Habakkuk Chapter 1 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Vnto Habakkuk complaining of the iniquitie of the land, 5 is shewed the fearefull vengeance by the Caldeans. 12 Hee complaineth, that vengeance should be executed by them who are farre worse.
8 Their horses also are swifter then the leopards, and are more fierce then the euening wolues: & their horsemen shall spread themselues, and their horsemen shall come from farre, they shall flie as the Eagle that hasteth to eate.8
13 Thou art of purer eyes then to beholde euill, and canst not looke on ininquitie: wherefore lookest thou vpon them that deale treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked deuoureth the man that is more righteous then hee?13
View Wesley's Notes for Habakkuk Chapter 1
1:1 The burden - The prophet seems to speak of these grievous things, as a burden which he himself groaned under.
1:4 Therefore - Because the wicked go on with impunity. The law - The whole law, moral, ceremonial, and judicial. Is slacked - Is slighted, and not observed. Go forth - From magistrates, judges, and public officers. Doth compass about - As it were besieges, with design to oppress and ruin.
1:5 Behold ye - Here God begins to answer the prophet. Among the heathen - See what judgments have been executed upon the heathen for like sins.
1:6 Bitter - Cruel, and without mercy. Hasty - Speedy in executing their merciless purposes.
1:7 Their judgment - The law they observe, is their own will. Their dignity - Their authority is all from themselves, without respect to any other law or rule whatever.
1:8 The evening wolves - Which with fasting in the day, came out in the evening, fierce and ravenous. Shall spread - All over the land.
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.
1:10 At the kings - Which opposed their designs. And take it - By mighty mounts cast up.
1:12 Shall not die - Be utterly destroyed. Ordained - Set up, and designed. Them - The Chaldean kingdom. For judgment - To execute this judgment, which is tempered with mercy. For correction - To chastise, not to destroy.
1:14 And makest - Not infusing cruel appetites, but permitting them to act according to such appetite which was already in them. As the fishes - Of which the greater greedily devour the smaller. Creeping things - Which in the waters are food for the lesser fry; so the world, like the sea, is wholly oppression. No ruler - None to defend the weak, or restrain the mighty.
1:15 They - The Chaldeans draw out all alike, good or bad. In their net - Destroying many together. And gather - As if they could never have enough, they drive men into their nets.
1:16 They sacrifice - Ascribe the praise of their victories. Their net - To their own contrivances, diligence, and power.
1:17 Empty their net - As fisher - men empty the full net to fill it again.
Habakkuk Chapter 1 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
4 Iob 21.7. iere.12.1. , Or, wrested.
5 Actes 13. 41.
6 Hebr. breadths.
7 Or, from them shall proceed the iudgement of these, and the captiuity of these.
8 Heb. sharp. , Zeph.3.3.
9 Heb. the supping vp of their faces, &c. Or, their faces shall looke toward the East: Heb. the opposition of their faces toward the East.
12 Heb. rocke. , Heb. founded.
13 Or, grieuance.
14 Or, moouing.
15 Or, flue-net
16 Or, daintie: Heb. fat.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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