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. II. "Sin shall not have dominion over you." “Pardoneth iniquity.” While in everything God is incomparable, He is most unrivalled in the “matter of forgiving. No, it has been running down a good many years and carried a world of impurity with it, but when you go to the Atlantic there is not a speck on it. Professes his confidence in God. The very sound of the words suggests that it is no easy enterprise, this managing of our sins. “Pity,” רטחם, is tender compassion; the noun in the plural number is used to designate the bowels. Ayin is a "substantive meaning "nothingness We are apt to think lightly of sins. God would pardon; and He, not we, would subdue sin to us. at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave. Cast into sea. The mercies and promises of the Old Testament were but the outline of the glory thereafter to be revealed. A. Kerr Bain, M. our … their—change of person. Sorrow for Israel’s Sins - Woe is me! For example, to Beth-le-aphrah (meaning “house of dust”), Micah warned that they ought to roll in the dust out of distress. You may safely entrust the great task to Him. ), "He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the sea. Though God then may not immediately shine on us with his favor, but, on the contrary, treat us sharply and roughly, yet the Prophet teaches us that we are to entertain good hope. The use of three words for sin in Micah 7:18-19 (iniquity, rebellious Acts, and sins) gives added assurance of forgiveness. 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”. Hence it is not only necessary that the guilt of sin be mercifully cancelled, but that its power be effectually subdued. Mayest Thou show truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old." When we “we confess our sins, [God] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” . (Eta, in “Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons. rehem) on the Israelites, as He had done so often in their history (cf. ((x) "Suscipit, O Gelli, quantum non ultima Thetis, Nec genitor lympharum abluit Oceanus". He will be a light in our “darkness”. 1. Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, Ostensibly, it records the sayings of Micah, whose name is Mikayahu (Hebrew: מִיכָיָ֫הוּ ‎), meaning "Who is like Yahweh? The ASV should be followed here. Hitherto, sinful passions had not rebelled only, but had had the mastery over us. 3. Do what you may, be where you may, live how you may, watch and pray how you may, keep silent and separate from the world or even from your own family how you may, sin still moves, lives, Acts, works, and often brings you into guilt and bondage. Micah 7:19, NLT: "Once again you will have compassion on us. The Prophet now prescribes to the faithful a form of glorying, that they may boldly declare that God will be pacified towards them. 25. According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt, will I shew unto him marvellous things; as wonderful should be their deliverance from Babylon, as from Egypt; and more amazing his work of redemption by Jesus Christ, rescuing his believing people from their spiritual enemies, and eclipsing all the former manifestations of his power and grace exerted on their behalf. Micah 7:20. 2. He would do away with their sins as surely as someone gets rid of something permanently by throwing it into the sea (cf. Without subjugation of our bad propensities, even pardon could not give us peace. REFLECTIONS.—1st, The prophet here bewails his unhappy fate, compelled to dwell among such an abandoned people; for a gracious heart is pained to behold the overflowings of ungodliness. And so low shall every enemy of Christ's church and people be brought at last. Which thou swarest to our fathers in the days of old. and now are they answered, Lo! “Subdue,” or trample under foot, is rendered “cover” by Newcome, on the ground of this being the meaning of כבש in Chaldee. There is a dignity about His forgiveness; it is a positive luxury to be forgiven by Him. He will have compassion upon us; with tender bowels he will show himself gracious to us, Jonah 3:9. Micah admits his own weakness and admits that only the Lord’s power can "bring him forth to the light". 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. When God forgives He does it in a style worthy of Himself. Here He stands, at your side and mine. An antecedent liability to punishment. All the terms imply something wrong, and the wrong is moral. Micah 7:19 KJV 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. The Divine One as effecting the destruction and oblivion of human sins. Meaning Don 't trust the man watching you nor his gun nor dogs to protect you. The good man is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men, at least the prophet could not find them; but, like Elijah, thought he was left alone. God does not just pardon our sins; He tramples them down. When God takes all our iniquities with his own hand, and casts them with his own arm into the depths of the sea, they will never come out of those depths to witness against the family of God in the great and terrible day. III. 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. 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. “He will subdue our iniquities,” etc. But, in this place, it would be better to give it its proper meaning; for as God is said to depart from his people, Hosea 9:12, so he may be said also to return. These last two verses are in no sense "a doxology." Sin subdued is the next greatest blessing to sin pardoned; and wherever God pardons sin, he subdues sin; for the same grace which saves sanctifies; the same grace which casts sin behind God"s back, puts its foot upon the corruptions of the believer, and prevents iniquity from having dominion over him. Some who have entrusted themselves to God’s grace are still timid and doubtful as to whether it can really be all, and once for all, and irrecoverably, settled about those sins of theirs. 