5 Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps.

Other Translations of Habakkuk 3:5

King James Version

5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals coals: or, diseases went forth at his feet.

English Standard Version

5 Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels.Hebrew feet

The Message

5 Plague marches before him, pestilence at his heels!

New King James Version

5 Before Him went pestilence, And fever followed at His feet.

New Living Translation

5 Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Habakkuk 3:5

Commentary on Habakkuk 3:3-15

(Read Habakkuk 3:3-15)

God's people, when in distress, and ready to despair, seek help by considering the days of old, and the years of ancient times, and by pleading them with God in prayer. The resemblance between the Babylonish and Egyptian captivities, naturally presents itself to the mind, as well as the possibility of a like deliverance through the power of Jehovah. God appeared in his glory. All the powers of nature are shaken, and the course of nature changed, but all is for the salvation of God's own people. Even what seems least likely, shall be made to work for their salvation. Hereby is given a type and figure of the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ. It is for salvation with thine anointed. Joshua who led the armies of Israel, was a figure of Him whose name he bare, even Jesus, our Joshua. In all the salvations wrought for them, God looked upon Christ the Anointed, and brought deliverances to pass by him. All the wonders done for Israel of old, were nothing to that which was done when the Son of God suffered on the cross for the sins of his people. How glorious his resurrection and ascension! And how much more glorious will be his second coming, to put an end to all that opposes him, and all that causes suffering to his people!