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Habakkuk’s Third Prayer
1A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk. According to Shigionoth.#3:1 Perhaps a passionate song with rapid changes of rhythm, or a dirge#Ps 7
2 Lord, I have heard the report about you;
Lord, I stand in awe of your deeds.#Ps 44:1; 64:9; 77:12; 90:16; 92:4; 111:3; 143:5
Revive your work in these years;
make it known in these years.
In your wrath remember mercy!#Is 60:10
3God comes from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran.#Dt 33:2; Jdg 5:4-5Selah
His splendor covers the heavens,
and the earth is full of his praise.#1Ch 29:11; Jb 37:22; Ps 48:10; 72:19; 148:13; Is 42:10
4His brilliance is like light;
rays are flashing from his hand.
This is where his power is hidden.
5Plague goes before him,
and pestilence follows in his steps.
6He stands and shakes#3:6 Or surveys the earth;#Jb 9:6; Is 13:13; 24:19; Jl 2:10; 3:16; Hg 2:6,21; Heb 12:26
he looks and startles the nations.
The age-old mountains break apart;
the ancient hills sink down.#Mc 1:4; Zch 14:4
His pathways are ancient.#Jr 6:16; 18:15
7I see the tents of Cushan#3:7 = Midian in distress;
the tent curtains of the land of Midian tremble.
8Are you angry at the rivers, Lord?
Is your wrath against the rivers?
Or is your rage against the sea
when you ride on your horses,
your victorious chariot?#Ps 68:17
9You took the sheath from your bow;
the arrows are ready#3:9 Or set to be used with an oath.#3:9 Hb obscure#Dt 32:40-43Selah
You split the earth with rivers.
10The mountains see you and shudder;#Ps 77:16
a downpour of water sweeps by.
The deep roars with its voice#Ex 19:18; Ps 77:16
and lifts its waves#3:10 Lit hands high.
11Sun and moon stand still in their lofty residence,#Jos 10:12-13
at the flash of your flying arrows,
at the brightness of your shining spear.
12You march across the earth with indignation;
you trample down the nations in wrath.#Ps 60:12; 68:30; 108:13; Is 25:10; 63:3; Mc 1:3
13You come out to save your people,#Dt 33:29; Jdg 2:18; Ps 28:9; Jr 15:20; Ezk 37:23; Zch 8:7; 9:16; Mt 1:21
to save your anointed.#3:13 The Davidic king or the nation of Israel
You crush the leader of the house of the wicked
and strip him from foot#3:13 Lit foundation to neck.Selah
14You pierce his head
with his own spears;
his warriors storm out to scatter us,
gloating as if ready to secretly devour the weak.
15You tread the sea with your horses,
stirring up the vast water.#Ps 77:19
Habakkuk’s Confidence in God Expressed
16I heard, and I trembled within;#Dn 10:4-9; Rv 1:17
my lips quivered at the sound.
Rottenness entered my bones;
I trembled where I stood.
Now I must quietly wait for the day of distress#Is 37:3; Ob 12,14; Nah 1:7
to come against the people invading us.
17Though the fig tree does not bud
and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though the flocks disappear from the pen
and there are no herds in the stalls,
18yet I will celebrate in the Lord;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!#1Sm 2:1; 1Ch 16:35; Ps 9:14; 40:16; 73:25; Is 25:9; 61:10
19The Lord my Lord is my strength;#1Sm 30:6; 1Ch 16:11; Ps 18:1; 22:19; 28:7-8; 29:11; 105:4; 118:14; Is 12:2; 33:2; 45:24; 49:5; 51:9; Jr 16:19; Eph 6:10
he makes my feet like those of a deer#Ps 18:33
and enables me to walk on mountain heights!#2Sm 22:34; Ps 18:33
For the choir director: on#3:19 Lit on my stringed instruments.
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1A prayer of Ḥaḇaqquq the prophet, on Shiḡionoth.
2O יהוה, I have heard your report, I was afraid. O יהוה, renew Your work in the midst of the years! Make it known in the midst of the years. In wrath remember compassion.
3Eloah comes from Tĕman, And the Set-apart One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendour shall cover the heavens, And His praise shall fill the earth.
4And the brightness is as the light, He has rays from His hand, And there His power is hidden.
5Before Him goes pestilence, And a burning flame goes forth at His feet.
6He shall stand and measure the earth. He shall look and shake the nations. And the ancient mountains are shattered, The age-old hills shall bow. His ways are everlasting.
7I saw the tents of Kushan under sorrow, The curtains of the land of Miḏyan tremble.
8Shall יהוה burn against the rivers? Is Your displeasure against the rivers, Is Your wrath against the sea, That You ride on Your horses, Your chariots of deliverance?
9You uncover Your bow, The oaths of the rod of the Word. Selah. You cut through the earth with rivers.
10The mountains shall see You, they tremble. The storm of water shall pass over. The deep shall give forth its voice, It shall lift up its hands.
11Sun, moon shall stand still in their places. Like light Your arrows fly, Like lightning is Your glittering spear.
12You step through the earth in rage, You thresh the nations in wrath.
13You shall go forth to save Your people; to save Your Anointed. You shall smite the head from the house of the wrong, By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah.
14You shall pierce with his own arrows The head of his leaders. They stormed along to scatter me, Rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15You shall tread the sea with Your horses, The foaming of many waters.
16I heard, and my body trembled, My lips quivered at the sound, Rottenness came into my bones. And I trembled within myself, That I might rest for the day of distress, To come upon the people who would attack us.
17Though the fig tree does not blossom, And there is no fruit on the vine, The yield of the olive has failed, And the fields brought forth no food, The flock has been cut off from the fold, And there is no herd in the stalls,
18Yet I exult in יהוה, I rejoice in the Elohim of my deliverance.
19יהוה the Master is my strength. And He makes my feet like those of deer, And makes me walk on my high places. To the chief singer with my stringed instruments.