17 They shall lick the y dust like a serpent; z They shall crawl from their holes like 1 snakes of the earth. ), to perpetual captivity; to Jerusalem, guilty but repenting, promising restoration. 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. 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. Thus the antithesis is brought out. 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. KJ21 Who is a God like unto Thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? 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. Micah 7:1 14.) they shall be afraid of the Lord—or, they shall in fear turn with haste to the Lord. "dread" (BDB 808), Exod. (17) They shall lick the dust like a serpent.—The doom of the determined enemies of the Lord and His people recalls that of Satan, the great enemy, as personified by the serpent. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. lick the dust — in abject prostration as suppliants (Psalm 72:9; compare Isaiah 49:23; Isaiah 65:25). Or rather, “shall fear thee, Israel” [Henderson]. See Psalms 22:29; Psalms 72:9, Isaiah 49:23. Micah 7:17. Micah 7:10), the vaunted pride and power of the nations would be rendered powerless (cf. 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. (r) "Et turpes humilesque, supplicesque, Pictorum sola basiate regum". Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets. 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. 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". ): “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. Micah 7:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Micah 7:17, NIV: "They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground.They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the LORD our God and will be afraid of you." 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. So it is translated "serpents," Deuteronomy 32:24 [zoch. 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. You will have the first form in Joshua 10:8; and the second in Deuteronomy 31:12. 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." ), to perpetual captivity; to Jerusalem, guilty but repenting, promising restoration. Holes — Their strong holds, and fastnesses. 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. 15:14 and Micah 7:17. A final prophecy of what God will do (Micah 7:18-20) brings the prophecy of Micah to a close. Because of thee — So that the name of Jews, shall be terrible to their enemies. Micah 7:17 They will lick the dust like a snake, like reptiles slithering on the ground. 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. out of respect or rage. 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. “Dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:14). So from the beginning of the world did God; so doth He; so shall He unto the end. They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. 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. 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. 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. Micah 7:17 (TMB) They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. This is expressed Isaiah 45:1, by loosing the loins of kings. 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. And whereas it is added, like a serpent, he puts them in mind of that old malediction, Gen. 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. 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"). 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. Micah 7:1 Micah 7:17. In Micah, it is not said that the fear brings them into any relation to God. Ver. 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. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), for the utmost humiliation, as in Genesis 3:14. though they occupied well-fortified citadels, they yet were afraid, because the very fame of David had broken down their boldness. So did He show Himself to Cain and Abel, who both, as we all, sinned in Adam. Epigram. Thus the prophet parts with both out of sight; the people of God, feeding on the rich. 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. Josh 2:9–11) and, having been humbled (Mic 7:17), they would no longer listen to or engage in the taunting of His people (Mic 7:16b; cf. This is the reason why the Prophet here mentions the name of God, and then turns to address God himself. Micah 7:17. They will surrender to Yahweh, Israel"s God, and come before Him in fear and dread of what He will do to them (cf. Micah 7. cy) Oherwydd Jehova ein Duw ur arswydant, — More literally, 'they shall tremble from' - i:e., tremblingly come forth from their coverts. 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. 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. 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