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 1:9

  • Andy Howard for verse 9
    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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