3. Yahweh would again have compassion (tender, heartfelt concern, Heb. ", "You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. To have his unbelief, infidelity, worldly-mindedness, pride, and covetousness subdued by the grace of God, its power taken out of it, its dominion dethroned, its authority destroyed, and its strength weakened and diminished, that he may not be under the dominion of any lust, or carried away by the strength of any secret or open sin, but may walk before God in the light of his countenance, as desirous to know his will and do it—this is the desire and breathing of every one that knows sin in its guilt, filth, and power. Against the remnant of his heritage 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. Ver. He will then tread down our iniquities; and he will cast (203) into the depth of the sea all their sins; that is our sins shall not come in remembrance before him. Without subjugation of our bad propensities, even pardon could not give us peace. This great question finds in the text a still greater answer. (Homilist. 1. He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. 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. Mark 4:30. Avoda Zara, fol. When God buries our sin He takes it right out into the mid-ocean of Divine pardon and Divine forgetfulness, and it is forever forgotten. “Our iniquities.” “Our sins,”--is it possible for us to be quite rid of these? It is also said, He will cast our sins into the depth of the sea. God only is perfect in the art of pardoning. He will subdue our iniquities: — 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. Then let the sea remind you how noble is the gift of spiritual health; how all-important that the moral disease of evil should be washed away, and your sins through mercy cast into the depths of the sea--that ocean of heavenly grace and love which shall hide them forever from merited condemnation! Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea." KJV: King James Version Into the depths of the sea; whence ordinarily we account things can never rise or be found more. Have you ever tried to trample on your own iniquities? He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Not (0369)(אַיִן - ayin) means nothing, none, naught, i.e., a negative reference to an entity, event, or state. 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. “Not I, but the grace of God, which was with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10. 3. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. Demai, fol. The whole is a beautiful prediction of gospel grace and mercy. As “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” we must certainly either be pardoned or punished. This sin is crying out for vengeance, and that for punishment. 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all t their sins into the depths of the sea. And CiceroF25Oratio 2. pro Sexto Roscio. 6. same rhetorical question, Exod. meaning that 's an unfriendly friend. 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. The Scripture is very plain and express upon this point. [29] Before concluding this study of Micah, we again call attention to the "remnant" concept which appears on every page of it. 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. You watch the inky stream as it pours along day and night, and you think it will pollute the world. II. The promise that he would "bless all the families of the earth" in Abraham is now being fulfilled in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. His compassions are more than fatherly, Psalms 103:13; motherly, Isaiah 49:15; brotherly, Hebrews 2:12. 1. It is crime, and crime must ever expose to punishment. None can be found like him for the perfections of his nature, and the works of his providence and grace; especially that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage; this being God's distinguishing glory, that he is a pardoning God; and this above all things raises the admiration, and engages the affections of the miserable, broken-hearted sinner: he retaineth not his anger for ever; though for a time, by our unfaithfulness, we provoke him to visit our iniquities with the rod, and our sin with scourges, he is not implacable nor inexorable, if we look to him in true contrition; but ready to receive the returning soul, because he delighteth in mercy, and waits to be gracious; more ready to pardon than we to pray, and willing to give exceeding abundantly beyond all that we can ask or think. We are not only guilty, but depraved. Our ... their - change of person. 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. When God takes away the guilt of sin that it may not condemn us, He takes away also the power of sin that it may not rule us. And Cicero (y), speaking of the law of the Romans for the punishment of parricides, which ordered that they should be sewed up alive in sacks, and cast into the river, observes the wisdom and propriety of it; they would not, says he, have them cast naked into the river, lest, when they should be carried into the sea, they should pollute that by which other things that are defiled are thought to be expiated. Their enemies, covered with confusion, shall behold this salvation, so unlike what they looked for. He will subdue our iniquities - literally, tread under foot, as being hostile and deadly to us. The best of them, and bad indeed is that best, is as a brier, mischievous and hurtful; and the most upright is sharper than a thorn-hedge; they who have any transactions with them are sure to be scratched and torn; and for such abominations God will visit them; the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh, the day which the true prophets predicted, and the time when judgment should pass on the wicked watchmen in church and state; now shall be their perplexity, unable to extricate themselves from the troubles in which they were involved. The latter portion of this chapter abounds with assurances of Jerusalem’s restoration, involving in it the confusion and degradation of its enemies. With this lofty praise of the Lord, Micah closes not only the last words, but his whole book. (u) T. Hieros. 