Psalm 72:9
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New International Version
May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust.

King James Bible
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

Darby Bible Translation
The dwellers in the desert shall bow before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust.

World English Bible
Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him. His enemies shall lick the dust.

Young's Literal Translation
Before him bow do the inhabitants of the dry places, And his enemies lick the dust.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They that dwell in the wilderness - The ציים tsiyim, termed Ethiopians by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, and Arabic. The Syriac terms them the islands. But it is likely that those who dwell by the sea-coasts, and support themselves by navigation and fishing, are here intended.

His enemies shall lick the dust - Shall be so completely subdued, that they shall be reduced to the most abject state of vassalage, till they shall become proselytes to the Jewish faith.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

they that

1 Kings 9:18,20,21 And Baalath, and Tadmor in the wilderness, in the land...

Isaiah 35:1,2 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose...

his enemies

Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Psalm 21:8,9 Your hand shall find out all your enemies: your right hand shall find out those that hate you...

Psalm 110:1,6 The LORD said to my Lord, Sit you at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool...

Luke 19:27 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring here, and slay them before me.

lick

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers...

Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth...

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The Eternal Name
It is pleasant, then, to find that there is one thing which is to last for ever. Concerning that one thing we hope to speak to-night, if God will enable me to preach, and you to hear. "His name shall endure for ever." First, the religion sanctified by his name shall endure for ever; secondly, the honor of his name shall endure for ever; and thirdly, the saving, comforting power of his name shall endure for ever. I. First, the religion of the name of Jesus is to endure for ever. When impostors forged
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

Jesus --"All Blessing and all Blest"
THERE are many famous names in human history; but many of them are connected with deeds which have brought no blessing upon mankind. To bless, and to be blessed, is the noblest sort of fame; and yet how few have thought it worth the seeking! Full many a name in the roll of fame has been written there with a finger dipped in blood. It would seem as if men loved those most who have killed the most of them. They call those greatest who have been the greatest cutthroats. They make their greatest illuminations
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

The Millennium in Relation to Sin.
In spite of the fact that Satan will have been removed from the earth, and that Christ reigns in person over it, yet conditions here will not be perfect even in the Millennium. Unregenerate human nature will remain unchanged. Sin will still be present, though much of its outward manifestation will be restrained. Discontent and wickedness will not be eradicated from the hearts of men, but will be kept beneath the surface by means of the Iron Rod. Multitudes will yield to Christ nothing but a "feigned
Arthur W. Pink—The Redeemer's Return

The Millennium in Relation to the World.
The Millennium will be the time, when, instead of Satan being the world's "Prince," the Christ of God shall be its King. The form of His government will be theocratic not democratic--"And the Lord shall be King over all the earth" (Zech. 14:9). The scope or range of His government will be world-wide. All nations will be subject to His rule, and the uttermost parts of the earth shall be possessed by Him. "He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that
Arthur W. Pink—The Redeemer's Return

Cross References
Psalm 22:29
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him-- those who cannot keep themselves alive.

Psalm 74:14
It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.

Isaiah 23:13
Look at the land of the Babylonians, this people that is now of no account! The Assyrians have made it a place for desert creatures; they raised up their siege towers, they stripped its fortresses bare and turned it into a ruin.

Isaiah 49:23
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed."

Micah 7:17
They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the LORD our God and will be afraid of you.

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