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Habakkuk 3

 

 

Introduction
1Habakkuk, in his prayer, trembles at God's majesty.
17The confidence of his faith.

Verse 1
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
prayer
Psalms 86:1-17; *title; Psalms 90:1-17; *title
upon Shigionoth
or, according to variable songs, or tunes, called in Hebrew, Shigionoth.
Psalms 7:1-17; *title

Verse 2
O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
I have
16; 1:5-10; Exodus 9:20,21; 2 Chronicles 34:27,28; Job 4:12-21; Psalms 119:120; Isaiah 66:2; Jeremiah 36:21-24; Daniel 8:17; Hebrews 11:7; 12:21; Revelation 15:4
speech
Heb. report, or hearing.
Isaiah 53:1; Romans 10:16
O Lord
Ezra 9:8; Psalms 85:6; 90:13-17; 138:7,8; Isaiah 51:9-11; 63:15-19; 64:1-4; Hosea 6:2,3; John 10:10; Philippians 1:6
revive
or, preserve alive. in the.
Jeremiah 25:11,12; 52:31-34; Daniel 9:2
in wrath
Exodus 32:10-12; Numbers 14:10-23; 16:46,47; 2 Samuel 24:10-17; Psalms 6:1,2; 38:1; Psalms 78:38; Jeremiah 10:24; 29:10; Lamentations 3:32; Zechariah 1:12

Verse 3
God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
came
Judges 5:4,5; Psalms 68:7,8; Isaiah 64:3
from
Genesis 36:11; Jeremiah 49:7; Amos 1:12; Obadiah 1:9
Teman
or, the south. Paran.
Genesis 21:21; Numbers 10:12; Deuteronomy 33:2; 1 Samuel 25:1
Selah
Psalms 3:2,4; 4:4; 9:16,20
His glory
Exodus 19:16-20; 20:18; 24:15-17; Deuteronomy 5:24; Psalms 68:17; 114:3-7
and the earth
Isaiah 6:3; 2 Corinthians 3:7-11; Revelation 5:13,14

Verse 4
And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
brightness
Exodus 13:21; 14:20; Nehemiah 9:12; Psalms 104:2; Isaiah 60:19,20; Matthew 17:2; 1 Timothy 6:16; Revelation 21:23; 22:5
horns coming out of his hand
or, bright beams out of his side. the hiding.
Job 26:14; Proverbs 18:10

Verse 5
Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
went
Exodus 12:29,30; Numbers 14:12; 16:46-49; Psalms 78:50,51; Nahum 1:2,3
and
Psalms 18:7-13
burning coals
or, burning diseases.
Deuteronomy 32:24

Verse 6
He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
and measured
Exodus 15:17; 21:31; Numbers 34:1-29; Deuteronomy 32:8; Acts 17:26
and drove
Joshua 10:42; 11:18-23; Nehemiah 9:22-24; Psalms 135:8-12
the everlasting
10; Genesis 49:26; Deuteronomy 33:15; Judges 5:5; Psalms 68:16; 114:4-7; Isaiah 64:1-3; Nahum 1:5; Zechariah 14:4,5
his
Psalms 90:2; 103:17; Isaiah 51:6,8; Micah 5:8; Matthew 24:35; Luke 1:50; Hebrews 13:8

Verse 7
I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
saw the
Exodus 15:14-16; Numbers 22:3,4; Joshua 2:10; 9:24
Cushan
or, Ethiopia.
Genesis 10:6,7
in affliction
or, under affliction, or vanity. Midian.
Genesis 25:1-4; Numbers 31:2-12; Psalms 83:5-10

Verse 8
Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
the Lord
Exodus 14:21,22; Joshua 3:16,17; Psalms 114:3,5; Isaiah 50:2; Nahum 1:4; Mark 4:39; Revelation 16:12
ride
15; Deuteronomy 33:26,27; Psalms 18:10; 45:4; 68:4,17; 104:3; Isaiah 19:1; Revelation 6:2; Revelation 19:11,14
of salvation
or, were salvation.

Verse 9
Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
bow
Deuteronomy 32:23; Psalms 7:12,13; 35:1-3; Isaiah 51:9,10; 52:10; Lamentations 2:4
according
Genesis 15:18-21; 17:7,8; 22:16-18; 26:3,4; 28:13,14; Psalms 105:8-11; Luke 1:72-75; Hebrews 6:13-18
Selah
9; Psalms 143:6
Thou
Exodus 17:6; Numbers 20:11; Psalms 78:15,16; 105:41; 1 Corinthians 10:4
the earth with rivers
or, the rivers of the earth.

