MICAH 7:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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Micah 7:17 Translation & Meaning

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They shall lick יְלַחֲכ֤וּ To lick lick
the dust עָפָר֙ Dust (as powdered or gray); hence, clay, earth, mud dust
like a serpent, כַּנָּחָ֔שׁ A snake (from its hiss) like serpent
they shall move יִרְגְּז֖וּ To quiver (with any violent emotion, especially anger or fear) move
out of their holes מִמִּסְגְּרֹֽתֵיהֶ֑ם Something enclosing, i.e., a margin (of a region, of a panel); concretely, a stronghold out holes
like worms כְּזֹחֲלֵ֣י To crawl like worms
of the earth: אֶ֔רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
they shall be afraid יִפְחָ֔דוּ To be startled (by a sudden alarm); hence, to fear in general afraid
of אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to of
the Lord יְהוָ֤ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
our God, אֱלֹהֵ֙ינוּ֙ 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
and shall fear וְיִֽרְא֖וּ To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten fear
because of מִמֶּֽךָּ׃ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses because
thee. מִמֶּֽךָּ׃ Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses thee

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  • 15  According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

  • 16  The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

  • 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.

  • 18  Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

  • 19  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.




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