Habakkuk Chapter 2
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5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
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Matthew Henry's Habakkuk Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Habakkuk must wait in faith. (1-4) Judgments upon the Chaldeans. (5-14) Also upon drunkenness and idolatry. (15-20)1-4 When tossed and perplexed with doubts about the methods of Providence, we must watch against temptations to be impatient. When we have poured out complaints and requests before God, we must observe the answers God gives by his word, his Spirit, and providences; what the Lord will say to our case. God will not disappoint the believing expectations of those who wait to hear what he will say unto them. All are concerned in the truths of God's word. Though the promised favour be deferred long, it will come at last, and abundantly recompense us for waiting. The humble, broken-hearted, repenting sinner, alone seeks to obtain an interest in this salvation. He will rest his soul on the promise, and on Christ, in and through whom it is given. Thus he walks and works, as well as lives by faith, perseveres to the end, and is exalted to glory; while those who distrust or despise God's all-sufficiency will not walk uprightly with him. The just shall live by faith in these precious promises, while the performance of them is deferred. Only those made just by faith, shall live, shall be happy here and for ever.
5-14 The prophet reads the doom of all proud and oppressive powers that bear hard upon God's people. The lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, are the entangling snares of men; and we find him that led Israel captive, himself led captive by each of these. No more of what we have is to be reckoned ours, than what we come honestly by. Riches are but clay, thick clay; what are gold and silver but white and yellow earth? Those who travel through thick clay, are hindered and dirtied in their journey; so are those who go through the world in the midst of abundance of wealth. And what fools are those that burden themselves with continual care about it; with a great deal of guilt in getting, saving, and spending it, and with a heavy account which they must give another day! They overload themselves with this thick clay, and so sink themselves down into destruction and perdition. See what will be the end hereof; what is gotten by violence from others, others shall take away by violence. Covetousness brings disquiet and uneasiness into a family; he that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; what is worse, it brings the curse of God upon all the affairs of it. There is a lawful gain, which, by the blessing of God, may be a comfort to a house; but what is got by fraud and injustice, will bring poverty and ruin upon a family. Yet that is not the worst; Thou hast sinned against thine own soul, hast endangered it. Those who wrong their neighbours, do much greater wrong to their own souls. If the sinner thinks he has managed his frauds and violence with art and contrivance, the riches and possessions he heaped together will witness against him. There are not greater drudges in the world than those who are slaves to mere wordly pursuits. And what comes of it? They find themselves disappointed of it, and disappointed in it; they will own it is worse than vanity, it is vexation of spirit. By staining and sinking earthly glory, God manifests and magnifies his own glory, and fills the earth with the knowledge of it, as plentifully as waters cover the sea, which are deep, and spread far and wide.
15-20 A severe woe is pronounced against drunkenness; it is very fearful against all who are guilty of drunkenness at any time, and in any place, from the stately palace to the paltry ale-house. To give one drink who is in want, who is thirsty and poor, or a weary traveller, or ready to perish, is charity; but to give a neighbour drink, that he may expose himself, may disclose secret concerns, or be drawn into a bad bargain, or for any such purpose, this is wickedness. To be guilty of this sin, to take pleasure in it, is to do what we can towards the murder both of soul and body. There is woe to him, and punishment answering to the sin. The folly of worshipping idols is exposed. The Lord is in his holy temple in heaven, where we have access to him in the way he has appointed. May we welcome his salvation, and worship him in his earthly temples, through Christ Jesus, and by the influence of the Holy Spirit.
Simon chamisa's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment about verse 3 on 2/08/2014, 11:52am...
i thank God for His word of waiting patiently for God s appointed time it is true and wholly certain that for those who believe God will surely answer prayers
Mihwa Beasley's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment about verse 18 on 2/04/2014, 7:24pm...
Heard sunday morning service out of Habakkuk few years ago incoming new pastor for the church my husband and i have attended gave his first sermon in the church was from book of Habakkuk, some reason don't remember content of sermon but was thinking small part of old testament book it was out from.....,
hope everyone who are broken for reason(s) still don't understand and why as i feel still the hurts and angers, some how get healed and to have peace....,
Pst.Israel's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment about verse 15 on 1/13/2014, 2:22am...
I viewed Abakkuk 2:15,in two diffrent forms.First,those who offers drink to people to get them drunk in order to know their secret(nakedness).secondly,those who like feeding people with hard words until they are intoxicated with it and starts vomiting out their vernom.Abakkuk says woe to them,
Stanley's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment about verse 3 on 12/01/2013, 2:52am...
The vision is a glimpse of what is to be. to get a closer view patiently remain focus. In due course it will manifest.
Andrew magni's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment about verse 18 on 10/21/2013, 9:57pm...
In the fourth gospel 8:44 Christ teaches that Satan is the father of lies , with no truth in him , and such is the graven image , a liar with no truth , it is therefore Satanic and has no place in Christian worship which must be , as Christ teaches in the fourth gospel 4:23, in Spirit and in Truth !
Uche's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment about verse 3 on 10/03/2013, 4:01pm...
I think is about the coming of christ
Salome Wekhomba's Habakkuk Chapter 2 comment on 9/30/2013, 1:03am...
In God's presence we should be silence lifting our souls to the father. we should learn to be humble and meek in Spirit
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