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Micah 7:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But as for me, I will look unto Jehovah; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But as for me, I will look unto Jehovah; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, I, for Yahweh, will watch, I will wait for the God of my salvation,—My God, will hear me.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And I—in Jehovah I do watch, I do wait for the God of my salvation, Hear me doth my God.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But I will look towards the Lord, I will wait for God, my saviour: my God will hear me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Therefore I will looke vnto you the LORD: I will waite for the God of my saluation: my God will heare me.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— But I will look to the Lord; I will wait upon God my Saviour: my God will hearken to me.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Therefore I will look unto Yahweh; I will wait for the Elohim of my salvation: my Elohim will hear me.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Therefore I x589
(0589) Complement
Contracted from H0595; I.
will look 6822
{6822} Prime
A primitive root; properly to lean forward, that is, to peer into the distance; by implication to observe, await.
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
unto Yhw יָהוֶה; 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
I will wait 3176
{3176} Prime
A primitive root; to wait; by implication to be patient, hope.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
for the lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; 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.
of my salvation: 3468
{3468} Prime
From H3467; liberty, deliverance, prosperity.
my lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; 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.
will hear 8085
{8085} Prime
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Micah 7:7

_ _ Therefore I will look unto the Lord — as if no one else were before mine eyes. We must not only “look unto the Lord,” but also “wait for Him.” Having no hope from man (Micah 7:5, Micah 7:6), Micah speaks in the name of Israel, who herein, taught by chastisement (Micah 7:4) to feel her sin (Micah 7:9), casts herself on the Lord as her only hope,” in patient waiting (Lamentations 3:26). She did so under the Babylonian captivity; she shall do so again hereafter when the spirit of grace shall be poured on her (Zechariah 12:10-13).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Micah 7:7-13

_ _ The prophet, having sadly complained of the wickedness of the times he lived in, here fastens upon some considerations for the comfort of himself and his friends, in reference thereunto. The case is bad, but it is not desperate. Yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.

_ _ I. “Though God be now displeased he shall be reconciled to us, and then all will be well, Micah 7:7, Micah 7:9. We are now under the indignation of the Lord; God is angry with us, and justly, because we have sinned against him.” Note, It is our sin against God that provokes his indignation against us; and we must see it, and own it, whenever we are under divine rebukes, that we may justify God, and may study to answer his end in afflicting us, by repenting of sin and breaking off from it. Now, at such a time, 1. We must have recourse to God under our troubles (Micah 7:7): Therefore I will look unto the Lord. When a child of God has ever so much occasion to cry, Woe is me (as the prophet here, Micah 7:1), yet it may be a comfort to him that he has a God to look to, a God to come to, to fly to, in whom he may rejoice and have satisfaction. All may look bright above him when all looks black and dark about him. The prophet had been complaining that there was no comfort to be had, no confidence to be put, in friends and relations on earth, and this drives him to his God: Therefore I will look unto the Lord. The less reason we have to delight in any creature the more reason we have to delight in God. If princes are not to be trusted, we may say, Happy is the man that has the God of Jacob for his help, and happy am I, even in the midst of my present woes, if he be my help. If men be false, this is our comfort, that God is faithful; if relations be unkind, he is and will be gracious. Let us therefore look above and beyond them, and overlook our disappointment in them, and look unto the Lord. 2. We must submit to the will of God in our troubles: “I will bear the indignation of the Lord, will bear it patiently, without murmuring and repining, because I have sinned against him.” Note, Those that are truly penitent for sin will see a great deal of reason to be patient under affliction. Wherefore should a man complain for the punishment of his sin? When we complain to God of the badness of the times we ought to complain against ourselves for the badness of our own hearts. 3. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us, and put a good issue to our troubles in due time; we must not only look to him, but look for him: “I will wait for the God of my salvation, and for his gracious returns to me.” In our greatest distresses we shall see no reason to despair of salvation if by faith we eye God as the God of our salvation, who is able to save the weakest upon their humble petition, and willing to save the worst upon their true repentance. And, if we depend on God as the God of our salvation, we must wait for him, and for his salvation, in his own way and his own time. Let us now see what the church is here taught to expect and promise herself from God, even when things are brought to the last extremity. (1.) My God will hear me; if the Lord be our God, he will hear our prayers, and grant an answer of peace to them. (2.) “When I fall, and am in danger of being dashed in pieces by the fall, yet I shall arise, and recover myself again. I fall, but am not utterly cast down,Psalms 37:24. (3.) “When I sit in darkness, desolate and disconsolate, melancholy and perplexed, and not knowing what to do, nor which way to look for relief, yet then the Lord shall be a light to me, to comfort and revive me, to instruct and teach me, to direct and guide me, as a light to my eyes, a light to my feet, a light in a dark place.” (4.) He will plead my cause, and execute judgment for me, Micah 7:9. If we heartily espouse the cause of God, the just but injured cause of religion and virtue, and make it our cause, we may hope he will own our cause, and plead it. The church's cause, though it seem for a time to go against her, will at length be pleaded with jealousy, and judgment not only given against, but executed upon, the enemies of it. (5.) “He will bring me forth to the light, make me shine eminently out of obscurity, and become conspicuous, will make my righteousness shine evidently from under the dark cloud of calumny, Psalms 37:6; Isaiah 58:10. The morning of comfort shall shine forth out of the long and dark night of trouble.” (6.) “I shall behold his righteousness; I shall see the equity of his proceedings concerning me and the performance of his promises to me.”

