BDB2334 [H2119]

I. [זָחַל] verb shrink back, crawl away (Aramaic זְחַל crawl (also drop, drip, of water: so Late Hebrew זָחַל), זָחֵיל worm; Syriac locust (as crawling); Arabic withdraw, retire to a distance (see Lane, Wetzst in DeHiob 2, 428), and Sabean זחֿל withdraw, humble oneself DHMZMG 1875, 610) —

Qal only Participle plural construct זֹחֲלֵי Deut 32:24; Mic 7:17crawl, of reptiles (participle) זֹחֲלֵי עָפָר Deut 32:24 i.e. serpents (as poisonous), instruments of Yahweh's judgment on Israel; ארץ ׳ז Mic 7:17 id. (as crawling into the earth to hide), simile of nations in fear of ׳י.

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