He afterwards adds, They shall lick the dust as a serpent He intimates, that however the enemies of the Church may have proudly exalted themselves before, they shall then be cast down, and lie, as it were, on the ground; for to lick the dust is nothing else but to lie prostrate on the earth. Micah 7:17 (TMB) They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. like worms — reptiles or crawlers (Deuteronomy 32:24). They shall lick the dust like a serpent,.... Whose food is the dust of the earth, according to the curse pronounced on it, Genesis 3:14; and which is either its, natural food it chooses to live on, as some serpents however are saidF15Vid. though they occupied well-fortified citadels, they yet were afraid, because the very fame of David had broken down their boldness. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets. And shall fear because of thee; so that the name of Jews, their power and greatness shall be terrible to their enemies. Epigram. Nations, in Micah 7:16, 17, mean people outside who don’t know, and don’t want to hear. (Calmet) --- Converts shall humbly apply to the ministers of Christ to receive baptism and confirmation. earth and things of earth, they had chosen (Rup. The allusion seems to be to the manner of the eastern nations, who, in complimenting their kings and great men, bowed so low to the ground with their faces, as to take up with their mouths the very dust of it. The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. Or rather, “shall fear thee, Israel” [Henderson]. You will have the first form in Joshua 10:8; and the second in Deuteronomy 31:12. They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of Thee. [micah 7:18] who is a god like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? Micah 7:17 Wait for the God of Salvation. They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee. Stick Around to See What God Will Do - I’m overwhelmed with sorrow! Micah 7:17 KJ21 They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. They shall tremble forth from their holes: they shall in trepidation turn to the Lord for salvation (compare Note, see on Hosea 3:5, and Jeremiah 33:9). 15:16 and Micah 7:17 Holes — Their strong holds, and fastnesses. There is a change here from speaking of God to speaking to God [Maurer]. (r) They will fall flat on the ground because of fear. ), to perpetual captivity; to Jerusalem, guilty but repenting, promising restoration. They shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and the prosperity that I procure unto it; they come trembling out of their close places, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. "The good [man] is perished out of the earth: and [there is] none upright among men: they all lie in … Thus the prophet brings us to the close of all things, the gladness and joy of God's people, the terror of His enemies, and adds only the song of thanksgiving of all the redeemed. Micah 7:7-17 are spoken upon behalf of the spiritual remnant, in whose mouths Micah places a confession of sins and a plea for Jehovah to receive them. They will crawl from their holes in the presence of the LORD our God; they will tremble in fear of You. here used signifies a tremulous and tumultuous motion, like the wriggling of a worm out of the earth; or the hurry of ants, when their nests are kicked or thrown up: this is expressive of the confusion and perturbation of the enemies of the Lord and his people; of the Babylonians, who were obliged in a hurry to leave their palaces, as the Targum and Aben Ezra interpret their holes, and their fortresses and towers, and deliver them to the Medes and Persians; and of Gog and Magog, and the antichristian states, who will be obliged to abandon their places of abode, and creep out of sight, and be reduced to the lowest and meanest condition; they shall be afraid of the Lord our God: because of the glory of his majesty, the greatness of his power, and for fear of his judgments: and shall fear because of thee; O God, or Israel, as Kimchi; the church of God, whom they despised and reproached before; but now shall be seized with a panic, and live in the utmost dread of, because of the power and glory of God in the midst of them, and lest they should fall a sacrifice to them. 17. Micah 7:10), the vaunted pride and power of the nations would be rendered powerless (cf. Micah 7 / Micah 7:17 17 They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. a They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, And shall fear because of You. Micah 6:10 An ephah was a dry measure. like worms—reptiles or crawlers (De 32:24). cy) Oherwydd Jehova ein Duw ur arswydant, — More literally, “they shall tremble from,” that is, tremblingly come forth from their coverts. ): “They shall move out of their holes”, or, better, shall tremble, (that is, “come tremblingly,”) out of their close places, whether these be strong places or prisons, as the word, varied in one vowel means. 23A, has an interesting comparison between God's deliverance at the Red Sea (expressed in Moses' song) and Micah's victory praise (p. 203): 1. (200) It now follows —, (lang. Micah 7:7-17 are spoken upon behalf of the spiritual remnant, in whose mouths Micah places a confession of sins and a plea for Jehovah to receive them. ), to perpetual captivity; to Jerusalem, guilty but repenting, promising restoration. More literally, "they shall tremble from," that is, tremblingly come forth from their coverts. "dread" (BDB 808), Exod. It is doubtful, whether these last words express a "servile tear," whereby a man turns away and flees from the person or thing which he fears, or whether they simply describe fear of God, the first step toward repentance. Colossians 27. Thus the prophet brings us to the close of all things, the gladness and joy of God‘s people, the terror of His enemies, and adds only the song of thanksgiving of all the redeemed. And fear because of thee —. (Theodoret; Sanct. 