The Meaning of Micah 5:7 Explained

Micah 5:7

KJV: And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

YLT: And the remnant of Jacob hath been in the midst of many peoples, As dew from Jehovah -- as showers on the herb, That waiteth not for man, nor stayeth for the sons of men.

Darby: And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as dew from Jehovah, as showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, neither waiteth for the sons of men.

ASV: And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as dew from Jehovah, as showers upon the grass, that tarry not for man, nor wait for the sons of men.

What does Micah 5:7 Mean?

Study Notes

remnant
The ministry of the Jewish remnant Isaiah 1:9 has a twofold aspect, "a dew from the Lord"; "a lion among the beasts." Turning to the Lord in the great tribulation Psalms 2:5 . See Scofield " Revelation 7:14 ", the remnant takes up the beautiful gospel of the kingdom. See Scofield " Revelation 14:6 " and proclaims it under awful persecution "unto all nations, for a witness." Matthew 24:14 . The result is seen in Revelation 7:4-14 This is the "dew" aspect, and is followed by the "day of the Lord"; Isaiah 2:10-22 ; Revelation 19:11-21 . In the morning of which the kingdom is set up in power. Again there is a world-wide preaching to Jew and Gentile, but now it is the word that the King is on His holy hill of Zion (Psalms 2.), and the unrepentant will be broken with His rod of iron. Psalms 2:6-9 . The preaching is given in Psalms 2:10-12 . This is the "lion" aspect of the remnant's testimony. Revelation 2:26-28 . The full kingdom-age of blessing follows the "rod of iron" aspect.
remnant Remnant. See, Isaiah 1:9 .
grace Grace (in salvation). vs. 2 Corinthians 8:9 ; Romans 3:24 See note, (See Scofield " John 1:17 ") .
Remnant
Remnant, Summary: In the history of Israel, a "remnant" may be discerned, a spiritual Israel within the national Israel. In Elijah's time 7,000 had not bowed the knee to Baal 1 Kings 19:18 . In Isaiah's time it was the "very small remnant" for whose sake God still forbore to destroy the nation Isaiah 1:9 . During the captivities the remnant appears in Jews like Ezekiel, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Esther, and Mordecai. At the end of the 70 years of Babylonian captivity it was the remnant which returned under Ezra and Nehemiah. At the advent of our Lord, John the Baptist, Simeon, Anna, and "them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem" Luke 2:38 were the remnant. During the church-age the remnant is composed of believing Jews Romans 11:4 ; Romans 11:5 . But the chief interest in the remnant is prophetic. During the great tribulation a remnant out of all Israel will turn to Jesus as Messiah, and will become His witnesses after the removal of the church Revelation 7:3-8 . Some of these will undergo martyrdom Revelation 6:9-11 some will be spared to enter the millennial kingdom Zechariah 12:6 to Zechariah 13:9 . Many of the Psalms express, prophetically, the joys and sorrows of the tribulation remnant.
remnant Remnant. See, Isaiah 1:9 .
grace Grace (in salvation). vs. 2 Corinthians 8:9 ; Romans 3:24 See note, (See Scofield " John 1:17 ") .

Verse Meaning

In that day the remnant of Jacob will live all over the world scattered among the other nations. "The remnant of Jacob" is one of Micah"s favorite terms for the believing Jews living in the "last days" (cf. Micah 2:12; Micah 4:7; Micah 5:8; Micah 7:18), and here it refers to them after God judges the nations ( Micah 5:5-6). The presence of the Jews will be a divine gift to the other people of the world, as dew and rain are to the earth (cf. Genesis 12:3). God will have sent them among the nations as He sends the dew and rain; their presence there will be due to His working, not the result of human choices or national policies ultimately.

Context Summary

Micah 5:1-15 - The Deliverer From Bethlehem
This name for Bethlehem recalls Genesis 48:7. Though insignificant in size she would outshine her compeers, because of Messiah's birth, Matthew 2:6. As man, our Lord comes from David's city; but as Son of God, His goings forth are from eternity. Though the Jewish flock rejected Him, He is the Shepherd of men. He is great to the ends of the earth, and has made peace by the blood of His Cross. What though the Assyrian, whether ancient or modern, threaten us, shepherds and princes shall be raised up as delivers, Micah 5:5. The ranks of the democracy hold within themselves unbounded stores of leadership. God's people refresh the world like dew, and are lionlike in strength and courage, Micah 5:8. Horses, chariots, and walled cities, are classed with witchcrafts, etc., because they weaned away the trust of God's people. "Thou shalt no more worship the work of thy hands." [source]

Chapter Summary: Micah 5

1  The birth of Christ
4  His kingdom
8  His conquest

What do the individual words in Micah 5:7 mean?

And shall be the remnant of Jacob in the midst of peoples many Like dew from Yahweh Like showers on the grass that no tarry for man nor wait for the sons of men
וְהָיָ֣ה ׀ שְׁאֵרִ֣ית יַעֲקֹ֗ב בְּקֶ֙רֶב֙ עַמִּ֣ים רַבִּ֔ים כְּטַל֙ מֵאֵ֣ת יְהוָ֔ה כִּרְבִיבִ֖ים עֲלֵי־ עֵ֑שֶׂב אֲשֶׁ֤ר לֹֽא־ יְקַוֶּה֙ לְאִ֔ישׁ וְלֹ֥א יְיַחֵ֖ל לִבְנֵ֥י אָדָֽם

וְהָיָ֣ה ׀  And  shall  be 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Conjunctive perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: אֶהְיֶה 
Sense: to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out.
שְׁאֵרִ֣ית  the  remnant 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct
Root: שְׁאֵרִית  
Sense: rest, residue, remainder, remnant.
יַעֲקֹ֗ב  of  Jacob 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יַעֲקֹב  
Sense: son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham, and father of the 2 patriarchs of the tribes of Israel.
בְּקֶ֙רֶב֙  in  the  midst 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: קֶרֶב  
Sense: midst, among, inner part, middle.
עַמִּ֣ים  of  peoples 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: עַם 
Sense: nation, people.
רַבִּ֔ים  many 
Parse: Adjective, masculine plural
Root: רַב 
Sense: much, many, great.
כְּטַל֙  Like  dew 
Parse: Preposition-k, Noun, masculine singular
Root: טַל  
Sense: dew, night mist.
יְהוָ֔ה  Yahweh 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יהוה 
Sense: the proper name of the one true God.
כִּרְבִיבִ֖ים  Like  showers 
Parse: Preposition-k, Noun, masculine plural
Root: רְבִיבִים  
Sense: copious showers, heavy showers.
עֵ֑שֶׂב  the  grass 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: עֵשֶׂב  
Sense: herb, herbage, grass, green plants.
אֲשֶׁ֤ר  that 
Parse: Pronoun, relative
Root: אֲשֶׁר 
Sense: (relative part.).
לֹֽא־  no 
Parse: Adverb, Negative particle
Root: הֲלֹא 
Sense: not, no.
יְקַוֶּה֙  tarry 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: קָוָה 
Sense: to wait, look for, hope, expect.
לְאִ֔ישׁ  for  man 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine singular
Root: אִישׁ 
Sense: man.
וְלֹ֥א  nor 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Adverb, Negative particle
Root: הֲלֹא 
Sense: not, no.
יְיַחֵ֖ל  wait 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: יָחַל  
Sense: to wait, hope, expect.
לִבְנֵ֥י  for  the  sons 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine plural construct
Root: בֵּן 
Sense: son, grandson, child, member of a group.
אָדָֽם  of  men 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: אָדָם 
Sense: man, mankind.