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

New Living Translation
Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.

English Standard Version
May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!

New American Standard Bible
Let the nomads of the desert 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May desert tribes kneel before him and his enemies lick the dust.

International Standard Version
May the nomads bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust.

NET Bible
Before him the coastlands will bow down, and his enemies will lick the dust.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The islands shall bow before him and his enemies will lick up the dust.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May the people of the desert kneel in front of him. May his enemies lick the dust.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let them that dwell in the wilderness bow before him; And his enemies lick the dust.

New American Standard 1977
Let the nomads of the desert bow before him;
            And his enemies lick the dust.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust.

King James 2000 Bible
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

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

American Standard Version
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before him the Ethiopians shall fall down: and his enemies shall lick the ground.

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

English Revised Version
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that dwell in the wilderness 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
72:2-17 This is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ; many passages in it cannot be applied to the reign of Solomon. There were righteousness and peace at first in the administration of his government; but, before the end of his reign, there were troubles and unrighteousness. The kingdom here spoken of is to last as long as the sun, but Solomon's was soon at an end. Even the Jewish expositors understood it of the kingdom of the Messiah. Observe many great and precious promises here made, which were to have full accomplishment only in the kingdom of Christ. As far as his kingdom is set up, discord and contentions cease, in families, churches, and nations. The law of Christ, written in the heart, disposes men to be honest and just, and to render to all their due; it likewise disposes men to live in love, and so produces abundance of peace. Holiness and love shall be lasting in Christ's kingdom. Through all the changes of the world, and all the changes of life, Christ's kingdom will support itself. And he shall, by the graces and comforts of his Spirit, come down like rain upon the mown grass; not on that cut down, but that which is left growing, that it may spring again. His gospel has been, or shall be, preached to all nations. Though he needs not the services of any, yet he must be served with the best. Those that have the wealth of this world, must serve Christ with it, do good with it. Prayer shall be made through him, or for his sake; whatever we ask of the Father, should be in his name. Praises shall be offered to him: we are under the highest obligations to him. Christ only shall be feared throughout all generations. To the end of time, and to eternity, his name shall be praised. All nations shall call HIM blessed.
Study Bible
Give the King Your Justice
8May he also rule from sea to sea And from the River to the ends of the earth. 9Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, And his enemies lick the dust. 10Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.…
Cross References
Psalm 22:29
All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.

Psalm 74:14
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

Isaiah 23:13
Behold, the land of the Chaldeans-- this is the people which was not; Assyria appointed it for desert creatures-- they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, they made it a ruin.

Isaiah 49:23
"Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth And lick the dust of your feet; And you will know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.

Micah 7:17
They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. They will come trembling out of their fortresses; To the LORD our God they will come in dread And they will be afraid before You.
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Micah 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their …

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