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Habakkuk 2

 

 

Introduction
1Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, is shewn that he must wait by faith.
5The judgment upon the Chaldean for unsatiableness,
9for covetousness,
12for cruelty,
15for drunkenness,
18and for idolatry.

Verse 1
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
stand
Psalms 73:16,17; Isaiah 21:8,11,12
tower
Heb. fenced place.
2 Samuel 18:24; 2 Kings 9:17; 17:9; Isaiah 21:5; 62:6
and will
1:12-17; Psalms 85:8
unto me
or, in me.
2 Corinthians 13:3; Galatians 1:16
when I am reproved
or, when I am argued with. Heb. upon my reproof, or arguing.
Job 23:5-7; 31:35,37; Jeremiah 12:1

Verse 2
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Write
Deuteronomy 27:8; 31:19,22; Isaiah 8:1; 30:8; Jeremiah 36:2-4,27-32; Daniel 12:4; Revelation 1:18,19; 14:13; 19:9; 21:5-8
make
John 11:28,29; 1 Corinthians 14:19; 2 Corinthians 3:12

Verse 3
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
the vision
Jeremiah 27:7; Daniel 8:19; 9:24-27; 10:1,14; 11:27,35; Acts 1:7; 17:26; Galatians 4:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8
but
Exodus 12:41; Psalms 102:13; Jeremiah 25:12-14; Hebrews 10:36
wait
2 Kings 6:33; Psalms 27:14; 130:5,6; Isaiah 30:18; Lamentations 3:25,26; Micah 7:7; Luke 2:25; James 5:7,8
it will surely
Luke 18:7,8; 2 Peter 2:3

Verse 4
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
his
Job 40:11,12; Daniel 4:30,37; 5:20-23; Luke 18:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; 1 Peter 5:5
but
John 3:36; Romans 1:17; Galatians 2:16; 3:11,12; Hebrews 10:38; 1 John 5:10-12

Verse 5
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
Yea also
or, How much more. he transgresseth.
Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-33; 31:4,5; Isaiah 5:11,12,22,23; 21:5; Jeremiah 51:39; Daniel 5:1-4,23; Nahum 1:9,10
a proud man
4; Psalms 138:6; Proverbs 30:13,14; Isaiah 2:11,12,17; 16:6; Jeremiah 50:29; Daniel 5:20-23; James 4:6
keepeth
2 Kings 14:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; *Gr:
who
Isaiah 5:8; 10:7-13
as hell
Proverbs 27:20; 30:15,16; Ecclesiastes 5:10
gathereth
8-10; Isaiah 14:16,17; Jeremiah 25:9,17-29

Verse 6
Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
take
Numbers 23:7,18; Isaiah 14:4-19; Jeremiah 29:22; 50:13; Ezekiel 32:21; Micah 2:4
Woe to him
or, Ho, he. that increaseth.
1:9,10,15; Job 20:15-29; 22:6-10; Proverbs 22:16; Jeremiah 51:34,35; James 5:1-4
how
Psalms 94:3; Luke 12:20; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; 1 Peter 4:7
ladeth
13; Isaiah 44:20; 55:2

Verse 7
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
they
Proverbs 29:1; Isaiah 13:1-5,16-18; 21:2-9; 41:25; 45:1-3; 46:11; 47:11; Isaiah 48:14,15; Jeremiah 50:21-32; 51:11,27,28,57; Daniel 5:25-31; Nahum 1:9,10; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
bite
Ecclesiastes 10:8; Jeremiah 8:17

Verse 8
Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
thou
10,17; Isaiah 33:1,4; Jeremiah 27:7; 30:16; 50:10,37; 51:13,44,48,55,56; Zechariah 2:8,9
blood
Heb. bloods.
the violence
Psalms 137:8; Isaiah 47:6; Jeremiah 50:11,17,18,28,33,34; 51:8,24,34,35; Micah 4:11-13; Zechariah 1:15; 2:8; 12:2-4; 14:12; Revelation 6:10; 18:20-24

Verse 9
Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
that coveteth an evil covetousness
or, that gaineth an evil gain.
Genesis 13:10-13; 19:26-38; Deuteronomy 7:25,26; Joshua 7:21-26; 1 Kings 21:2-4,19-24; 2 Kings 5:20-27; Job 20:19-28; Jeremiah 22:13-19; Zechariah 5:1-4; Acts 1:17-25; Jude 1:11
set
Psalms 10:3-6; 49:11; 52:7; Proverbs 18:11,12; Isaiah 28:15; 47:7-9; Jeremiah 49:16; Obadiah 1:4
power of evil
Heb. palm of the hand.

