7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment [1] and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

Other Translations of Habakkuk 1:7

New International Version

7 They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.

English Standard Version

7 They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.

The Message

7 A dreadful and terrible people, making up its own rules as it goes.

New King James Version

7 They are terrible and dreadful; Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

New Living Translation

7 They are notorious for their cruelty and do whatever they like.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Habakkuk 1:7

Commentary on Habakkuk 1:1-11

(Read Habakkuk 1:1-11)

The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. No man scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour. We should long to remove to the world where holiness and love reign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has good reasons for his long-suffering towards bad men, and the rebukes of good men. The day will come when the cry of sin will be heard against those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for those that suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forward among the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves a nation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continued prosperity, or that calamities will not come in their days. They are a bitter and hasty nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing down all before them. They shall overcome all that oppose them. But it is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people, to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse of comfort.