2. Ep. Lick the dust — In the most submissive, servile manner, testify their subjection. They shall lick the dust like a (the) serpent - To lick the dust, by itself, pictures the extreme humility of persons who east themselves down to the very earth (as in Psalm 72:9; Isaiah 49:23). They will come trembling out of their fortresses; To the Lord our God they will come in dread And they will be afraid before You. They shall move out of their holes, so the strong holds and fastnesses of the Babylonians, who kept Israel in captivity, are called, like worms of the earth; which do with trembling and haste wriggle themselves out of their holes when the earth is shaken about them, or as when ants tumultuously in their fright run about from the ant-hill scattered with the foot; so should these enemies of Israel flee out of their holds, and leave them to conquering Persians, as Isaiah foretold, Isaiah 45:1-4. In Micah, it is not said that the fear brings them into any relation to God. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for the utmost humiliation, as in Genesis 3:14. 2. And fear because of thee — When they shall see Almighty God appear so conspicuously in thy favour. If it be strong places, it means, that “the enemies of God‘s people should, in confusion and tumltuously with fear, leave their strongholds, wherein they thought to be secure, not able to lift themselves up against God and those by Him sent against them.” “Like worms of the earth”, literally, creeping things, or, as we say, reptiles, contemptuously. So did He show Himself to Cain and Abel, who both, as we all, sinned in Adam. The wordF19ירגזו "contremiscent", Munster, Tigurine version, Cocceius; "frement, sive tumultuabuntur", Calvin; "trepide prorepent", Burkius. Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee. 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. KJ21 Who is a God like unto Thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? Commentary on Micah 7:1-7 (Read Micah 7:1-7) The prophet bemoans himself that he lived among a people ripening apace for ruin, in which many good persons would suffer. Micah 6:8 Or prudently; Micah 6:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain. Ver. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, They shall lick the dust like a (the) serpent -, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth, They shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee, "The strangers (the foreign foes) shall ... be afraid out of their close places", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. It is indeed right that the children of God should begin with diffidence, — sensible that they are nothing, and that all their strength is nothing; but they ought not to stop at their own weakness, but, on the contrary, to rise up to the contemplation of God’s power, that they may not doubt but that, when his power shall appear, their enemies shall be soon scattered. 14.) 7. c. 3. sect. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 32:24, the same word). They will stay focused on physical and sensory things, and will be in dread about knowledge of God. Hierozoic. "tremble" (BDB 919), Exod. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait … And shall fear because of (literally, from) Thee, O Lord, of whom they had before said, Where is the Lord thy God? It seems to picture the reprobate, who would not "hear the Voice of the Son of God and live" John 5:25, but who, in the end, shall be forced to hear it out of their close places or prisons, that is, the grave, and come forth in fear, when they shall "say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us" Luke 23:30; Revelation 6:16. 17 They shall lick the y dust like a serpent; z They shall crawl from their holes like 1 snakes of the earth. They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. Thus the prophet parts with both out of sight; the people of God, feeding on the rich. The first time this name occurs is in Judges 17:1 but after the introduction the name is carried on as Micah, and no translation names this man anything else in the first verse. — Ed. Right-living humans are extinct. Ephesians 71. He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. bounty and abundance of God, and His marvelous gifts of grace above and beyond nature, multiplied to them above all the wonders of old time; the enemies of God's people looking on, not to, admire, but to be ashamed, not to be healthfully ashamed, but to be willfully deaf to the voice of God. More literally, 'they shall tremble from' - i:e., tremblingly come forth from their coverts. To fear because of thee, and to fear thee, are two distinct things. The text is parallel to that of Jeremiah 33:9, They shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and the prosperity that I procure unto it; that is, unto Jerusalem. So He hath foreshown as to the end Matthew 25. For, however to lay the hand on the mouth might be a token of reverent silence, the deafness of the ears can hardly be other than the emblem of hardened obstinacy. Cain, being impenitent, lie wholly cast away; Abel, being penitent,” and through faith