken from the destruction of the hosts of Egypt in the Red Sea. 15:11, "who is like Thee" and Micah 7:18, "who is like Thee" 7. enemies cast into the sea, Exod. turn again — to us, from having been turned away from us. subdue our iniquities — literally, “tread under foot,” as being hostile and deadly to us. I. .'. 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”. 1. , "a sin offering, whose owner is dead, goes into the salt sea.'. He would subdue their iniquities as though they were insects that He stepped on and obliterated. We hence learn what I have said before — that God cannot be worshipped sincerely and from the heart until this conviction be fixed and deeply rooted in our hearts, that God is merciful, not in general, but toward us, because we have been once adopted by him and are his heritage. (y) Oratio 2. pro Sexto Roscio. 66:13). "You will subdue our iniquities; and will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." Say that sin hath separated between us and our God, Isaiah 59:2, and made him send us far away into captivity; yet he will turn again and yearn toward us, he will turn again our captivity as the streams in the south. You will cast out all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). Sotah, fol. In the text God’s pardon is described by four words--. Cast into sea. As to the ocean, it knows nothing about it. Since then God loves mercy, he will return, he will have mercy on us The context here ought to be observed by us; for it would avail us but little to understand, I know not what, concerning God’s mercy, and to preach in general the free remission of sins, except we come to the application, that is, except each of the faithful believed that God, for his own sake, is merciful, as soon as he is called upon. He will turn again - to us, from having been turned away from us. 1. 2. With this lofty praise of the Lord, Micah closes not only the last words, but his whole book. Bruce Waltke adds, "Moses' song looked back upon the Lord's victory, Micah's song looks forward in faith to an even great wonder" (p. 203). This is an apostrophe of the prophet unto God. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. In the day that thy walls are to be built, the walls of Jerusalem, after their return from Babylon; in that day shall the decree be far removed, which obstructed the building for a while. See the comprehensive completeness of the conquest. and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea, He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us, And thou wilt cast all their sins into the bottom of the sea. Micah 7:19. III. This the Church knows, and therefore cries after him, "Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart," Song of Solomon 8:14, which when it fleeth looketh behind it, saith the Chaldee paraphrast there. The Book of Micah is the sixth of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible. 19. A. Micah 7:18 = Because God delights in showing mercy. Amen! The use of three words for sin in Micah 7:18-19 (iniquity, rebellious Acts, and sins) gives added assurance of forgiveness. Demai, fol. (J. Their insulting foes shall then be confounded, silent with shame, and stopping their ears, as unwilling to hear the wonders of God's love towards his faithful ones. He will subdue our iniquities: — And thou wilt cast all their sins, &c.— Houbigant very properly joins the preceding clauses in this verse to the 18th, because the words pass into the second person, which continues to be used in the 20th verse. Compare Jeremiah 50:20, "In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none: and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found; for I will pardon them whom I reserve." (Calmet). The language of the Prophet does however import this, that our sins are then remitted when the records of them are blotted out before God. He freely and graciously pardons and saves the truly penitent, for the glory of His name, through the merits of the Redeemer. The subjugation of the power of sin. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. He will turn again; spoken after the manner of man, who in his anger went away resolved to right himself, but on second thoughts, laying aside his anger, turns again to be reconciled and forgive. See the Annotations for another interpretation of this passage. Protestants, "subdue," (Haydock) or trample upon. The glory of God is His ability and willingness to forgive. The new figure substantially repeats the sense of the other; yet it advances further, and is more vividly full of the gracious truth upon this subject. “Not I, but the grace of God, which was with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10. God only is perfect in the art of pardoning. rehem) on the Israelites, as He had done so often in their history (cf. Sin must ever be regarded as hostile to man. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!" When God has put our sins into forgetfulness we ought ourselves no more to remember them. “Subdue,” or trample under foot, is rendered “cover” by Newcome, on the ground of this being the meaning of כבש in Chaldee. His compassions are more than fatherly, Psalms 103:13; motherly, Isaiah 49:15; brotherly, Hebrews 2:12. 