Habakkuk Chapter 1
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8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
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?
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Matthew Henry's Habakkuk Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The subject of this prophecy is the destruction of Judea and Jerusalem for the sins of the people, and the consolation of the faithful under national calamities.The wickedness of the land. The fearful vengeance to be executed. (1-11) These judgments to be inflicted by a nation more wicked than themselves. (12-17)1-11 The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. No man scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour. We should long to remove to the world where holiness and love reign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has good reasons for his long-suffering towards bad men, and the rebukes of good men. The day will come when the cry of sin will be heard against those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for those that suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forward among the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves a nation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continued prosperity, or that calamities will not come in their days. They are a bitter and hasty nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing down all before them. They shall overcome all that oppose them. But it is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people, to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse of comfort.
12-17 However matters may be, yet God is the Lord our God, our Holy One. We are an offending people, he is an offended God, yet we will not entertain hard thoughts of him, or of his service. It is great comfort that, whatever mischief men design, the Lord designs good, and we are sure that his counsel shall stand. Though wickedness may prosper a while, yet God is holy, and does not approve the wickedness. As he cannot do iniquity himself, so he is of purer eyes than to behold it with any approval. By this principle we must abide, though the dispensations of his providence may for a time, in some cases, seem to us not to agree with it. The prophet complains that God's patience was abused; and because sentence against these evil works and workers was not executed speedily, their hearts were the more fully set in them to do evil. Some they take up as with the angle, one by one; others they catch in shoals, as in their net, and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net. They admire their own cleverness and contrivance: there is great proneness in us to take the glory of outward prosperity to ourselves. This is idolizing ourselves, sacrificing to the drag-net because it is our own. God will soon end successful and splendid robberies. Death and judgment shall make men cease to prey on others, and they shall be preyed on themselves. Let us remember, whatever advantages we possess, we must give all the glory to God.
Comments for Habakkuk Chapter 1...
Maureen's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment on 5/20/2013, 3:29am...
every wicked soul shall be destructed as the lorddislikes oppression and likes justice this words really touch my soul praise I GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
Caleb's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment about verse 11 on 10/11/2012, 3:21pm...
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Roseann's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment on 7/12/2012, 1:21pm...
I believe this Chapter echos America today - we are the Chaldens. Our militeray dictatorship marching throughout the breadth of the Land forcefully setting up military bases without regard for humanity and acquiring what is not ours.
Timothy Wayne George's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment on 6/04/2012, 7:04am...
Habakkuk is a watchman, and he is crying out to God to do something about the evil that is going on in Judea. Well the Lord is about to use a nation more wicked than them to correct them.
So it is today, that the Lord will use the wicked people today to correct his people. God is holy, and his eyes too pure to look upon sin. No wonder why when Jesus cried out on the cross my
God why has thou forsaken me? It was at that time when our sin was placed on the Lord Jesus Christ, that the father had to turn his back on the son. Thank God that Jesus became our propituation. The discipline of the present time is not joyous, but grievous, yet nevertheless it yields the peaciable fruits of righteousness to those who are exercised there by. So God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that who ever believes in him would not perish, but would have eternal life. Jesus is our life, and when we come to him by faith, we will live with him through out eternity in heaven. So the just shall live by faith, and wait on the Lord. For the vision is for the end time, and it shall tarry yet it will speak.
HARRY ALLISON's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment on 6/01/2012, 4:53am...
JESUS uses any means suitable to HIM and FOR HIM to get HIS POINT across.HABAKKUK is making his disapproval known to GOD.HE also expects to be chastised by his HOLY GOD.JESUS is showing me that HE is GOD and i am not.HOW about you?
Will's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment on 12/20/2011, 12:37pm...
lol, that whole section cracks me up. Because he's just like anyone now who's getting burned by someone else. Except he said, he was going to nark everyone out to the Chaldean's and send them to stomp on all of them out!
He's all saying, how come I'm doing a good job, but you have these guys who are giving you the finger, and ruling them selves. They probably burn insense to their little ponzy schemes from how many suckers it nets into their organization.
Everyone lies and tons are getting burned by these dudes. So I guess that makes me like, an ant?
Well guess what, this ant is gonna raise up some Chaldeans to curby all those people who took my saturday morning paper! And take them some dwelling places that actually don't belong to them.
But Big G Man, I don't want to have my homies ride all over these guys. They will straight up take their bathrooms and coolers! And all their goatsmilk-lite. You said I was special but I still can't get a job because I don't want to turn into a douche like the guys netting up more people to vote for them. Support them and burn us.
It's the same thing that always happens but it's cool how you can see when you're mad how this is a bullied civilian. Who notices corruption in his government and actually starts a plan to sell all of them out in a big way...
Andy Howard's Habakkuk Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 8/24/2011, 3:30pm...
The New World Translation's version of Habakkuk 1:9 reads as follows:
In its entirety it comes for mere violence. The assembling of their faces is as [the] east wind, and it gathers up captives just like the sand.
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