offering a better sacrifice than Cain, and “bringing forth fruits worthy of repentance, He accepted.” So He hath foreshown as to the end John 5:25, but who, in the end, shall be forced to hear it out of their close places or prisons, that is, the grave, and come forth in fear, when they shall “say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us” Luke 23:30; Revelation 6:16. Serpents, (Genesis iii. They will become as servile and humble as snakes. In Micah, it is not said that the fear brings them into any relation to God. They shall lick the dust like a serpent - in abject prostration as suppliants (Psalms 72:9, "His enemies shall lick the dust;" cf. For I am like those who gather summer fruits, Like those who glean vintage grapes; There is no cluster to eat Of the first-ripe fruit which my soul desires. What have I to do with thee, thou man of God (said she), art thou come to call to mind my sin and to kill my son? Licking the dust is a figure describing total defeat (cf. They will come trembling out of their fortresses; To the Lord our God they will come in dread And they will be afraid before You. מי אל כּמוך looks back to Exodus 15:11; but whether Micah also plays upon his own name is doubtful. Micah 7:18-19. Who is a God like unto thee — That is, there is no God like unto thee; that passeth by the transgression of the remnant, &c. — That pardons the offences of the remainder of his people, namely, of those that shall survive the various punishments and destructions brought upon … They shall be afraid of the Lord our God — Overthrowing the Babylonish empire by Cyrus. The word (s) here used signifies a tremulous and tumultuous motion, like the wriggling of a worm out of the earth; or the hurry of ants, when their nests are kicked or thrown up: this is expressive of the confusion and perturbation of the enemies of the Lord and his people; of the Babylonians, who were obliged in a hurry to leave their palaces, as the Targum and Aben Ezra interpret their holes, and their fortresses and towers, and deliver them to the Medes and Persians; and of Gog and Magog, and the antichristian states, who will be obliged to abandon their places of abode, and creep out of sight, and be reduced to the lowest and meanest condition; they shall be afraid of the Lord our God: because of the glory of his majesty, the greatness of his power, and for fear of his judgments: and shall fear because of thee; O God, or Israel, as Kimchi; the church of God, whom they despised and reproached before; but now shall be seized with a panic, and live in the utmost dread of, because of the power and glory of God in the midst of them, and lest they should fall a sacrifice to them. It is doubtful, whether these last words express a “servile tear,” whereby a man turns away and flees from the person or thing which he fears, or whether they simply describe fear of God, the first step toward repentance. par. I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn And returns empty-handed, finds nothing for soup or sandwich or salad. Third Millennium Bible w/ Apocrypha Micah 7:17 Context. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the LORD our God and will be afraid of you. Like a serpent; condemned to eat the dust and perpetually to crawl on the dust; it seems to intimate. (p) L. 7. c. 3. sect. Ver. Micah 7. Rup. Because of thee — So that the name of Jews, shall be terrible to their enemies. iii., and gives them to know, that as, like that old serpent, they have lifted themselves up against God, so will God cast them down again to the condition of serpents, and abase them to the very dust. when the kings of Persia favoured the Jews, and (as the manner of courtiers is) in compliance with their kings the grandees forwarded the prosperity of the Jews, as may easily be conjectured from the 6th and 7th chapters of Ezra. It was our God, (saith the prophet in the person of Israel,) for his promise’ sake made to us, who did those great things by Cyrus and for us. They shall move out of their holes - as reptiles from their holes, they shall come forth from their hiding-places, or fortresses, to give themselves up to the conquerors (Psalms 18:45, "The strangers (the foreign foes) shall ... be afraid out of their close places"). ((q) Polymnia, sive l. 7. c. 12. they shall be afraid of the Lord — or, they shall in fear turn with haste to the Lord. In Hosea's words, "they shall fear toward the Lord and His goodness" Hosea 3:5, the addition, and His goodness, determines the character of the fear. (o) Vid. : "And that we may know how uniformly our Judge so distinguisheth, at the very moment of His own death while hanging between the two thieves, the one, impenitent and blaspheming, He left; to the other, penitent and confessing, He opened the gate of paradise; and, soon after, leaving the Jewish people unrepentant, He received the repentance of the Gentiles." Of the Lord our God; who did powerfully work for Cyrus in order to the delivering us out of captivity. MacArthur - As a result (cf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent — They shall fall to the earth through fear, and carry themselves very humbly and submissively toward God’s people. 