Habakkuk 1:9

“They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup vp as the East winde, and they shall gather the captiuitie as the sand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"All of them come for violence. Their horde of faces {moves} forward. They collect captives like sand.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They come all of them for violence; the set of their faces is forwards; and they gather captives as the sand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They are coming all of them with force; the direction of their faces is forward, the number of their prisoners is like the sands of the sea.
- Basic English Bible

They come all of them for violence: the crowd of their faces is forwards, and they gather captives as the sand.
- Darby Bible

They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
- Webster's Bible

All of them come for violence. Their hordes face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand.
- World English Bible

Wholly for violence it doth come in, Their faces swallowing up the east wind, And it doth gather as the sand a captivity.
- Youngs Literal Bible

They come all of them for violence; their faces are set eagerly as the east wind; and they gather captives as the sand.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Habakkuk 1:9


1:9 For violence - To enrich themselves by making a prey of all. Their faces - Their very countenances shall be as blasting as the east - wind.


Discussion for Habakkuk 1

  • Michael C.
    Israel was told from the beginning, what would happen if they broke covenant with God; but they pushed Him, and pushed Him, with their defiance, and sinning, and whoring after the ways of the heathen, till there was no remedy. Jeremiah wrote, that if God had begun to punish the city which is called by His Name, and His own people; He would certainly also do the same to the nations for their sins.
  • BSP
    This chapter shows that it is not wrong to ask God certain questions.
  • Susie Varela
    Versus 5-11 God replies to Habakkuk. I am going to raise up a people worst then what you see now. God gives to him a description of these people: bitter, hasty,
    thieves, dreadful. They have the ability to move very fast through land
  • Susie Varela
    In versus 1-4 Habakkuk is praying to God about the violence
  • Adele Dodd
    Could this be talking about Is is and Isil. Are Syrians part of Isis' work.
  • Bruce
    The Chaldeans are the Germans they started WW1 and WW2 and will start WW3. They slay nations, God uses them to correct nations Israel, US and Britain. They have forsaken his Law.

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