Habakkuk 1:14

“And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And makest men as the fishes of the Sea, as the creeping things, that haue no ruler ouer them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Why} have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
- American Standard Version (1901)

He has made men like the fishes of the sea, like the worms which have no ruler over them.
- Basic English Bible

And thou makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them.
- Darby Bible

And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping animals that have no ruler over them?
- Webster's Bible

and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
- World English Bible

And Thou makest man as fishes of the sea, As a creeping thing -- none ruling over him.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Habakkuk 1:14


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.


Discussion for Habakkuk 1

  • A disciple
    "Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous." Everything for which the devil slanders God and accuses His People of, he himself is the one doing those things! The children of the devil can only imagine to satisfy their lust for power and authority by slaughter and oppression; and this is their religion!
  • BSP
    Verse 2: We may feel that God is not listening to our prayers, but we have the assurance that he hears our prayers and he will answer them in due time.
  • A disciple
    "Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds." (1:4) We seek the Lord with all our hearts, and endeavor to let our light shine. We pray for our leaders, and for the good to prevail. We help by our prayers, and by our obedience to walk in truth. But the world around us is set on "another" course!
  • 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

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