17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

Other Translations of Habakkuk 1:17

New International Version

17 Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

English Standard Version

17 Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?

The Message

17 Are you going to let this go on and on? Will you let this Babylonian fisherman Fish like a weekend angler, killing people as if they're nothing but fish?

New King James Version

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, And continue to slay nations without pity?

New Living Translation

17 Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Habakkuk 1:17

Commentary on Habakkuk 1:12-17

(Read Habakkuk 1:12-17)

However matters may be, yet God is the Lord our God, our Holy One. We are an offending people, he is an offended God, yet we will not entertain hard thoughts of him, or of his service. It is great comfort that, whatever mischief men design, the Lord designs good, and we are sure that his counsel shall stand. Though wickedness may prosper a while, yet God is holy, and does not approve the wickedness. As he cannot do iniquity himself, so he is of purer eyes than to behold it with any approval. By this principle we must abide, though the dispensations of his providence may for a time, in some cases, seem to us not to agree with it. The prophet complains that God's patience was abused; and because sentence against these evil works and workers was not executed speedily, their hearts were the more fully set in them to do evil. Some they take up as with the angle, one by one; others they catch in shoals, as in their net, and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net. They admire their own cleverness and contrivance: there is great proneness in us to take the glory of outward prosperity to ourselves. This is idolizing ourselves, sacrificing to the drag-net because it is our own. God will soon end successful and splendid robberies. Death and judgment shall make men cease to prey on others, and they shall be preyed on themselves. Let us remember, whatever advantages we possess, we must give all the glory to God.