Micah 2:9 KJV
The women (or: wifes) of my people
have ye cast out from their pleasant houses;
from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
In other words:
You rob the women among my people too. You take away their happy homes. You take away what I want their children to enjoy.
The women of my people
That is, the widows of the men slain by you (Micah 2:2) ye cast out from their homes which had been their delight, and seize them for yourselves.
From their children
That is, from the orphans of the widows.
Taken away my glory
Namely, their substance and raiment, which, being the fruit of God’s blessing on the young, reflected God’s glory.
Thus Israel’s crime was not merely robbery, but sacrilege.
Their sex did not save the women, nor their age the children from violence.
There was no repentance. They persevered in sin.
The pledged garment was to be restored to the poor before sunset (Exodus 22:26, 27); but these never restored what they had unlawfully taken.
Once again, angry words come from Micah’s mouth to the wealthy.
They pull field to field and house to house (Micah 2:2) and they do not hesitate to drive even defenseless widows out of their houses. But what is even worse: they also offend the children: “From their little children you take My glory forever …”!
What is meant with “My glory”?
Micaiah here has in mind the covenant sign by which Israel’s children are separated from the Gentiles. This sign, this glory is taken from them.
How? Well, the rich exploiters sell them into slavery to the gentiles. As a result, these children are completely alienated from God and His service, and are no longer brought up to God’s honor.
A lesson for us as the elderly.
We too can be guilty of the loss of jewelery in our children.
▪︎ By being unfaithful in education.
▪︎ By not standing firm when modern paganism takes a hold on them.
▪︎ By not leading them to the Christ and leading them into His service.
The right heart of the parent prays daily: “I put the names of my children in Your hands…!”
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