2 I know your reputation, Lord, and I am amazed at what you have done. Please turn from your anger and be merciful; do for us what you did for our ancestors.
3 You are the same Holy God who came from Teman and Paran[b] to help us. The brightness of your glory covered the heavens, and your praises were heard everywhere on earth. 4 Your glory shone like the sun, and light flashed from your hands, hiding your mighty power. 5 Dreadful diseases and plagues marched in front and followed behind. 6 When you stopped, the earth shook; when you stared, nations trembled; when you walked along your ancient paths, eternal mountains and hills crumbled and collapsed.
3.1prayer: The Hebrew text adds “according to the shigionoth,” which may mean a prayer of request or a prayer to be accompanied by a special musical instrument.
3.3Teman. . . Paran: Teman is a district in Edom, but the name is sometimes used of the whole country of Edom; Paran is the hill country along the western border of the Gulf of Aqaba. In Judges 5.4, the Lord is said to have marched from Edom to help his people; in Deuteronomy 33.2, Paran is mentioned in connection with the Lord’s appearance at Sinai.
Habakkuk 3:17-19Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Trust in a Time of Trouble
17 Fig trees may no longer bloom, or vineyards produce grapes; olive trees may be fruitless, and harvest time a failure; sheep pens may be empty, and cattle stalls vacant— 18 but I will still celebrate because the Lord God saves me. 19 The Lord gives me strength. He makes my feet as sure as those of a deer, and he helps me stand on the mountains.[a]
To the music director: Use stringed instruments.
3.19stand on the mountains: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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