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Micah 5:7


Those survivors from 1  Jacob will live 2  in the midst of many nations. 3  They will be like the dew the Lord sends, like the rain on the grass, that does not hope for men to come or wait around for humans to arrive. 4 


De 32:2; Jud 6:36; Ps 72:6; Ps 110:3; Isa 32:15; Isa 44:3; Isa 55:10; Isa 66:19; Jer 14:22; Eze 14:22; Eze 47:1; Ho 6:3; Ho 14:5; Joe 2:32; Am 5:15; Mic 5:3,8; Zep 3:13; Zec 14:8; Mt 28:19; Ac 9:15; Ac 11:15; Ac 13:46; Ac 16:9; Ro 9:30; Ro 10:20; Ro 11:5,6; Ro 11:12; Ro 15:19,20; 1Co 3:6

NET © Notes

tn Heb “the remnant of” (also in v. 8).

tn Heb “will be.”

tn This could mean “(scattered) among the nations” (cf. CEV, NLT) or “surrounded by many nations” (cf. NRSV).

tn Heb “that does not hope for man, and does not wait for the sons of men.”

sn Men wait eagerly for the dew and the rain, not vice versa. Just as the dew and rain are subject to the Lord, not men, so the remnant of Israel will succeed by the supernatural power of God and not need the support of other nations. There may even be a military metaphor here. Israel will overwhelm their enemies, just as the dew completely covers the grass (see 2 Sam 17:12). This interpretation would be consistent with the image of v. 7.

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