Habakkuk 3

Habakkuk’s Prayer

1A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

2 O  Lord, a  I have heard the report of you,
and b  your work, O  Lord, do I fear.
In the midst of the years c  revive it;
in the midst of the years make it known;
d  in wrath remember mercy.
3God came from e  Teman,
f  and the Holy One from Mount Paran.  Selah
His splendor covered the heavens,
and the earth was full of his praise.
4 g  His brightness was like the light;
rays flashed from his hand;
and there he veiled his power.
5 h  Before him went pestilence,
and plague followed i  at his heels.
Hebrew feet

6He stood k  and measured the earth;
he looked and shook the nations;
then the l  eternal mountains m  were scattered;
the everlasting hills sank low.
His were n  the everlasting ways.
7I saw the tents of o  Cushan in affliction;
p  the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8 q  Was your wrath against the rivers, O  Lord?
Was your anger against the rivers,
r  or your indignation against the sea,
s  when you rode on your horses,
t  on your chariot of salvation?
9You stripped the sheath from your bow,
calling for many arrows.
The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain
v  You split the earth with rivers.
10 w  The mountains saw you and writhed;
the raging waters swept on;
x  the deep gave forth its voice;
y  it lifted its hands on high.
11 z  The sun and moon stood still in their place
aa  at the light of your arrows as they sped,
at the flash of your glittering spear.
12 ab  You marched through the earth in fury;
ac  you threshed the nations in anger.
13 ad  You went out for the salvation of your people,
for the salvation of ae  your anointed.
af  You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,
laying him bare from thigh to neck.
The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain
14You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors,
who came like a whirlwind to scatter me,
rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15 ah  You trampled the sea with your horses,
the surging of mighty waters.
16 ai  I hear, and aj  my body trembles;
my lips quiver at the sound;
ak  rottenness enters into my bones;
my legs tremble beneath me.
Yet al  I will quietly wait for the day of trouble
to come upon people who invade us.

Habakkuk Rejoices in the  Lord

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 am  yet I will rejoice in the  Lord;
an  I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
ao  he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me ap  tread on my aq  high places.
ar  To the choirmaster: with as  stringed
Hebrew my stringed
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