The Book of Habakkuk
Introduction to the Book of Habakkuk in
Habakkuk 1:13 - [Thou
art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:
wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy
tongue when the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he?
Habakkuk 2:4 -
Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall
live by his faith.
Habakkuk 3:16-19 -
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.
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: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
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
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Bible Survey - Habakkuk
Summary of The Book of Habakkuk
Hebrew Name - Chavaquq
Greek Name - Habakkouk (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Habakkuk (According to Tradition)
Date - 626 BC Approximately
Theme - The Judgement of the Babylonians
Types and Shadows - In Habakkuk Jesus will judge the oppressors
of Habakkuk. � � 1:1-4 � � Habakkuk complains about violence and oppression
in Judah � � 1:5-11 � � the Chaldeans (Babylonians) will be God's instruments �
� 1:12-17 � � Habakkuk protests about using the Babylonians as the oppressors �
� 2:1-5 � � the righteous shall live by faith and the wicked shall perish � �
2:6-20 � � five woes against the oppressors � � 3:1-19 � � God will come to save
The prophet Habakkuk asked God two questions: (1) Why would you allow so much
corruption to continue in the land of Judah for so long without being punished?
God told Habakkuk that he was going to do something spectacular, He was raising
up the cruel and violent Babylonians to come and crush the land of Judah. (2)
Why would a holy God allow such a wicked people as the Babylonians to come and
ravage the land of Judah whom He loves? God told Habakkuk that the Babylonians
are fearless and determined and they scoff at Kings, and they would become his
instrument of judgment because of the land of Judah's wickedness for they had
forsaken God. But the mighty Babylonians would have a day of judgment coming
upon themselves as well. Habakkuk also gave hope to God's people of a future
glory where the "earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the
Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14).
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There is little known about the man Habakkuk, he began to prophesy
around the same time as Jeremiah in the latter part of the seventh century BC.
This was a time after the northern kingdom of Israel have fallen, and only the
southern kingdom of Judah remained. They had their moments of glory yet their
disobedience was uncurable, and the Babylonians were on the rise.
Outline of the Book of Habakkuk
Habakkuk makes complaints against God and God's answers to
these complaints. Habakkuk exemplifies a great faith and a high conception of
God, but he is perplexed because events have not taken the course which he had
The first complaint which he brings is in Habakkuk 1:2-4 and he says that his preaching
to the people has not resulted in repentance on their part: God's answer to this
is that he is raising up the Chaldeans to punish the Jews for their disobedience
(Habakkuk 1:5-11). This leads Habakkuk to his second complaint -
Why would God punish His own people at the hand of a nation which is even more wicked
and unholy than that which is being punished? (Habakkuk 1:12-2:1). God then assures Habakkuk
that the Chaldeans are not to go without punishment and that unwavering faith on
the part of the Jews will ultimately be rewarded (Habakkuk 2:2-4). Habakkuk 2:5-20 contains
a condemnation and threat of punishment for aggression, violence, and idolatry.
The final chapter of the book is a song of praise of God and His judgment,
exemplifying belief in the principle set out in Habakkuk 2:4, "the just shall live by his
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