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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Micah 1:16

    CHAPTERS: Micah 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16




    King James Bible - Micah 1:16

    Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

    World English Bible

    Shave your
    heads, and cut off your hair for the children of your delight. Enlarge your baldness like the vulture; for they have gone into captivity from you!

    Douay-Rheims - Micah 1:16

    Make thee bald, and be polled for thy delicate children: enlarge thy baldness as the eagle: for they are carried into captivity from thee.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

    Original Hebrew

    7139 וגזי 1494 על 5921 בני 1121 תענוגיך 8588 הרחבי 7337 קרחתך 7144 כנשׁר 5404 כי 3588 גלו 1540 ממך׃ 4480

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    VERSE (16) -
    Job 1:20 Isa 15:2; 22:12 Jer 6:26; 7:29; 16:6 Am 8:10

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 1:16

    Mésate y trasquílate por los hijos de tus delicias; ensancha tu calvicie como águila; porque fueron transportados de ti.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Micah 1:16

    Verse 16. Make thee bald]
    Cutting off the hair was a sign of great distress, and was practised on the death of near relatives; see Amos viii. 10.

    The desolation should be so great that Israel should feel it to her utmost extent; and the mourning should be like that of a mother for the death of her most delicate children.

    Enlarge thy baldness as the eagle] Referring to the mounting of this bird, when in casting its feathers and breeding new ones, it is very sickly, and its strength wholly exhausted.

    They are gone into captivity] This is a prediction of the captivity by Shalmaneser. Samaria, the chief city, is called on to deplore it, as then fast approaching.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 16. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children , etc.] Which is said, either with respect to Mareshah, or to Adullam, or to the whole land, as Kimchi observes; rather to the latter; and that either to Israel, or to Judah, or both; the prophecy in general being concerning them both, ( Micah 1:1); making baldness, whether by plucking off the hair, or by shaving it, was used in token of mourning, ( Job 1:20 Jeremiah 7:29); and so it is designed to express it here: the inhabitants of the land are called to lamentation and weeping for their children taken from them, whom they dearly loved, and brought up in a delicate manner. The Targum is, “pluck off thy hair, and cast it upon the children of thy delight;” and Sanctius observes; that it was a custom with the Gentiles to cut off their hair, and cast it into the graves of their kindred and friends at their interment, to which be thinks the prophet alludes: enlarge thy baldness as the eagle ; when it moults, and cast off all its feathers, as it does in old age, and so renews its youth; to which the allusion seems to be in ( <19A305> Psalm 103:5 Isaiah 40:31); or every year, as birds of prey usually do at the beginning of the spring. The Jewish writers say this happens to it every ten years; when, finding its feathers heavy and unfit for flying, it makes a tour to the sun with all its force it can, to get as near it as possible; and, having heated its plumage excessively, it casts itself into the sea for cooling, and then its feathers fall off, and new ones succeed; and this it does until it is a hundred years old; and to its then state of baldness, while it is moulting, is the allusion here; unless it can be thought any respect is had to that kind of eagle which is called the bald one. In Virginia there are three sorts of eagles; one is the grey eagle, about the size of a kite; another the black eagle, resembling those in England; and a third the bald eagle, so called because the upper part of the neck and head are covered with a sort of white down: but the former sort of baldness seems to be intended, which is at certain stated times, and not what always is, and is only partial; for it denotes such an universal baldness to be made, as to take in all the parts of the body where any hair grows; as expressive of the general devastation that should be made, which would be the cause of this great mourning: for they are gone into captivity from thee ; that is, the delicate children of Israel and Judah, and so were as dead unto them, or worse: this was accomplished in Israel or the ten tribes, partly by Tiglathpileser, and more completely by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, ( 2 Kings 15:29 17:6); and in Judah or the two tribes, when Sennacherib came and took their fenced cities; and doubtless some of the inhabitants and their children were carried captive by him, though not Jerusalem; and therefore cannot be addressed here, as some do interpret the words, unless the prophecy is to be extended to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 8-16 - The
    prophet laments that Israel's case is desperate; but declare it no in Gath. Gratify not those that make merry with the sins or with the sorrows of God's Israel. Roll thyself in the dust, as mourners used to do; let every house in Jerusalem become a house of Aphrah, "a house of dust." When God makes the house dust it becomes us to humble ourselve to the dust under his mighty hand. Many places should share thi mourning. The names have meanings which pointed out the miseries comin upon them; thereby to awaken the people to a holy fear of Divine wrath All refuges but Christ, must be refuges of lies to those who trust in them; other heirs will succeed to every inheritance but that of heaven and all glory will be turned into shame, except that honour whic cometh from God only. Sinners may now disregard their neighbours sufferings, yet their turn to be punished will some come __________________________________________________________________

    Original Hebrew

    קרחי 7139 וגזי 1494 על 5921 בני 1121 תענוגיך 8588 הרחבי 7337 קרחתך 7144 כנשׁר 5404 כי 3588 גלו 1540 ממך׃ 4480

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16


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