1. God does not just pardon our sins; He tramples them down. He will turn again and have compassion on us; he will subdue our iniquities and cast all his sins into the depths of the sea. II. Mark 4:30. So the next words explain these. In a long play on words, Micah warned a number of cities that calamity was coming their way. meaning that 's an unfriendly friend. As the Lord then literally subdued Pharaoh and His host, so He will spiritually “subdue the iniquities” of His faithful servants, and by His pardoning mercy “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” The prophet evidently anticipates--. “We have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin” Romans 3:9; “the Scripture hath concluded all under sin” Galatians 3:22. Our sins are here represented as our enemies; God subdues them; and then in the next line the simile is continued, they are to be drowned like Pharaoh and his hosts in the depths of the sea. What does God plan to show us? What happens to our sins when forgiven? 3. He retains not forever his anger; You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea". When sinners return unto God with penitent and believing hearts, He graciously forgives their transgressions, and heals their backslidings. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; though cast down, God's believing people were not destroyed from the face of the earth; and short would be the triumphing of their enemies; when I fall, I shall arise, strengthened with divine power; when I sit in darkness, disconsolate, dejected, the Lord shall be a light unto me, reviving, comforting, and quickening me, and bringing me out of all my afflictions; and thus at all times ought believers to stay themselves upon him. Holy Scripture says emphatically of man under the law, that he was sold under sin Romans 7:14, a slave under a hard master, oppressed, weighed down, and unable to throw off the bondage. This then is the true logic of religion, that is, when we are persuaded that God is reconcilable and easily pacified, because he is by nature inclined to mercy, and also, when we thus apply this doctrine to ourselves, or to our own peculiar benefit, — As God is by nature merciful, I shall therefore know and find him to be so. Micah 7:5-6. Mayest Thou show truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old." Christ not only conquers all the bad legions that had mustered around us during bygone years, but He tramples down the up-springing legions as they venture to arise,--thinning their ranks and enfeebling their energy, and impoverishing their condition, with the sure prospect for us that soon the hour will have struck when He can look back upon nothing but conquest, and forward upon nothing to conquer. And then were the greater part to fall away, we should not fail in our faith; for God preserves the remnant in a wonderful manner. God will forgive all types of Israel"s sins. And Thou wilt cast - - Not, some (“for it is impious to look for a half-pardon from God”) but - “all their sins into the depths of the sea”, so that as in the passage of the Red Sea there was not one Egyptian left of those who pursued His people, so neither shall there be one sin, which, through Baptism and on Repentance, shall not through His free mercy be pardoned. In human pardon there is nothing remarkable save this, that it is often remarkably slow in coming, and as remarkably ungracious when it does come; and that when it is born it is remarkably short lived. The casting of sins into the sea indicated that they would be put completely out of God's sight, "as far as the east is from the west" (Psalms 103:12), and remembered no more forever (Jeremiah 31:34), and "blotted out" (Acts 3:19). Keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth. I am like one who gathers summer fruit. Pardon. The prophet’s apostrophe to Jehovah in the last verses, both in the clearness of its views and the fulness of its statements, is one well suited to the Christian. The words are two clauses of promise, each with its own shade of figurative meaning--a strong shade, and a stronger. The word “pardoneth” in the Hebrew means “to lift up and carry away.” Do not run away with the idea that pardoning is only a matter of uttering a word. (Homilist. And hence it appears very clear from this passage, that the Papacy is a horrible abyss; for no one under that system can have a firm footing, so as to be fully persuaded that God will be merciful to him; for all that they have are mere conjectures. 25. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to Micah 7:19. Spoken after the manner of man, who in his anger went away, resolved to right himself, but on second thoughts, laying aside his anger, turns again to be reconciled and forgive. 15:1,4-5 and Micah 7:19. (w) Ibid. See Matthew 8:26 cf. , to aggravate the wickedness of a very wicked man, observes, that the ocean itself could not wash away his sins. 1. Micah 7:19. When God forgives He does it in a style worthy of Himself. He would bestow, “of sin the double cure, Save us from its guilt and power”. Under the Gospel, God, he says, would subdue sin “under us,” and make it, as it were, our “footstool.” It is a Gospel before the Gospel. “He will turn,” etc. 39. ibid. Micah 7:19 NKJV - He will again have compassion on us, - Bible Gateway He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. He will have compassion upon us again, tread down our transgressions; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. In human governments it is exercised with most cautious limitations. 