MICAH 6:8

“act justly, love mercy, walk humbly”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

This scripture says to “act justly” or do things with a sense of right and wrong. “Love mercy,” or embrace loving-kindness in our heart. And “walk humbly,” that is, recognize that there is little we can do for God except try to abide by his wishes including upholding justice and mercy in a humble way.

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“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

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Micah 6:8 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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He hath shewed הִגִּ֥יד Properly, to front, i.e., stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise shewed
thee, O man, אָדָ֖ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) O man
what מַה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses what
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
good; טּ֑וֹב Good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well) good
and what וּמָֽה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses and what
doth the Lord יְהוָ֞ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God doth Lord
require דּוֹרֵ֣שׁ Properly, to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication, to seek or ask; specifically to worship require
of מִמְּךָ֗ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses of
thee, but כִּ֣י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed thee but
to do עֲשׂ֤וֹת To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application do
justly, מִשְׁפָּט֙ Properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (participant's) divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly, justice, including a participant's right or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style justly
and to love וְאַ֣הֲבַת Love love
mercy, חֶ֔סֶד Kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opposition) reproof, or (subject.) beauty mercy
and to walk לֶ֖כֶת To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) walk
humbly וְהַצְנֵ֥עַ To humiliate humbly
with עִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
thy God? אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ׃ Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God

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  • 6  Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

  • 7  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

  • 8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

  • 9  The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

  • 10  Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?




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