Perished hath the kind out of the land, And upright among men -- there are none, All of them for blood lie in wait, Each his brother they hunt with a net.
Micah 7:2 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The good man is perished out of the earth - A similar sentiment may be found, Psalm 12:1; Isaiah 57:1. As the early fig of excellent flavor cannot be found in the advanced season of summer, or a choice cluster of grapes after vintage, so neither can the good and upright man be discovered by searching in Israel. This comparison, says Bp. Newcome, is beautifully implied.
They hunt every man his brother with a net - This appears to be an allusion to the ancient mode of duel between the retiarius and secutor. The former had a casting net, which he endeavoured to throw over the head of his antagonist, that he might then despatch him with his short sword. The other parried the cast; and when the retiarius missed, he was obliged to run about the field to get time to set his net in right order for another throw. While he ran, the other followed, that he might despatch him before he should be able to recover the proper position of his net; and hence the latter was called secutor, the pursuer, as the other was called retiarius, or the net man. I have explained this before on Job, and other places; but because it is rarely noticed by commentators, I explain the allusion here once more. Abp. Newcome by not attending to this, has translated איש את אחיהו יצודו חרם ish eth achihu yatsudu cherem, "They hunt every man his brother for his destruction;" though he put net in the margin.
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good. or, godly, or, merciful. is perished.
Psalm 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
Psalm 14:1-3 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good...
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away...
Romans 3:10-18 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...
Proverbs 1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privately for the innocent without cause:
Proverbs 12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity...
Jeremiah 5:16 Their quiver is as an open sepulcher, they are all mighty men.
1 Samuel 24:11 Moreover, my father, see, yes, see the skirt of your robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of your robe, and killed you not...
1 Samuel 26:20 Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the LORD: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea...
Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dig a pit before me...
Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
Jeremiah 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, said the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters...
Lamentations 4:18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
Habakkuk 1:15-17 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag...
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