2) The fulfillment of His oath to Abraham and Jacob long ago. And Thou wilt cast - - Not, some ( "for it is impious to look for a half-pardon from God") but - "all their sins into the depths of the sea", so that as in the passage of the Red Sea there was not one Egyptian left of those who pursued His people, so neither shall there be one sin, which, through Baptism and on Repentance, shall not through His free mercy be pardoned. When God pardons a man’s sins He takes the sins, and drops them into the deepest place He can find, and there they lie, forever forgiven, forever forgotten. It is full of majestic music. These blessings are propitious in their medium. ), "He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the sea. How gracious, then, is the promise, how sweet the favor, that the Lord has promised to subdue our iniquities by the same grace as that whereby he pardons them; that, as we receive the blood of Christ to sprinkle the conscience, so we receive the grace of Christ to sanctify and renew the soul, and the strength of Christ to overcome all our inward and outward foes. And this is a further favour (as every former is a pledge of a future). This slip, this fall, this backsliding, this foolish word, this wrong action, are all testifying against you in the court of conscience. Mayest Thou show truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old." The prophet's prayer on the behalf of his people, Feed thy people with thy rod, directing them in their way, and bringing them into green pastures; the flock of thine heritage, whom he had as a nation called to be a peculiar people; which dwell solitarily in the wood, separated from the rest of mankind, to preserve the worship of Jehovah, the one true and only God; and even in their captivity unmixed with the nations; in the midst of Carmel, scattered in Assyria, as sheep upon a mountain without a shepherd: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old, in the richest pastures, abounding in all blessings spiritual and temporal; as will be the case when they shall be gathered from their dispersion into the gospel-church, and made one fold with the Gentiles under one shepherd. “But,” it may be asked, “is it not an arduous and a daring task for any one to undertake for me?” It is so much this, and so much more this than you can think, that only the One need attempt to undertake it. There is no cluster to eat, no society of upright men to join with; my soul desired the first ripe fruit, longed for the converse of such as had the first fruits of the Spirit, as the holy men of old; but there were none remaining. 1. As they, which “sank as lead in the mighty waters” Exodus 15:10, never again rose, so shall the sins, unless revived by us, not rise against us to condemnation, but shall in the Day of Judgment be sunk in the abyss of hell, as if they had never been. This is an apostrophe of the prophet unto God. Psalm 102:13; Psalm 103:4; Psalm 103:13; Psalm 116:5; Psalm 119:156; Hosea 14:4; Zechariah 10:6). ", "You will subdue our iniquities; and will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Paul goes on to emphasize two attributes of God, namely, God’s mercy/compassion (read Ps. Note; Nothing shews an abandoned heart more strongly than contempt of parental authority. In the Old Testament, the sacrificial system was put in place to show the seriousness of our sin. Micah 7:19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. A thing is most safely gone, not when it is banished we know not whither, but when, knowing where it is, we are sure that it is absolutely irrecoverable. The possibility of pardon and holiness. It is very common in Jewish writings to say of anything that is useless, abominable, accursed, and utterly rejected, that it is to be east into the salt sea. But we see that the Prophet reasons very differently, God loves mercy; he will therefore have mercy on us: and then he adds, He will return; (202) and this is said lest the temporary wrath or severity of God should disquiet us. It hath a strong heart, and will not easily yield. Notwithstanding, the land shall be desolate, because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings, these gracious prophesies shall not supersede the divine threatenings going before, so as to embolden the impenitent with hopes of impunity. 3. to grow upon God, and, as I may so say, to encroach; as Moses did, Exodus 33:12-13; Exodus 34:10; and as David did, 1 Chronicles 17:23, &c. See how he improves God’s promise, and works upon it, 1 Chronicles 17:24-25, he goes over it again, and yet still encroacheth; and the effect was good, 1 Chronicles 18:14. “He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us.” The prophet attributes the pardon and destruction of sin to the Lord Jehovah. Real Hope: Forgiveness Changes. They once tauntingly asked, Where is the Lord thy God? Micah 7:19 proclaims that God has taken measures to trample down sin, and hurl it into the sea. Micah in the first case identifying himself and his sins with his people and their sins; in the second, speaking of them and their sins. We have no natural right or claim to the Divine mercies, and can only receive them by way of sovereign favour, “through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” For this purpose He assumed our nature, died for our sins, and ever lives to intercede for sinners. He buries them in the sea. You may safely entrust the great task to Him. Subdue. Q. His grace shall overcome our depravity, and sin shall not have any longer the dominion over us: which a soul that has tasted the bitterness of sin looks upon as the most inestimable blessing: and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea; they shall be not only forgiven, but, as it were, forgotten; totally done away in the blood of a Redeemer. Come short of the sea. 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