Habakkuk 1** The subject of this prophecy is the destruction of Judea andJerusalem for the sins of the people, and the consolation of thefaithful under national calamities. * The wickedness of the land. The fearful vengeance to beexecuted. (1-11) These judgments to be inflicted by a nationmore wicked than themselves. (12-17)1-11 The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeingungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those whoprofess the truth. No man scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour.We should long to remove to the world where holiness and lovereign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has goodreasons for his long-suffering towards bad men, and the rebukesof good men. The day will come when the cry of sin will be heardagainst those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for thosethat suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forwardamong the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves anation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continuedprosperity, or that calamities will not come in their days. Theyare a bitter and hasty nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing downall before them. They shall overcome all that oppose them. Butit is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people,to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse ofcomfort. 12-17 However matters may be, yet God is the Lord our God, ourHoly One. We are an offending people, he is an offended God, yetwe will not entertain hard thoughts of him, or of his service.It is great comfort that, whatever mischief men design, the Lorddesigns good, and we are sure that his counsel shall stand.Though wickedness may prosper a while, yet God is holy, and doesnot approve the wickedness. As he cannot do iniquity himself, sohe is of purer eyes than to behold it with any approval. By thisprinciple we must abide, though the dispensations of hisprovidence may for a time, in some cases, seem to us not toagree with it. The prophet complains that God's patience wasabused; and because sentence against these evil works andworkers was not executed speedily, their hearts were the morefully set in them to do evil. Some they take up as with theangle, one by one; others they catch in shoals, as in their net,and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net. They admiretheir own cleverness and contrivance: there is great pronenessin us to take the glory of outward prosperity to ourselves. Thisis idolizing ourselves, sacrificing to the drag-net because itis our own. God will soon end successful and splendid robberies.Death and judgment shall make men cease to prey on others, andthey shall be preyed on themselves. Let us remember, whateveradvantages we possess, we must give all the glory to God.
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