It is indeed right that the children of God should begin with diffidence, â 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 Godâs power, that they may not doubt but that, when his power shall appear, their enemies shall be soon scattered. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets. So it is translated "serpents," Deuteronomy 32:24 [zoch. 1. l. 1. c. 44. The wordF19ירגזו "contremiscent", Munster, Tigurine version, Cocceius; "frement, sive tumultuabuntur", Calvin; "trepide prorepent", Burkius. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 32:24, the same word). 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. 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. par. (r) "Et turpes humilesque, supplicesque, Pictorum sola basiate regum". Thus the antithesis is brought out. 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. Micah 7:17 They will lick the dust like a snake, like reptiles slithering on the ground. (Calmet) --- Converts shall humbly apply to the ministers of Christ to receive baptism and confirmation. They shall move out of their holes like worms (or creeping things) of the earth] They shall tumultuate, and be all on a huddle, like ants when their molehill is thrown up with a spade. fear because of thee—shall fear Thee, Jehovah (and so fear Israel as under Thy guardianship). They will crawl from their holes in the presence of the LORD our God; they will tremble in fear of You. 17. So He hath foreshown as to the end Matthew 25. like worms — reptiles or crawlers (Deuteronomy 32:24). More literally, 'they shall tremble from' - i:e., tremblingly come forth from their coverts. 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. 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. Contempt and violation of domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption. Micah 7:1 You will have the first form in Joshua 10:8; and the second in Deuteronomy 31:12. To fear because of thee, and to fear thee, are two distinct things. KJ21 Who is a God like unto Thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? 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. "dread" (BDB 808), Exod. They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. 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. sunk in a swamp of despair! 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 shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of Thee. And shall fear because of thee; so that the name of Jews, their power and greatness shall be terrible to their enemies. 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 … 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. 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. They will stay focused on physical and sensory things, and will be in dread about knowledge of God. 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 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of … Men had no comfort, no satisfaction in their own families or in their nearest relations. "The good [man] is perished out of the earth: and [there is] none upright among men: they all lie in … Micah 6:10 An ephah was a dry measure. Micah 7:17 They will lick the dust like a snake, like reptiles slithering on the ground. 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. There’s not a decent person in sight. 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. Ep. 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. Philippians 2:10). The faithful man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. 15:16 and Micah 7:17 Colossians 27. Micah 7:20. He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. Study Micah 7 using The Geneva Study Bible to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Or rather, "shall fear thee, Israel" [Henderson]. 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. Meaning the cruel empire of the Babylonians. 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. 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. 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. 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. So did He show Himself to Cain and Abel, who both, as we all, sinned in Adam. 2. They shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of Thee. 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. 17 They shall lick the y dust like a serpent; z They shall crawl from their holes like 1 snakes of the earth. 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.
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