Verse 10
The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
mountains
6; Exodus 19:16-18; Judges 5:4,5; Psalms 68:7,8; 77:18; 97:4,5; 114:4,6; Isaiah 64:1,2; Jeremiah 4:24; Micah 1:4; Nahum 1:5; Matthew 27:51; Revelation 6:14; 20:11
the overflowing
Exodus 14:22-28; Joshua 3:15,16; 4:18,23,24; Nehemiah 9:11; Psalms 18:15; 66:6; Psalms 74:13-15; 77:16-19; 114:3-8; 136:13-15; Isaiah 11:15,16; 63:11-13; Hebrews 11:29; Revelation 16:12
the deep
Psalms 65:13; 93:3; 96:11-13; 98:7,8; Isaiah 43:20; 55:12

Verse 11
The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
sun
Joshua 10:12,13; Isaiah 28:21; 38:8
habitation
Psalms 19:4
at the light of thine arrows they went
or, thine arrows walked in the light.
Joshua 10:11; Psalms 18:12-14; 77:17,18; 144:5,6

Verse 12
Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
didst march
Numbers 21:23-35; Joshua 6:1-12; Nehemiah 9:22-24; Psalms 44:1-3; 78:55; Acts 13:19
thresh
Jeremiah 51:33; Amos 1:3; Micah 4:12,13

Verse 13
Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
wentest
Exodus 14:13,14; 15:1,2; Psalms 68:7,19-23
with
Psalms 77:20; 89:19-21; 99:6; 105:15,26; Isaiah 63:11
thou woundedst
Exodus 12:29,30; Joshua 10:11,24,42; 11:8,12; Psalms 18:37-45; 68:21; 74:13,14; Psalms 110:6
discovering
Heb. making naked.

Verse 14
Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
the head
Exodus 11:4-7; 12:12,13,29,30; 14:17,18; Psalms 78:50,51; 83:9-11
they
Exodus 14:5-9; 15:9,10; Psalms 83:2,8; 118:10-12; Acts 4:27,28
came out
Heb. were tempestuous.
Daniel 11:40; Zechariah 9:14
their
Exodus 1:10-16,22; Psalms 10:8; 64:2-7

Verse 15
Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
walk
8; Psalms 77:19
heap
or, mud.

Verse 16
When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
I heard
2; 1:5-11
my belly
Psalms 119:120; Jeremiah 23:9; Ezekiel 3:14; Daniel 8:27; 10:8
that I
Psalms 91:15; 94:12,13; Isaiah 26:20,21; Jeremiah 15:10,11; 45:3-5; Ezekiel 9:4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9
he will
1:6; Deuteronomy 28:49-52; 2 Kings 24:1,2; Jeremiah 25:9-11
invade them
or cut them in pieces.

Verse 17
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
the fig-tree
Deuteronomy 28:15-18,30-41; Jeremiah 14:2-8; Joel 1:10-13,16-18; Amos 4:6-10; Haggai 2:16,17
fail
Heb. lie.

Verse 18
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
I will rejoice
Deuteronomy 12:18; 1 Samuel 2:1; Job 13:15; Psalms 33:1; 46:1-5; 85:6; 97:12; 104:34; Psalms 118:15; 149:2; Isaiah 41:16; 61:10; Zechariah 10:7; Luke 1:46,47; Romans 5:2,3; Philippians 4:4; James 1:2,9,10; 1 Peter 1:8; 4:12,13
the God
Exodus 15:2; Psalms 25:5; 27:1; 118:14; Isaiah 12:2; Micah 7:7; Luke 2:30

Verse 19
The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
my strength
Psalms 18:1; 27:1; 46:1; Isaiah 12:2; 45:24; Zechariah 10:12; 2 Corinthians 12:9,10; Ephesians 3:16; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11
like
2 Samuel 22:34; Psalms 18:33
to walk
Deuteronomy 32:13; 33:29; Isaiah 58:14
stringed instruments
Heb. Neginoth.
Psalms 4:1-8; 6:1-10; 54:1-7; 55:1-23; 67:1-7; 76:1-12; *titles

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/habakkuk-3.html.

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