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Habakkuk 3

1 - A prayer of Habakkuk, the prophet, set to victorious music.
2 - The LORD, I have heard of your fame.I stand in awe of your deeds, The LORD.Renew your work in the middle of the years.In the middle of the years make it known.In wrath, you remember mercy.
3 - God came from Teman,the Holy One from Mount Paran.Selah.His glory covered the heavens,and his praise filled the earth.
4 - His splendor is like the sunrise.Rays shine from his hand, where his power is hidden.
5 - Plague went before him,and pestilence followed his feet.
6 - He stood, and shook the earth.He looked, and made the nations tremble.The ancient mountains were crumbled.The age-old hills collapsed.His ways are eternal.
7 - I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction.The dwellings of the land of Midian trembled.
8 - Was the LORD displeased with the rivers?Was your anger against the rivers,or your wrath against the sea,that you rode on your horses,on your chariots of salvation?
9 - You uncovered your bow.You called for your sworn arrows.Selah.You split the earth with rivers.
10 - The mountains saw you, and were afraid.The storm of waters passed by.The deep roared and lifted up its hands on high.
11 - The sun and moon stood still in the sky,at the light of your arrows as they went,at the shining of your glittering spear.
12 - You marched through the land in wrath.You threshed the nations in anger.
13 - You went out for the salvation of your people,for the salvation of your anointed.You crushed the head of the land of wickedness.You stripped them head to foot.Selah.
14 - You pierced the heads of his warriors with their own spears.They came as a whirlwind to scatter me,gloating as if to devour the wretched in secret.
15 - You trampled the sea with your horses,churning mighty waters.
16 - I heard, and my body trembled.My lips quivered at the voice.Rottenness enters into my bones, and I tremble in my place,because I must wait quietly for the day of trouble,for the coming up of the people who invade us.
17 - For though the fig tree doesn't flourish,nor fruit be in the vines;the labor of the olive fails,the fields yield no food;the flocks are cut off from the fold,and there is no herd in the stalls:
18 - yet I will rejoice in The LORD.I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 - The LORD, the Lord, is my strength.He makes my feet like deer's feet,and enables me to go in high places.For the music director, on my stringed instruments.
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The Book of Habakkuk

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 stringed instruments.

The Old Testament - A Brief Overview

Bible Survey - Habakkuk
Hebrew Name - Chavaquq "Embrace"
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

Summary of The Book of Habakkuk

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). - The above text is © Rusty Russell - Bible History Online and must be sourced for use on a website.

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 desired.

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 faith."

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Habakkuk Resources

The Divided Kingdom
The Northern Kingdom of Israel
The Southern Kingdom of Judah
The Assyrian Captivity
The Babylonian Captivity
The Return From Babylon
The Prophets
The Messiah

The Book of Habakkuk

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