3. Avoda Zara, fol. Give your welcome, then, to Him who conquers this haunting throng on your behalf. God's Promises For The Hungry Heart, Twelve. Sin must ever be regarded as hostile to man. 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. Drusius reads, convertetur, scil. This wholly destroys the striking character of the passage. Hieros. "Compassion upon us ..." This is a promise of forgiveness to the righteous remnant, to all that are "in Christ Jesus." 7:17 "They will lick the dust like a serpent, Yea, thou wilt cast into the depths of the sea all their sins; With so much of injury and destructiveness connected with the sea, there is also bound up much of benefit; benefit especially to suffering humanity, in the multiform maladies which embitter our existence. 19. Trust ye not in a friend. Demai, fol. And this is a further favour (as every former is a pledge of a future). He will never take back the pardon He has once bestowed. He does not see it on me, because He saw it on Him. The forgiven man is delivered from punishment. Because of this moral wrong there must be a liability to punishment. Omnipotence alone is equal to this glorious’ achievement. ”). 4. Catullus. 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 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. If, then, God may be said in a metaphor to cast sin into the sea, may we not literally say the same of the suffering? He will turn again - who seemed to be turned away from us when we were turned away from Him. 2. And for this, for ever and for ever praise the Lord, O my soul! ", "You will subdue our iniquities; and will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19 proclaims that God has taken measures to trample down sin, and hurl it into the sea. — How so? Micah 7:19. Meaning Learn how to shutup at … In human governments it is exercised with most cautious limitations. 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. Such is the nature of true faith, sc. The possibility of pardon and holiness. These blessings are gracious in their bestowment. Sin is sturdy, and will rebel where it cannot reign. Your sins now may seem to be all alive in your breast, and every one of them to bring accusation upon accusation against you. 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. Thou wilt cast: here is a hypallage of the person from the third to the second person, yet without any lessening the sense in strength or clearness. Micah 7:1-20. “He will turn,” etc. It is not a prayer for God to do the glorious things mentioned, but a promise that "HE WILL DO THEM." Bible Gateway Recommends. Unto Jesus Christ our Lord be the glory, and the power, and the dominion forever and ever. The Messianic age is clearly identified here as the time when those precious promises would indeed be fully and completely realized. “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. 2 The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. ), 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. "You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." We underestimate the terrible capacity of wrong and death which lurks in them, and in each one of them. “There is no ground,” he says, “for rejecting the radical idea of trampling under foot as enemies. He will turn again - to us, from having been turned away from us. III. God provides that His act of grace shall never be repealed. Micah 7:19. This is an apostrophe of the prophet unto God. 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." Israel’s Misery. This is not the language of enthusiastic presumption, but of inspired and rational assurance; it is founded on--. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham; the faithfulness of God is engaged to every faithful soul for the fulfilment of the covenant, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible that God should lie, we might have strong consolation who have fled for refuge, to lay hold of the hope set before us. 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. Q. We cannot receive them on the ground of personal worthiness or human merit. So Iphigenia is made to sayF26Euripides in Tauro. 1 What misery is mine! turn again — to us, from having been turned away from us. 2. By force and violence (as the word signifieth), subiugabit, pessundabit, conculcabit. He remembers them no more. 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. He retains not forever his anger; (J. As Israel's foe, Babylon-both the literal and the spiritual Babylon-shall sink to rise no more: like the stone cast by Seraiah into the Euphrates (in Jeremiah 51:61-64), and like "the great millstone" cast by the angel into the sea (in Revelation 18:21), so Israel's sins shall be "cast into the depths," never to rise against her. The necessity of repentance and faith. An actual deliverance from all liability to punitive suffering. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea". Passeth by. These blessings are propitious in their medium. God deals with sin as if He did not see it. The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. I will bear the indignation of the Lord with patient submission, because I have sinned against him, and therefore should not dare to murmur against God's righteous judgments; for all true penitents lay their mouths in the dust; whatever indignation is upon them, their sins have deserved it, and they will justify God in his judgments; and, so doing, they may hope for God's appearing on their behalf; until he plead my cause, as he assuredly will for all such in due time; and execute judgment for me, pouring down vengeance on all the oppressors of his people; and he will bring me forth to the light, espouse their quarrel; and, rescuing them from their calamities, make his favour towards them openly appear; and I shall behold his righteousness; his justice in punishing their wicked enemies, his grace in succouring his afflicted people, his faithfulness in accomplishing his promises; for they who humbly submit themselves to God, and cast their care upon him, shall ever find that he careth for them. 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