God’s Deliverance of His People

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to [a]Shigionoth.

Lord, I have (A)heard [b]the report about You and [c]I (B)fear.
O Lord, (C)revive (D)Your work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember [d](E)mercy.

God comes from (F)Teman,
And the Holy One from Mount (G)Paran. Selah.
His (H)splendor covers the heavens,
And the (I)earth is full of His praise.
His (J)radiance is like the sunlight;
He has rays flashing from His hand,
And there is the hiding of His (K)power.
Before Him goes (L)pestilence,
And (M)plague comes [e]after Him.
He stood and surveyed the earth;
He looked and (N)startled the nations.
Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered,
The ancient hills [f]collapsed.
His ways are (O)everlasting.
I saw the tents of Cushan under (P)distress,
The tent curtains of the land of (Q)Midian were trembling.

Did the Lord rage against the (R)rivers,
Or was Your anger against the rivers,
Or was Your wrath against the (S)sea,
That You (T)rode on Your horses,
On Your (U)chariots of salvation?
Your (V)bow was made bare,
The rods of [g]chastisement were sworn. Selah.
You (W)cleaved the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw You and quaked;
The downpour of waters swept by.
The deep (X)uttered forth its voice,
It lifted high its hands.
11 (Y)Sun and moon stood in their places;
They went away at the (Z)light of Your arrows,
At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.
12 In indignation You (AA)marched through the earth;
In anger You [h](AB)trampled the nations.
13 You went forth for the (AC)salvation of Your people,
For the salvation of Your (AD)anointed.
You struck the (AE)head of the house of the evil
To lay him open from [i]thigh to neck. Selah.
14 You pierced with his (AF)own [j]spears
The head of his [k]throngs.
They (AG)stormed in to scatter [l]us;
Their exultation was like those
Who (AH)devour the oppressed in secret.
15 You (AI)trampled on the sea with Your horses,
On the (AJ)surge of many waters.

16 I heard and my [m]inward parts (AK)trembled,
At the sound my lips quivered.
Decay enters my (AL)bones,
And in my place I tremble.
Because I must (AM)wait quietly for the day of distress,
[n]For the (AN)people to arise who will invade us.
17 Though the (AO)fig tree should not blossom
And there be no [o]fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the (AP)olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the (AQ)flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be (AR)no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will (AS)exult in the Lord,
I will (AT)rejoice in the (AU)God of my salvation.
19 The Lord [p]God is my (AV)strength,
And (AW)He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my (AX)high places.

For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.

Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 3:1 I.e. a highly emotional poetic form
  2. Habakkuk 3:2 Or Your report
  3. Habakkuk 3:2 Or I stand in awe of Your work, O Lord; In the midst of the years revive it,
  4. Habakkuk 3:2 Or compassion
  5. Habakkuk 3:5 Lit at His feet
  6. Habakkuk 3:6 Lit bowed; or sank down
  7. Habakkuk 3:9 Lit word
  8. Habakkuk 3:12 Or thresh
  9. Habakkuk 3:13 Lit foundation
  10. Habakkuk 3:14 Lit shafts
  11. Habakkuk 3:14 Or warriors or villagers
  12. Habakkuk 3:14 Lit me
  13. Habakkuk 3:16 Lit belly
  14. Habakkuk 3:16 Or To come upon the people who will
  15. Habakkuk 3:17 Lit produce
  16. Habakkuk 3:19 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord

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