3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet a upon Shigionoth.
(a) "upon Shigionoth" or "for the
ignorance". The prophet instructs his people to pray to God, not only
because of their great sins, but also for those they had committed in
3:2 b O
LORD, I have heard thy speech, [and] was afraid: O LORD, revive thy c
work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath
(b) Thus the people were afraid when they heard
God's threatenings, and prayed.
(c) That is, the state of your Church which is
now ready to perish, before it comes to half a perfect age, which would be
3:3 God came from d
Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens,
and the earth was full of his praise.
(d) Teman and Paran were near Sinai, where the
Law was given: by which is signified that his deliverance was as present now
as it was then.
3:4 And [his] brightness was as the light; e
he had horns [coming] out of his hand: and there [was] the hiding of his power.
(e) By which is meant a power that was joined
with his brightness, which was hidden to the rest of the world, but was
revealed at Mount Sinai to his people; (Psalms
3:6 He stood, and measured the
earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains
were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his f
ways [are] everlasting.
(f) Signifying that God has wonderful means, and
always has a marvellous power when he will deliver his Church.
3:7 g I saw
the tents of Cushan in affliction: [and] the curtains of the land of Midian
(g) The iniquity of the king of Syria in vexing
your people was made manifest by your judgment, to the comfort of your Church,
5:10), and also of the Midianites, who destroyed themselves, (Judges
3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the h
rivers? [was] thy anger against the rivers? [was] thy wrath against the sea,
that thou didst ride i upon thy horses
[and] thy chariots of salvation?
(h) Meaning that God was not angry with the
waters, but that by this means he would destroy his enemies, and deliver his
(i) And so did use all the elements as
instruments for the destruction of your enemies.
3:9 Thy k
bow was made quite naked, [according] to the l
oaths of the tribes, [even thy] word. Selah. Thou m
didst cleave the earth with rivers.
(k) That is, your power.
(l) For he had not only made a covenant with
Abraham, but renewed it with his posterity.
(m) Read (Numbers
3:10 The mountains saw thee, [and] they trembled:
the overflowing of the water n passed
by: the deep uttered his voice, [and] lifted up his hands on high.
(n) He alludes to the Red Sea and Jordan, which
gave passage to God's people, and showed signs of their obedience as it were
by the lifting up of their hands.
3:11 The o
sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: p
at the light of thy arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering
(o) As appears in (Joshua
(p) According to your command the sun was
directed by the weapons of your people, that fought in your cause, as though
it dare not go forward.
3:13 Thou wentest forth for
the salvation of thy people, [even] for salvation with thy q
anointed; thou didst wound the head out of the house of the wicked, by laying
bare the foundation to the r neck.
(q) Signifying that there is no salvation, except
(r) From the top to the bottom you have destroyed
3:14 Thou didst s
strike through with his staffs the head of his villages: they came out as a
whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing [was] as to devour the poor secretly.
(s) God destroyed his enemies both great and
small with their own weapons, though they were ever so fierce against his
3:16 When I t
heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into
my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in u
the day of trouble: when he cometh up x
to the people, he will invade them with his troops.
(t) He returns to that which he spoke as in, (Habakkuk
3:2) and shows how he was afraid of God's judgments.
(u) He shows that the faithful can never have
true rest, except that which they feel before the weight of God's judgments.
(x) That is, the enemy, but the godly will be
quiet, knowing that all things will turn to good for them.
3:18 Yet I will rejoice in
the LORD, I will joy y in the God of my
(y) He declares in what the joy of the faithful
consists, though they see ever so great afflictions prepared.
3:19 The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will
make my feet like hinds' [feet], and he will make me to walk upon my high
places. z To the chief singer on my
(z) The chief singer upon the instruments of
music, will have occasion to praise God for this great deliverance of his