Psalm 72:9
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!

Berean Study Bible
May the nomads bow 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Force the desert tribes to accept his rule, and make his enemies crawl in the dirt.

Good News Translation
The peoples of the desert will bow down before him; his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The Ethiopians shall fall down 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.
Study Bible
Endow the King with Your Justice
8May he rule from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth. 9May the nomads bow before him, and his enemies lick the dust. 10May the kings of Tarshish and distant shores bring tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.…
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--even those unable to preserve their lives.

Psalm 74:14
You crushed the heads of Leviathan; You fed him to the creatures of the desert.

Isaiah 23:13
Look at the land of the Chaldeans--a people now of no account. The Assyrians destined it for the desert creatures; they set up their siege towers and stripped its palaces. They brought it to ruin.

Isaiah 49:23
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow to you facedown and lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in Me will never be put to shame."

Micah 7:17
They 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.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Psalm 21:8,9
Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee…

Psalm 110:1,6
A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool…

lick

Isaiah 49:23
And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

Micah 7:17
They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.







Lexicon
May the nomads
צִיִּ֑ים (ṣî·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6728: Wild beast of the desert, that dwell in inhabiting the wilderness

bow
יִכְרְע֣וּ (yiḵ·rə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3766: To bend the knee, to sink, to prostrate

before him,
לְ֭פָנָיו (lə·p̄ā·nāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

and his enemies
וְ֝אֹיְבָ֗יו (wə·’ō·yə·ḇāw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 341: Hating, an adversary

lick
יְלַחֵֽכוּ׃ (yə·la·ḥê·ḵū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3897: To lick

the dust.
עָפָ֥ר (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud
(9) They that dwell in the wilderness. . . .--The Hebrew word in other places is used of "wild animals" (Psalm 74:14; Isaiah 23:13). Here apparently it refers to the nomad tribes wandering over the desert. The LXX. and ancient versions generally have "'thiopians."

Lick the dust.--The allusion is to the Eastern etiquette of prostration before a sovereign.

Verse 9. - They that dwell in the wilderness shall how before him (for the meaning here assigned to tsiyyim (ציּים), see Psalm 74:14; Isaiah 23:13). The wild tribes of the Syrian and Arabian deserts are probably intended (comp. Isaiah 60:6, 7). And his enemies shall lick the dust; i.e., prostrate themselves at his feet with their faces in the dust. See the Assyrian representations of Oriental prostrations ('Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 1, pp. 266, 502). 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.
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