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Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk :Introduction 1 2 3

Habakkuk's Prayer
1 This is my prayer:
j 3.1 prayer: The Hebrew text adds “according to the shigionoth,” which may mean a prayer of request or a prayer to be accompanied by a special musical instrument.
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1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
upon...: or, according to variable songs, or, tunes, called in Hebrew, Shigionoth
2 I know your reputation, Lord,
and I am amazed
at what you have done.
Please turn from your anger
and be merciful;
do for us what you did
for our ancestors.
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.
speech: Heb. report, or, hearing
revive: or, preserve alive

3 You are the same Holy God
who came from Teman
and Paran
k 3.3 Teman ... Paran: Teman is a district in Edom, but the name is sometimes used of the whole country of Edom; Paran is the hill country along the western border of the Gulf of Aqaba. In Judges 5.4, the Lord is said to have marched from Edom to help his people; in Deuteronomy 33.2, Paran is mentioned in connection with the Lord's appearance at Sinai.
to help us.
The brightness of your glory
covered the heavens,
and your praises were heard
everywhere on earth.
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.
Teman: or, the south
4 Your glory shone like the sun,
and light flashed from your hands,
hiding your mighty power.
4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
horns...: or, bright beams out of his side
5 Dreadful diseases and plagues
marched in front
and followed behind.
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
coals: or, diseases
6 When you stopped,
the earth shook;
when you stared,
nations trembled;
when you walked
along your ancient paths,
eternal mountains and hills
crumbled and collapsed.
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.
7 The tents of desert tribes
in Cushan and Midian
l 3.7 Cushan and Midian: Tribes of the Arabian desert who were enemies of Israel.
were ripped apart.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
Cushan: or, Ethiopia
in...: or, under affliction, or, vanity

8 Our Lord, were you angry
with the monsters
of the deep?
m 3.8 monsters of the deep: The Hebrew text has “rivers and oceans,” which may stand for the powerful monsters that were thought to have lived there before the Lord defeated them.
You attacked in your chariot
and wiped them out.
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?
of...: or, were salvation?
9 Your arrows were ready
and obeyed your commands.
n 3.9 obeyed your commands: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

You split the earth apart
with rivers and streams;
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.
earth...: or, rivers of the earth
10 mountains trembled
at the sight of you;
rain poured from the clouds;
ocean waves roared and rose.
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.
11 The sun and moon stood still,
while your arrows and spears
flashed like lightning.
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.
at the light...: or, thine arrows walked in the light

12 In your furious anger,
you trampled on nations
12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
13 to rescue your people
and save your chosen one.
o 3.13 chosen one: Or “chosen ones.”
You crushed a nation's ruler
and stripped his evil kingdom
of its power.
p 3.13 You crushed ... power: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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.
by...: Heb. making naked
14 His troops had come like a storm,
hoping to scatter us
and glad to gobble us down.
To them we were refugees
in hiding—
but you smashed their heads
with their own weapons.
q 3.14 but you ... weapons: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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.
came...: Heb. were tempestuous
15 Then your chariots churned
the waters of the sea.
15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
heap: or, mud
Habakkuk's Response to God's Message
16 When I heard this message,
r 3.16 heard this message: Or “saw this vision.”
I felt weak from fear,
and my lips quivered.
My bones seemed to melt,
and I stumbled around.
But I will patiently wait.
Someday those vicious enemies
will be struck by disaster.
s 3.16 I will ... disaster: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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.
invade...: or, cut them in pieces
Trust in a Time of Trouble
17 Fig trees may no longer bloom,
or vineyards produce grapes;
olive trees may be fruitless,
and harvest time a failure;
sheep pens may be empty,
and cattle stalls vacant—
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:
fall: Heb. lie
18 but I will still celebrate
because the Lord God
saves me.
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord gives me strength.
3.19 2S 22.34; Ps 18.33.
He makes my feet as sure
as those of a deer,
and he helps me stand
on the mountains.
t 3.19 stand on the mountains: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

To the music director:
Use stringed instruments.
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.
stringed...: Heb. Neginoth

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