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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Habakkuk Chapter 3

Habakkuk 3:1

hab 3:1

Upon Sigionoth - A musical instrument.

Habakkuk 3:2

hab 3:2

Thy speech - In answer to the inquiry made Hab 1:13-14. Was afraid - Trembled at what thou speakest. In the midst of the years - Even before the seventy years are expired. Make known - Thy truth, wisdom, power, and compassion.

Habakkuk 3:3

hab 3:3

God - The God of our fathers, discovered himself from Teman, a mountain not far from mount Sinai, where the law was given. Paran - Near Sinai. His glory - This the prophet mentions as a support of his faith, that God so gloriously appeared among their fathers. Full of his praise - Of works which were worthy of all praise.

Habakkuk 3:4

hab 3:4

As the light - Pure, clear as the sun, but much more dazzling. His hand - The face of Moses shined; the face, yea, hands of our God, shine with glorious light. There - In that light wherewith he appeared. The hiding - Which discovered much of it, but hid much more; it was light inaccessible.

Habakkuk 3:5

hab 3:5

Before him - When God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt, he made the pestilence go before him, so preparing room for his people.

Habakkuk 3:6

hab 3:6

He stood - Gave his presence with Joshua, as one that stood by while the work was done. The land - The promised land. He beheld - Looked with a frowning countenance. Drove asunder - Cast them out, his eye did this, for he looked on them, and did this. His ways - The wisdom, goodness, justice, holiness, and power of God, which he shews in governing his people.

Habakkuk 3:7

hab 3:7

The tents - The people that dwelt in them. Arabia - Near whose borders Israel marched. In affliction - In fear and pain, lest that mighty people should fall on them. The curtains - Those that dwelt within them; these people dwelt in tents, which were made up on the sides with curtains.

Habakkuk 3:8

hab 3:8

The sea - The Red Sea. Ride - As a general in the head of his army. Upon thine horses - Alluding to the manner of men. Salvation - No; but he came to save his people.

Habakkuk 3:9

hab 3:9

Thy bow - One part of armour is put for the whole. The Lord is represented as armed, in readiness to smite through all his enemies. According to the oaths - In pursuance of his oath made to our fathers, and their posterity. Cleave the earth - When they were to march through a dry and thirsty land.

Habakkuk 3:10

hab 3:10

Overflowing - The inundation which at that season was wont to be very great in and round Jordan, passed away at the word of God; the waters below flowed, and ran from those above, which stood on a heap to make a path for Israel. The deep - Either the deep channel in which Jordan flowed, or the Red Sea with dreadful roaring parted its waters. Lift up his hands - Its waves which stood on an heap.

Habakkuk 3:11

hab 3:11

Stood still - At the prayer of Joshua. In the light - Which was most miraculously continued.

Habakkuk 3:13

hab 3:13

With thine anointed - Under the conduct of thine anointed, Joshua, the type of the Messiah. Thou woundest - Gavest a deadly wound to the kings of Canaan. The house of the wicked - The courts of these kings were houses of the vilest wickedness. By discovering - Destroying all from head to foot.

Habakkuk 3:14

hab 3:14

Villages - All the cities and all the unwalled towns. They - The inhabitants of Canaan. As a whirlwind - With violence invading me on every side. To scatter - To disperse and drive away the Israelites. Their rejoicing - They rejoiced in full confidence of swallowing up Israel unawares.

Habakkuk 3:15

hab 3:15

Didst walk - Thou heldest on thy way, from thy entering in on the east of the land, to the west thereof.

Habakkuk 3:16

hab 3:16

When I heard - What dreadful desolations God threatened against Israel. My heart trembled - Another effect of surprising fears and astonishment. Rottenness - A decay of all my strength. That I might rest - These fears made me betake myself to God, that I might rest in him. He - The king of Babylon. The people - The Jews.

Habakkuk 3:17

hab 3:17

The labour - The labour bestowed upon the olive. Yield no meat - Corn. Flock - Of sheep.

Habakkuk 3:19

hab 3:19

Like hinds feet - That I may escape to God my refuge. He will make me - To conquer and triumph.

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