Verse 10
Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
consulted
2 Kings 9:26; 10:7; Isaiah 14:20-22; Jeremiah 22:30; 36:31; Nahum 1:14; Matthew 27:25
sinned
Numbers 16:38; 1 Kings 2:23; Proverbs 1:18; 8:36; Isaiah 33:11

Verse 11
For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
the stone
Genesis 4:10; Joshua 24:27; Job 31:38-40; Luke 19:40; Hebrews 12:24; James 5:3,4; Revelation 6:10
beam
or, piece. or, fastening. answer it. or, witness against it.

Verse 12
Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
him
Genesis 4:11-17; Joshua 6:26; 1 Kings 16:34; Jeremiah 22:13-17; Ezekiel 24:9; Daniel 4:27-31; Micah 3:10; Nahum 3:1; John 11:47-50; Revelation 17:6
blood
Heb. bloods.

Verse 13
Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
is it
Genesis 11:6-9; 2 Samuel 15:31; Job 5:13,14; Psalms 39:6; 127:1,2; Proverbs 21:30; Isaiah 41:5-8; 50:11; 55:2; Jeremiah 51:58,64; Malachi 1:4
for very vanity
or, in vain.

Verse 14
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
the earth
Psalms 22:27; 67:1,2; 72:19; 86:9; 98:1-3; Isaiah 6:3; 11:9; Zechariah 14:8,9; Revelation 11:15; 15:4
with the knowledge of the glory
or, by knowing the glory.

Verse 15
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
unto
Genesis 19:32-35; 2 Samuel 11:13; 13:26-28; Jeremiah 25:15; 51:7; Revelation 17:2,6; 18:3
that puttest
Hosea 7:5
that thou
Genesis 9:22; Exodus 32:25

Verse 16
Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.
with shame for glory
or, more with shame than with glory.
Proverbs 3:35; Isaiah 47:3; Hosea 4:7; Philippians 3:19
drink
Psalms 75:8; Isaiah 49:26; 51:21-23; Jeremiah 25:26,27; 51:57; Revelation 18:6
and let
Isaiah 20:4; 47:3; Nahum 3:5
the cup
Jeremiah 25:27-29
and shameful
Isaiah 28:7,8; Hosea 7:5

Verse 17
For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
the violence
Zechariah 11:1
because
8; Psalms 55:23; 137:8; Proverbs 28:17; Revelation 18:20-24
of the city
Jeremiah 50:28,33,34; 51:24,34-37

Verse 18
What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
profiteth
Isaiah 37:38; 42:17; 44:9,10; 45:16,20; 46:1,2,6-8; Jeremiah 2:27,28; 10:3-5; Jeremiah 50:2; Romans 6:21
a teacher
Jeremiah 10:8,14,15; Jonah 2:8; Zechariah 10:2; Romans 1:23-25; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; Revelation 13:11-15; 19:20
that the
Psalms 115:4-8; 135:15-18; Isaiah 1:31; 44:14-20
maker of his work
Heb. fashioner of his fashion. dumb.
1 Corinthians 12:2

Verse 19
Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
that
1 Kings 18:26-29; Psalms 97:7; Isaiah 44:17; Jeremiah 51:47; Daniel 3:7,18,29; 5:23; Jonah 1:5
it is
Isaiah 40:19; 46:6; Jeremiah 10:4,9; Daniel 3:1; Acts 17:29; Revelation 17:4
and there
Psalms 135:17

Verse 20
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
the Lord
Psalms 11:4; 115:3; 132:13,14; Isaiah 6:1; 66:1,6; Jonah 2:4,7; Ephesians 2:21,22
let all the earth keep silence before him
Heb. be silent all the earth before him.
Psalms 46:10; 76:8,9; Zephaniah 1:7; Zechariah 2:13

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Habakkuk 2:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/habakkuk-2.html.

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Sunday, October 13th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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