Micah 7:16
New International Version
Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths and their ears will become deaf.

New Living Translation
All the nations of the world will stand amazed at what the LORD will do for you. They will be embarrassed at their feeble power. They will cover their mouths in silent awe, deaf to everything around them.

English Standard Version
The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf;

Berean Standard Bible
Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their might. They will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will become deaf.

King James Bible
The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

New King James Version
The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; They shall put their hand over their mouth; Their ears shall be deaf.

New American Standard Bible
Nations will see and be ashamed Of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, Their ears will be deaf.

NASB 1995
Nations will see and be ashamed Of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, Their ears will be deaf.

NASB 1977
Nations will see and be ashamed Of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, Their ears will be deaf.

Amplified Bible
The [pagan] nations shall see [God’s omnipotence in delivering Israel] and be ashamed Of all their might [which cannot be compared to His]. They shall put their hand on their mouth [in silent astonishment]; Their ears shall be deaf.

Christian Standard Bible
Nations will see and be ashamed of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will become deaf.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Nations will see and be ashamed of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will become deaf.

American Standard Version
The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hand upon their mouth; their ears shall be deaf.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the nations shall see and they shall be ashamed of all their might; they shall put their hands on their mouths and their ears shall become deaf

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The nations shall see and be ashamed; and at all their might they shall lay their hands upon their mouth, their ears shall be deafened.

Contemporary English Version
Nations will see this and be ashamed because of their helpless armies. They will be in shock, unable to speak or hear,

Douay-Rheims Bible
The nations shall see, and shall be confounded at all their strength: they shall put the hand upon the mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

Good News Translation
The nations will see this and be frustrated in spite of all their strength. In dismay they will close their mouths and cover their ears.

International Standard Version
The nations will look on and will be ashamed in spite of all their power; they will cup their hands over their mouths, and their ears will be deaf.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The nations shall see and be put to shame for all their might; They shall lay their hand upon their mouth, Their ears shall be deaf.

Literal Standard Version
Nations see, and they are ashamed of all their might, They lay a hand on the mouth, their ears are deaf.

New American Bible
The nations will see and will be put to shame, in spite of all their strength; They will put their hands over their mouths; their ears will become deaf.

NET Bible
Nations will see this and be disappointed by all their strength, they will put their hands over their mouths, and act as if they were deaf.

New Revised Standard Version
The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf;

New Heart English Bible
The nations will see and be ashamed of all their might. They will lay their hand on their mouth. Their ears will be deaf.

World English Bible
The nations will see and be ashamed of all their might. They will lay their hand on their mouth. Their ears will be deaf.

Young's Literal Translation
See do nations, and they are ashamed of all their might, They lay a hand on the mouth, their ears are deaf.

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Compassion on Israel
15As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show My wonders. 16Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their might. They will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will become deaf. 17They will lick the dust like a snake, like reptiles slithering on the ground. They will crawl from their holes in the presence of the LORD our God; they will tremble in fear of You.…

Cross References
Proverbs 30:32
If you have foolishly exalted yourself or if you have plotted evil, put your hand over your mouth.

Isaiah 26:11
O LORD, Your hand is upraised, but they do not see it. They will see Your zeal for Your people and be put to shame. The fire set for Your enemies will consume them!

Micah 3:7
Then the seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be disgraced. They will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God."

Haggai 2:22
I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overturn chariots and their riders; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.


Treasury of Scripture

The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand on their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

nations.

Micah 5:8
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

Psalm 126:2
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

Isaiah 26:11
LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

lay.

Job 21:5
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.

Job 29:9,10
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth…

Job 40:4
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.











Verse 16. - Shall see. The heathen shall see these marvellous things. Be confounded at (ashamed of) all their might. Hostile nations shall be ashamed when they find the impotence of their boasted power. Compare the effect of the Exodus on contiguous nations (Exodus 15:14, etc.; Joshua 2:9, 10). They shall lay their hand upon their mouth. They shall be silent from awe and astonishment (Judges 18:19; Job 21:5; Isaiah 52:15). Their ears shall be deaf. Their senses shall be stupefied by the wonders which they see - that which Job (Job 26:14) calls "the thunder of his mighty deeds." There may also be an allusion to their wilful obstinacy, and unbelief.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Nations
גוֹיִם֙ (ḡō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

will see
יִרְא֤וּ (yir·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7200: To see

and be ashamed,
וְיֵבֹ֔שׁוּ (wə·yê·ḇō·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

deprived of all
מִכֹּ֖ל (mik·kōl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

their might.
גְּבֽוּרָתָ֑ם (gə·ḇū·rā·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1369: Force, valor, victory

They will put
יָשִׂ֤ימוּ (yā·śî·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

their hands
יָד֙ (yāḏ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

over
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

their mouths,
פֶּ֔ה (peh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and their ears
אָזְנֵיהֶ֖ם (’ā·zə·nê·hem)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's 241: Broadness, the ear

will become deaf.
תֶּחֱרַֽשְׁנָה׃ (te·ḥĕ·raš·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise


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