And hence the Prophet adds, On account of Jehovah our God they shall treed, and they shall fear because of thee Here the Prophet shows, that the faithful ought not to distrust on account of their own weakness, but, on the contrary, to remember the infinite power of God. Epigram. 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. 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 —. They shall lick the dust like a serpent] That is, be reduced not only to extreme hunger and penury, but to utmost vility and baseness of condition, so as to lick the very dust. 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. “Dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:14). 7:17-18 The Tyndale Commentary, vol. Meaning the cruel empire of the Babylonians. they shall be afraid of the Lord—or, they shall in fear turn with haste to the Lord. See Psalms 22:29; Psalms 72:9, Isaiah 49:23. move out of their holes — As reptiles from their holes, they shall come forth from their hiding-places, or fortresses (Psalm 18:45), to give themselves up to the conquerors. Micah 7:10), the vaunted pride and power of the nations would be rendered powerless (cf. 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. Micah 7:17. (p) L. 7. c. 3. sect. 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. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the LORD our God and will be afraid of you. (s) "contremiscent", Munster, Tigurine version, Cocceius; "frement, sive tumultuabuntur", Calvin; "trepide prorepent", Burkius. Isaiah 49:23, "They (kings and queens) shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet;" Isaiah 65:25, "Dust shall be the serpent's meat"). Right-living humans are extinct. Micah 7:18. Bochart. Occurs only in these two places. 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. "dread" (BDB 808), Exod. Ac ovnant rhagddot. 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. Philippians 2:10). move out of their holes—As reptiles from their holes, they shall come forth from their hiding-places, or fortresses (Ps 18:45), to give themselves up to the conquerors. Then there is a lady Michaiah who is the wife of king Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 13:2) A prophet whose prophecies were not to Ahab's liking (1 Kings 22:8) More literally, “they shall tremble from,” that is, tremblingly come forth from their coverts. 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 6:10 An ephah was a dry measure. So it is translated "serpents," Deuteronomy 32:24 [zoch. Third Millennium Bible w/ Apocrypha 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. Rup. Hierozoic. Ephesians 71. “They shall be afraid of”, or rather come trembling to, the Lord our God; it is uot said their, but our God, who hath done so great things for us. They shall then be low and creeping like serpents; and then, They shall move themselves as worms and reptiles of the ground The verb רגז, regez, as it has been stated elsewhere, means to raise an uproar, to tumultuate, and it means also to move one’s self; and this latter meaning is the most suitable here, namely, that they shall go forth or move themselves from their enclosures; for the word סגר, sager, signifies to close up: and by enclosures he means hiding-places, though in the song of David, in Psalms 18:0 :, the word is applied to citadels and other fortified places, —, ‘Men,’ he says, ‘trembled from their fortresses;’. There’s not a decent person in sight. ((q) Polymnia, sive l. 7. c. 12. Sorrow for Israel’s Sins - Woe is me! Lick the dust — In the most submissive, servile manner, testify their subjection. 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. Micah 7:1 To fear because of thee, and to fear thee, are two distinct things. Epigram. Ver. Or rather, “shall fear thee, Israel” [Henderson]. though they occupied well-fortified citadels, they yet were afraid, because the very fame of David had broken down their boldness. Licking the dust is a figure describing total defeat (cf. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Ge 12:3; Is 52:15). Bochart. Micah 7:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worm s of the earth: they shall be afraid of … earth and things of earth, they had chosen (Rup. So from the beginning of the world did God; so doth He; so shall He unto the end. They shall be afraid; a panic fear, expressed by the loosening of the loins of kings, Isaiah 45:1; so did the conquering Cyrus proceed in the course of his victories, as Isaiah 41:2,3, God strengthened his arm, and left the heart of Babylonians sinking within them. And fear because of thee — When they shall see Almighty God appear so conspicuously in thy favour. They will stay focused on physical and sensory things, and will be in dread about knowledge of God. (Calmet) --- Converts shall humbly apply to the ministers of Christ to receive baptism and confirmation. 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. 14.) So from the beginning of the world did God; so doth He; so shall He unto the end. Israel’s Misery - What misery is mine! Micah 7:20. Micah 7:17 They will lick the dust like a snake, like reptiles slithering on the ground. More literally, "they shall tremble from," that is, tremblingly come forth from their coverts. l. 10. 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). Tremble thenshall they at Jehovah our God, that is, on account of Jehovah our God; and then Fear shall they because of thee. Micah 7:17 - BBE - They will take dust as their food like a snake,... Study verse in the Bible in Basic English 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. 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. More literally, 'they shall tremble from' - i:e., tremblingly come forth from their coverts. Contempt and violation of domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption. 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. Impiety triumpheth in prosperity, trembleth in adversity: and contrarily, saith holy Greenham, since the fall, we tremble before God, angels, and good men. 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. Thus the antithesis is brought out. 