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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 3

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1 A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk: according to shigionoth

2 LORD, I have heard of your fame; LORD, I am in awe of what you have done a 3:2 what you have done: prob. rdg; Heb. adds in the midst of the years quicken it. . Through all generations you have made yourself known, and in your wrath you did not forget mercy. 3God comes from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran; [Selah his radiance covers the sky, and his splendour fills the earth. 4His brightness is like the dawn, rays of light flash from his hand, and thereby his might is veiled. 5Pestilence stalks before him, and plague follows close behind. 6When he stands, the earth shakes; at his glance the nations panic; the everlasting mountains are riven, the ancient hills sink down. He journeys as he did of old. 7The tents of Cushan are wrecked b 3:7 are wrecked: prob. rdg; Heb. under wickedness I have seen. , the tent curtains of Midian flutter.

8 LORD, are you angry with the streams? Is your rage against the rivers, your wrath against the sea, that your steeds are mounted and you ride your chariots to victory? 9You draw your bow from its case and charge your quiver with arrows c 3:9 and charge…arrows: prob. rdg, cp. Gk (Luc.); Heb. obscure. . [Selah You cleave the earth with streams; 10the mountains see you and writhe with fear. The torrent of water rushes by and the deep thunders aloud d 3:10 aloud: prob. rdg; Heb. adds raised its hands on high. . 11At the gleam of your speeding arrows and the glint of your flashing spear, the sun forgets to turn in its course and the moon stands still at its zenith. 12Furiously you traverse the earth; in anger you trample down the nations. 13You go forth to save your people, to save your anointed one. You shatter e 3:13 shatter: prob. rdg; Heb. adds a head from. the house of the wicked, laying bare f laying bare: so Lat.; Heb. bare places. its foundations to the bedrock g bedrock: prob. rdg; Heb. neck. . [Selah 14You pierce their chiefs with your arrows h 3:14 your arrows: prob. rdg; Heb. his arrows. ; their leaders are swept away by a whirlwind, as they open their jaws to devour their wretched victims in secret. 15When you tread the sea with your steeds the mighty waters foam.

16I hear, and my body quakes; my lips quiver at the sound; weakness overcomes my limbs, and my feet i 3:16 my feet: prob. rdg, cp. Gk; Heb. which. totter in their tracks; I long for the day of disaster to dawn over our assailants.

17The fig tree has no buds, the vines bear no harvest, the olive crop fails, the orchards yield no food, the fold is bereft of its flock, and there are no cattle in the stalls. 18Even so I shall exult in the LORD and rejoice in the God who saves me. 19The LORD God is my strength; he makes me as sure-footed as a hind and sets my feet on the heights.

For the leader: with stringed instruments

Notes:

a 3:2 what you have done: prob. rdg; Heb. adds in the midst of the years quicken it.

b 3:7 are wrecked: prob. rdg; Heb. under wickedness I have seen.

c 3:9 and charge…arrows: prob. rdg, cp. Gk (Luc.); Heb. obscure.

d 3:10 aloud: prob. rdg; Heb. adds raised its hands on high.

e 3:13 shatter: prob. rdg; Heb. adds a head from.

f laying bare: so Lat.; Heb. bare places.

g bedrock: prob. rdg; Heb. neck.

h 3:14 your arrows: prob. rdg; Heb. his arrows.

i 3:16 my feet: prob. rdg, cp. Gk; Heb. which.

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