_ _ II. Though enemies triumph and insult, they shall be silenced and put to shame, Micah 7:8, Micah 7:10. Observe here,

_ _ 1. How proudly the enemies of God's people trample upon them in their distress. They said, Where is the Lord their God? As if because they were afflicted God had forsaken them, and they knew not where to find him with their prayers, and he knew not how to help them with his favours. This David's enemies said to him, and it was a sword in his bones, Psalms 42:10, and see Psalms 115:2. Thus, in reproaching Israel as an abandoned people, they reflected on the God of Israel as an unkind unfaithful God.

_ _ 2. How comfortably the people of God by faith bear up themselves under these insults (Micah 7:8): “Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! I am now down, but shall not be always so, and when my God appears for me then she that is my enemy shall see it, and be ashamed” (not only being disappointed in her expectations of the church's utter ruin, but having the same cup of trembling put into her hand), “then my eyes shall behold her in the same deplorable condition that I am now in; now shall she be trodden down.” Note, The deliverance of the church will be the confusion of her enemies; and their shame shall be double, when, as they have trampled upon God's people, so they shall themselves be trampled upon.

_ _ III. Though the land continue a great while desolate, yet it shall at length be replenished again, when the time, even the set time, of its deliverance comes. 1. Its salvation shall not come till after it has been desolate; so the margin reads it, Micah 7:13. God has a controversy with the land, and it must lie long under his rebukes, because of those that dwell therein; it is their iniquity that makes their land desolate (Psalms 107:34); it is for the fruit of their doings, their evil doings which they have been themselves guilty of, and the evil fruit of them, the sins of others, which they have been accessory to by their bad influence and example. For this they must expect to smart a great while; for the world shall know that God hates sin even in his own people. 2. When it does come it shall be a complete salvation; and it seems to refer to their deliverance out of Babylon by Cyrus, which Isaiah about this time prophesied of, as a type of our redemption by Christ. (1.) The decree shall be far removed. God's decree concerning their captivity, and Nebuchadnezzar's decree concerning the perpetuity of it, his resolution never to release them, “these shall be set aside and revoked, and you shall hear no more of them; they shall no more lie as a yoke upon thy neck.” (2.) Jerusalem and the cities of Judah shall be again reared: Then thy walls shall be built, walls for habitation, walls for defence, house-walls, town-walls, temple-walls; it is in order to these that the decree is repealed, Isaiah 44:28. Though Zion's walls may lie long in ruins, there will come a day when they shall be repaired. (3.) All that belong to the land of Israel, whithersoever dispersed, and howsoever distressed, far and wide over the face of the whole earth, shall come flocking to it again (Micah 7:12): He shall come even to thee, having liberty to return and a heart to return, from Assyria, whither the ten tribes were carried away, though it lay remote, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress, those strongholds in which they thought they had them fast; for when God's time comes, though Pharaoh will not let the people go, God will fetch them out with a high hand. They shall come from all the remote parts, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain, not turning back for fear of your discouragements, but they shall go from strength to strength till they come to Zion. Thus in the great day of redemption God will gather his elect from the four winds.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Micah 7:7

Therefore — Since all sorts of men are so perfidious. Look — As one set in a watch — tower looks round about, and diligently observes all that stirs, so will the prophet; so did they who in Israel and Judah feared the Lord.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Micah 7:7

Therefore (g) I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

(g) The Prophet shows that the only remedy for the godly in desperate evils, is to flee to God for help.

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I will look:

Psalms 34:5-6 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. ... This poor man cried, and the LORD heard [him], and saved him out of all his troubles.
Psalms 55:16-17 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. ... Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Psalms 109:4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I [give myself unto] prayer.
Psalms 142:4-5 I looked on [my] right hand, and beheld, but [there was] no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. ... I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my refuge [and] my portion in the land of the living.
Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else.
Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither [shall] fruit [be] in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and [there shall be] no herd in the stalls: ... The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Luke 6:11-12 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus. ... And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.


Genesis 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.
Psalms 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Psalms 27:12-14 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. ... Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalms 40:1-3 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. ... And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Psalms 62:1-8 [[To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.]] Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him [cometh] my salvation. ... Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah.
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.
Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Lamentations 3:25-26 The LORD [is] good unto them that wait for him, to the soul [that] seeketh him. ... [It is] good that [a man] should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Luke 2:25-32 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. ... A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

my God:

Psalms 4:2-3 O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah. ... But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
Psalms 38:15 For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.
Psalms 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psalms 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: ... And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
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Gn 49:18. Ps 4:2; 25:5; 27:12; 34:5; 37:7; 38:15; 40:1; 50:15; 55:16; 62:1; 65:2; 109:4; 142:4. Is 8:17; 12:2; 25:9; 45:22. Lm 3:25. Hab 3:17. Lk 2:25; 6:11. 1Jn 5:14.

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