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. KJ21 Who is a God like unto Thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? ), to perpetual captivity; to Jerusalem, guilty but repenting, promising restoration. cy) Oherwydd Jehova ein Duw ur arswydant, — 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. The Hebrew word imports great commotion and bustle. And so the prophet ends, as he began, with the judgments of God; to those who would repent, chastisement, to the impenitent, punishment: “sentencing Samaria, guilty and not repenting” (Rup. (r) They will fall flat on the ground because of fear. 17. Thus the prophet parts with both out of sight; the people of God, feeding on the rich. Or, if the prophet be considered as addressing God, the meaning is, When they understand that it was long before denounced by the prophets that destruction should come upon them, and thy people be delivered, and they see all things tending to bring this to pass, then shall they begin to be afraid of thy power. Micah 7:17 Wait for the God of Salvation. out of respect or rage. Study Micah 7 using The Geneva Study Bible to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. 17 They shall lick the y dust like a serpent; z They shall crawl from their holes like 1 snakes of the earth. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. fear because of thee—shall fear Thee, Jehovah (and so fear Israel as under Thy guardianship). They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. Colossians 27. Of the Lord our God; who did powerfully work for Cyrus in order to the delivering us out of captivity. Micah 7:17. 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. lick the dust — in abject prostration as suppliants (Psalm 72:9; compare Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 65:25). 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. par. A final prophecy of what God will do (Micah 7:18-20) brings the prophecy of Micah to a close. 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. 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"). ): “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. 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. they shall be afraid of the Lord — or, they shall in fear turn with haste to the Lord. To lick it “like the serpent” seems rather to represent the condition of those who share the serpent‘s doom Genesis 3:14; Isaiah 65:25, whose lot, viz. And shall fear because of (literally, from) Thee, O Lord, of whom they had before said, Where is the Lord thy God? Compare Psalms 72:9. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. 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. 2. 15:16 and Micah 7:17 They shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee] O God, or, O Church, terrible as an army with banners. Ver. You will have the first form in Joshua 10:8; and the second in Deuteronomy 31:12. And shall fear because of thee; so that the name of Jews, their power and greatness shall be terrible to their enemies. They will surrender to Yahweh, Israel"s God, and come before Him in fear and dread of what He will do to them (cf. l. 10. Micah 7:16. 7. c. 3. sect. The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait … Micah 7:17 KJ21 They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. 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. 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". Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for the utmost humiliation, as in Genesis 3:14. Micah 7:17 Translation & Meaning. 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. 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. (200) It now follows —, (lang. 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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). Mayest Thou show truth to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old." 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. In Micah, it is not said that the fear brings them into any relation to God. 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. "tremble" (BDB 919), Exod. 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? ), to perpetual captivity; to Jerusalem, guilty but repenting, promising restoration. Or rather, "shall fear thee, Israel" [Henderson]. There is a change here from speaking of God to speaking to God [Maurer]. And so the prophet ends, as he began, with the judgments of God; to those who would repent, chastisement, to the impenitent, punishment: "sentencing Samaria, guilty and not repenting" (Rup. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets. 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. They will become as servile and humble as snakes. like worms—reptiles or crawlers (De 32:24). And this comparison ought to be carefully noticed, that is, when the Prophet compares powerful nations well exercised in wars, who before were audaciously raging, and were swollen with great pride — when he compares them to worms and reptiles of the ground, and also to serpents: he did this to show, that there will be nothing to hinder God from laying prostrate every exalted thing in the world, as soon as it shall please him to aid his Church. Bible > Micah > Chapter 7 > Verse 17 Library • Free Downloads • eBibles 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. 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. Bible Verses Like Micah 7:17 - cross references and similar Bible verses related to Baruch 3:18 - 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. Without can not be used by it self, meaning that it has to be minimum one more condition included (all/at least one,etc) all: "fish", without: "bread", will search for verses that contains "fish" but NOT "bread" start: They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of Thee. Thus the antithesis is brought out. There is a change here from speaking of God to speaking to God [Maurer]. (o) Vid. The wordF19ירגזו "contremiscent", Munster, Tigurine version, Cocceius; "frement, sive tumultuabuntur", Calvin; "trepide prorepent", Burkius. Micah 7:18-19. 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