Habakkuk 3 - Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Bible Comments
  • Habakkuk 3:2 open_in_new

    Thy speech — In answer to the inquiry made Habakkuk 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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 3:13 open_in_new

    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 open_in_new

    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 3:16 open_in_new

    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.