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Micah 7:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The best of them is as a brier; the most upright is [worse] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen, even thy visitation, is come; now shall be their perplexity.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The best of them [is] as a brier: the most upright [is sharper] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen [and] thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The best of them is like a briar, The most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The best of them [is] as a brier: the most upright [is sharper] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen [and] thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The best of them is as a briar; the most upright, [worse] than a thorn-fence. The day of thy watchmen, thy visitation is come; now shall be their perplexity.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The best of them, is as a sharp briar, and, the most upright, worse than a thorn hedge, The day of thy watchmen—of thy visitation, hath come, Now, shall be their confusion!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Their best one [is] as a brier, The upright one—than a thorn-hedge, The day of thy watchmen—Thy visitation—hath come. Now is their perplexity.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He that is best among them, is as a brier, and he that is righteous, as the thorn of the hedge. The day of thy inspection, thy visitation cometh: now shall be their destruction.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The best of them is as a brier: the most vpright [is sharper] then a thorne hedge: the day of thy watchmen, [and] thy visitation commeth; now shall be their perplexitie.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— therefore I will take away their goods as a devouring moth, and as one who acts by a [rigid] rule in a day of visitation. Woe, woe, thy times of vengeance are come; now shall be their lamentations.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The best of them [is] as a brier: the most upright [is sharper] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen [and] thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The best 2896
{2896} Prime
From H2895; 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).
of them [is] as a brier: 2312
{2312} Prime
From an unused root meaning to sting; a prickly plant.
the most upright 3477
{3477} Prime
From H3474; straight (literally or figuratively).
[is sharper] than a thorn hedge: 4534
{4534} Prime
For H4881; a hedge.
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
the day 3117
{3117} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be hot; a day (as the warm hours), whether literally (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figuratively (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverbially).
of thy watchmen 6822
{6822} Prime
A primitive root; properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; by implication to observe, await.
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
[and] thy visitation 6486
{6486} Prime
Feminine passive participle of H6485; visitation (in many senses, chiefly official).
cometh; 935
{0935} Prime
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
now x6258
(6258) Complement
From H6256; at this time, whether adverbial, conjugational or expletive.
shall be x1961
(1961) Complement
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
their perplexity. 3998
{3998} Prime
From H0943; perplexity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Micah 7:4

_ _ as a brier — or thorn; pricking with injury all who come in contact with them (2 Samuel 23:6, 2 Samuel 23:7; Isaiah 55:13; Ezekiel 2:6).

_ _ the day of thy watchmen — the day foretold by thy (true) prophets, as the time of “thy visitation” in wrath [Grotius]. Or, “the day of thy false prophets being punished”; they are specially threatened as being not only blind themselves, but leading others blindfold [Calvin].

_ _ now — at the time foretold, “at that time”; the prophet transporting himself into it.

_ _ perplexity — (Isaiah 22:5). They shall not know whither to turn.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Micah 7:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Micah 7:4

As a briar — Mischievous and hurtful. The day — The day in which they shall sound the alarm. Cometh — Surely, speedily, and unavoidably. Now — When that day is come.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Micah 7:4

The best of them [is] as (e) a brier: the most upright [is sharper] than a thorn hedge: the day of (f) thy watchmen [and] thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

(e) They that are of most estimation and are counted most honest among them, are but thorns and briers to prick.

(f) Meaning the prophets and governors.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
is a,
2 Samuel 23:6-7 But [the sons] of Belial [shall be] all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: ... But the man [that] shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the [same] place.
Isaiah 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off.
Ezekiel 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [be] with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they [be] a rebellious house.
Hebrews 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.

the day:

Ezekiel 12:23-24 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. ... For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.
Hosea 9:7-8 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know [it]: the prophet [is] a fool, the spiritual man [is] mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. ... The watchman of Ephraim [was] with my God: [but] the prophet [is] a snare of a fowler in all his ways, [and] hatred in the house of his God.
Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.


Isaiah 10:3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation [which] shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?
Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah 10:15 They [are] vanity, [and] the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.


Isaiah 22:5 For [it is] a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
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