2. says, that when Darius Hystaspis was declared king by the neighing of his horse, the rest of the six candidates alighted from their horses, and prostrated their bodies to the ground, as is the manner of the Persians, and saluted him king; and HerodotusF17Polymnia, sive l. 7. c. 12. observes the same, custom among the Persians; and to this custom the poet MartialF18"Et turpes humilesque, supplicesque, Pictorum sola basiate regum". Micah 7:1 Micah 7:17. Particularly it is said of the Persians, that they first kiss the pavement on which the king treads, before they speak unto him, as Quistorpius on the place relates; and Valerius MaximusF16L. Genesis 3:14; Psalm 72:9 Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 65:25). They shall lick the dust like a serpent — They shall fall to the earth through fear, and carry themselves very humbly and submissively toward God’s people. At the siege of Mountabove, in France, the people of God within the walls ever before a sally sang a psalm: with which holy practice of theirs, the enemy becoming acquainted, when they heard them singing would so quake and tremble, crying, They come, they come, as though the wrath of God had been breaking out upon them. lie is not spoken of; as becoming, any how, their God, and Micah closes by a thanksgiving, for God‘s pardoning mercy, not to them but to His people. See Psalms 22:29; Psalms 72:9, Isaiah 49:23. Micah 7:18. They shall tremble forth from their holes: they shall in trepidation turn to the Lord for salvation (compare Note, see on [1156]Ho 3:5, and Jer 33:9). l. 10. So did He show Himself to Cain and Abel, who both, as we all, sinned in Adam. There’s not a decent person in sight. What follows, then, seems more like the unwilling creeping-forth into the Presence of God, when they cannot keep away, than conversion. fear because of thee—shall fear Thee, Jehovah (and so fear Israel as under Thy guardianship). Impiety triumpheth in prosperity, trembleth in adversity: and contrarily, saith holy Greenham, since the fall, we tremble before God, angels, and good men. They, the proud and cruel enemies of Israel, the Babylonians, shall lick the dust; in the most submissive, servile manner testify their subjection, promise to serve and honour the Jews released out of captivity: it is an expression which alludes to the servile manner of those Eastern complimenters, Psalms 72:9 Isaiah 49:23, and was fulfilled in the days after the return. Study Micah 7 using The Geneva Study Bible to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Meaning the cruel empire of the Babylonians. Occurs only in these two places. 71. refers; and Drusius says it is a custom in Asia to this day, that, when any go into the presence of a king, they kiss the ground, which is a token of the great veneration they have for him. So from the beginning of the world did God; so doth He; so shall He unto the end. The Hebrew word imports great commotion and bustle. A final prophecy of what God will do (Micah 7:18-20) brings the prophecy of Micah to a close. Israel’s Misery - What misery is mine! And whereas it is added, like a serpent, he puts them in mind of that old malediction, Gen. They shall lick the dust like a serpent —, They shall move out of their holes like worms —, They shall be afraid of the Lord our God —, loosing the loins of kings. Sorrow for Israel’s Sins - Woe is me! They lick dust as a serpent, as fearful things of earth, They tremble from their enclosures, Of Jehovah our God they are afraid, Yea, they are afraid of Thee. Tremble thenshall they at Jehovah our God, that is, on account of Jehovah our God; and then Fear shall they because of thee. lick the dust — in abject prostration as suppliants (Psalm 72:9; compare Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 65:25). 1. l. 1. c. 44. col. 27. to do; or, going upon its belly, it cannot but take in a good deal of the dust of the earth along with its food; and hereby is signified the low, mean, abject, and cursed estate and condition of the seed of the serpent, wicked and ungodly men, the enemies of Christ and his people; who wilt be forced to yield subjection to him and his church, and will pretend the most profound respect for them, and the highest veneration of them. Compare Psalms 72:9. Bochart. Micah 7:17 Translation & Meaning. Mayest Thou show truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old." So from the beginning of the world did God; so doth He; so shall He unto the end. out of respect or rage. the perpetuity of slavery and subjection that the enemy should fall under, and that it should be on them as a curse like that on the serpent. Isaiah 49:23. worms. Micah 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of … Ac ovnant rhagddot. A final prophecy of what God will do (Micah 7:18-20) brings the prophecy of Micah to a close. They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. There is a change here from speaking of God to speaking to God [Maurer]. The phrase is used of the enemies of the, Messiah, and of the converted Jews and Gentiles at the latter day, and is expressive of their great submission to them; see Psalm 72:9; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth; who put out their heads and draw them in again upon the least notice or approach of danger; or like serpents, as Jarchi and Kimchi, which lurk in holes, and creep out of them oft their bellies, or any other creeping things. Epigram. Micah 7:7-17 are spoken upon behalf of the spiritual remnant, in whose mouths Micah places a confession of sins and a plea for Jehovah to receive them. A final prophecy of what God will do (Micah 7:18-20) brings the prophecy of Micah to a close. Hierozoic. Or rather, "shall fear thee, Israel" [Henderson]. lxvii.). I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave. Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

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