Habakkuk 3 ©
Habakkuk prays to the Lord that He would preserve His people in the Babylonian captivity, v. 1, etc. For the strengthening of his own and the peoples’ faith he relates how powerfully God protected His people when He led them forth out of Egypt through the wilderness, 3. Besides he relates how he was terrified when he understood that Jerusalem would be destroyed, 16. Yet he comforts himself again with the consideration of the help of God, the Almighty One.
A PRAYER of Habakkuk the prophet 1upon Shigionoth.
O LORD, I have heard 2thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive 3thy work 4in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years 5make known; in wrath 6remember mercy.
7God 8came 9from Teman, and 10the Holy One from mount 11Paran. 12Selah. His 13glory 14covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
And his brightness 15was as the light; 16he had horns coming 17out of his hand: and 18there was the hiding of his power.
19Before him went the pestilence, and 20burning coals went forth at his feet.
21He stood, and 22measured 23the earth: 24he beheld, and 25drove asunder the nations; and 26the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills 27did bow: 28his ways 29are everlasting.
30I saw the tents 31of Cushan 32in affliction: and 33the curtains of the land of Midian 34did tremble.
Was the LORD displeased 35against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon 36thine horses and 37thy chariots of salvation?
38Thy bow was made quite 39naked, according to 40the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. 41Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
42The mountains saw thee, and they 43trembled: 44the overflowing of the water 45passed by: 46the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up 47his hands on high.
The sun and moon 48stood still 49in their habitation: 50at the light of 51thine arrows they went, and at the shining of 52thy glittering spear.
Thou didst march 53through the land 54in indignation, thou didst 55thresh 56the heathen in anger.
Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even 57for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst 58the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering 59the foundation unto the neck. 60Selah.
Thou didst strike through with 61his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter 62me: 63their rejoicing was as to devour 64the poor secretly.
Thou didst walk through the sea 65with thine horses, through 66the heap of great waters.
67When I heard, 68my belly trembled; my lips quivered 69at the voice: 70rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in 71myself, 72that I might rest in the day of trouble: when 73he cometh up 74unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
¶ 75Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; 76the labour of the olive shall 77fail, and the fields shall 78yield no 79meat; the 80flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be 81no herd in the stalls:
Yet 82I will 83rejoice in the LORD, I will joy 84in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God 85is my strength, and 86he will make my feet 87like hinds’ feet, and 88he will make me to walk upon mine high places. 89To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.