6 "I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles,1
7 To open the blind eyes, to deliver the prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness imprisoned.2 [Until crucified, all men are imprisoned by darkness, with their spiritual eyes blind, stumbling through life like blind men groping the wall.]
16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and to those who sat in the land and shadow of death, Light has dawned."1 [Jesus, the light who enlightens every man who comes into the world, is given to every man so that he might believe the truth; so a man might believe the truth of what the light shows and tells him about his evil behavior. Jesus is the light of the world, who if man follows, (believes what he is told), will have the light of life, and will be reconciled and restored to God, who is light, to become children of the light. All men sit in darkness and walk in darkness until their hearts have been purged from the evil that defiles them.]
78 Through the tender mercy of our God, by which the Dayspring [the morning star, Jesus Christ] from on high will break upon us, [From the Word of the Lord within: "First the light arises, then the kingdom. The arising of the light will be unmistakable; it is an ego-shattering experience. Light comes from faith in the voice."]
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.5" [All men sit in darkness and walk in darkness until their hearts have been purged from the evil that defiles them. From the Word of the Lord within: "All sin is darkness. The whole world lies in wickedness; the wickedness knows no shame. Darkness mocks the earth; darkness covers the earth. I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life. I will come again to the elect; I will be their crown to lead and guide them."]
6 Attend to my cry for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors for they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name;1 the righteous shall yet surround me for you shall deal bountifully with me." [David was never in prison; David is referring to the prison of darkness: the absence of light to guide him, walking in the light, with perfect words to speak and perfect deeds to do.]
|Micah 7:8 |
8 Do not rejoice against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.