Selah You split the earth with rivers. It lay, as it were, covered and hid, so long as God completed it not. Selah. Thus the second hemistich of the verse will refer to the deliverance of Israel from Midian by Gideon (Judges 6:1-7:25') to which Habakkuk 3:11 plainly refers. Selah. p. 855). Habakkuk 3:9 (WBT) So Vulgate and AQUILA, and SYMMACHUS. It is for salvation with thine anointed. we shall not die. You cleaved the earth with rivers. You laid bare the nakedness of your bow, swearing oaths [with the] arrows of [your] word. 2. . Utterly naked Thou dost make Thy bow, Sworn are the tribes -- saying, `Pause!' O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. You got your bow ready to use. what the prophet has in his mind and mentions in the next clause, but brings into special prominence in וּבאה. Selah. English Version is better, which CALVIN explains, there is said to be "a hiding of God's power," because God did not reveal it indiscriminately to all, but specially to His people ( Psalms 31:20 ). A just retribution, as the foe had made "the inhabitants of Israel's villages to cease" ( Judges 5:7 ). By you the earth was cut through with rivers. The faithful tremble at the voice alone of God before He inflicts punishment. Thou raising shalt raise thy bow, (according to the) oaths to lineages which thou hast spoken; thou shalt part the floods of earth. . (1-2) A plea for revival. Thy bow was made quite naked , according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Selah Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. You called for your sworn arrows. He did not understand why God did not punish the iniquity of the house of Judah, and bring them back to Himself, as He had done in times past. Habakkuk 3:9 (NIV) The Septuagint and Syriac versions read for "there," He made a hiding, &c.; He hid Himself with clouds. Your bow was quite uncovered. The Hebrew for "invade" means, to rush upon, or to attack and cut off with congregated troops. God can make the most unlikely means work for His people's salvation ( Exodus 14:7 Exodus 14:9 Exodus 14:23 Exodus 14:25-28 , Exodus 15:3-8 Exodus 15:19 ). Thy bow was made quite naked according to the oaths of the tribes, even Thy word. Habakkuk 3:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Habakkuk 3:9, NIV: "You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows.You split the earth with rivers;" Habakkuk 3:9, ESV: "You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows.Selah You split the earth with rivers." ), is called by Micah the flock-tower, probably as a play upon the flock-tower by which the patriarch Jacob once pitched his tent, because David, the ancestor of the divinely-chosen royal house, had been called from being the shepherd of a flock to be the shepherd of the nation of Israel, the flock of Jehovah (Jeremiah 13:17; cf. So the Targum, "for thou didst break strong rocks, rivers came forth overflowing the earth;''. Ver. The mountains--repetition with increased emphasis of some of the tremendous phenomena mentioned in Habakkuk 3:6 . Habakkuk 3:9 (NAS) and wrote a book about it. The first two lines parallel each other, and the last two lines parallel each other. Selah. This verse comes in two parts. This may respect, in futurity, either the provisions of grace, and the large abundance of the blessings of it, made for the supply and satisfaction of the children of God in times of distress and difficulty, Isaiah 41:17 or that help and assistance against, protection and deliverance from, the flood of persecution, cast out after the church by Satan, in order to overwhelm her, by the earth opening its mouth, and swallowing up the flood, Revelation 12:15. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. And lastly, the situation of the Ophel, upon which the Nethinim dwelt (Nehemiah 3:26), is still a matter of dispute, Bertheau supposing it to be the habitable space to the east of the eastern side of the temple area. Thou didst strip the sheath from thy bow, and put the arrows to the string. But the context implies not the giving of water to His people to drink, but the fearful physical phenomena attending Jehovah's attack on Israel's foes. from Teman--the country south of Judea and near Edom, in which latter country Mount Paran was situated [HENDERSON]. Teman means 'South' or 'right" since south is to the right when looking east. The fact that the chapter belongs to the psalm literature does not prove a late date unless it is assumed, without good reasons, that no psalms originated in the preexilic period. meat--food, grain. Habakkuk 3:9 (NRS) Habakkuk questions God's goodness because he sees so much injustice, evil, and tragedy in the world. i. The prophet had in mind a certain form of stringed instrument adapted to certain numbers and measures.
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