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Habakkuk 3 (asv)

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The Prophet's Prayer

3:1A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, set to Shigionoth.

3:2O Jehovah, I have heard the report of thee, and am afraid:

O Jehovah, revive thy work in the midst of the years;

In the midst of the years make it known;

In wrath remember mercy.

3:3God came from Teman,

And the Holy One from mount Paran.


His glory covered the heavens,

And the earth was full of his praise.

3:4And his brightness was as the light;

He had rays coming forth from his hand;

And there was the hiding of his power.

3:5Before him went the pestilence,

And fiery bolts went forth at his feet.

3:6He stood, and measured the earth;

He beheld, and drove asunder the nations;

And the eternal mountains were scattered;

The everlasting hills did bow;

His goings were as of old.

3:7I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;

The curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

3:8Was Jehovah displeased with the rivers?

Was thine anger against the rivers,

Or thy wrath against the sea,

That thou didst ride upon thy horses,

Upon thy chariots of salvation?

3:9Thy bow was made quite bare;

The oaths to the tribes were a sure word.


Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.

3:10The mountains saw thee, and were afraid;

The tempest of waters passed by;

The deep uttered its voice,

And lifted up its hands on high.

3:11The sun and moon stood still in their habitation,

At the light of thine arrows as they went,

At the shining of thy glittering spear.

3:12Thou didst march though the land in indignation;

Thou didst thresh the nations in anger.

3:13Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people,

For the salvation of thine anointed;

Thou woundest the head out of the house of the wicked man,

Laying bare the foundation even unto the neck.


3:14Thou didst pierce with his own staves the head of his warriors:

They came as a whirlwind to scatter me;

Their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

3:15Thou didst tread the sea with thy horses,

The heap of mighty waters.

3:16I heard, and my body trembled,

My lips quivered at the voice;

Rottenness entereth into my bones,

and I tremble in my place;

Because I must wait quietly for the day of trouble,

For the coming up of the people that invadeth us.

Trust and Joy in the Midst of Trouble

3:17For though the fig-tree shall not flourish,

Neither shall fruit be in the vines;

The labor of the olive shall fail,

And the fields shall yield no food;

The flock shall be cut off from the fold,

And there shall be no herd in the stalls:

3:18Yet I will rejoice in Jehovah,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

3:19Jehovah, the Lord, is my strength;

And he maketh my feet like hinds' feet1,

And will make me to walk upon my high places.

  1. maketh my feet like hind's feet. cf. Psalms 18:33. The feet of a hind (female deer) are especially equipped (for high states).

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