1 May the Eternal’s answer find you, come to rescue you, when you desperately cling to the end of your rope. May the name of the True God of Jacob be your shelter. 2 May He extend hope and help to you from His holy sanctuary and support you from His sacred city of Zion. 3 May He remember all that you have offered Him; may your burnt sacrifices serve as a prelude to His mercy.
4 May He grant the dreams of your heart and see your plans through to the end. 5 When you win, we will not be silent! We will shout and raise high our banners in the great name of our God! May the Eternal say yes to all your requests.
6 I don’t fear; I’m confident that help will come to the one anointed by the Eternal: heaven will respond to his plea; His mighty right hand will win the battle. 7 Many put their hope in chariots, others in horses, but we place our trust in the name of the Eternal One, our True God. 8 Soon our enemies will collapse and fall, never to return home; all the while, we will rise and stand firm.
9 Eternal One, grant victory to our king! Answer our plea for help.
20:3Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
When Habakkuk looks around him, it seems the good suffer and the wicked prosper. The Babylonian Empire is threatening to destroy Judah, the Egyptian armies have abandoned their treaty with Jerusalem, and within Judah some of God’s own people are abandoning Him for personal gain. But when he asks God why the good suffer, God explains that in the long run, they don’t. God is in control of all of creation, and only He can see how current circumstances fit into His greater plan. With that knowledge, Habakkuk now praises God for answering the prophet’s questions, for being in control, and for eventually vindicating His faithful followers.
I have heard the reports about You, and I am in awe when I consider all You have done. O Eternal One, revive Your work in our lifetime; reveal it among us in our times. As You unleash Your wrath, remember Your compassion.
3 God is on the move from Teman in the south; the Holy One is on His way from Mount Paran.
His splendor overtakes the skies; His praise fills every corner of the earth. 4 His radiance is like a bright light, rays stream down from His hand, and there His power is hidden. 5 Pestilence marches before Him; plagues follow in His steps. 6 He stands still and surveys the earth; He looks their way, and the nations jump in fear. Indeed, the eternal mountains crumble. The ancient hills are humbled and bow down. The paths He carved will last forever. 7 I see the tents of Cushan under attack by evil forces. The tent curtains of Midian shake throughout that land.
8 Was Your rage directed at the rivers, O Eternal One? Or Your anger at the rivers? Or Your fury at the seas? Is this why You drove your horses, Your chariots of deliverance? 9 Your bow was prepared for battle. Your arrows waited for Your command.
You split the earth with rivers. 10 The mountains saw You and trembled; heavy rains passed through. The deep made its voice heard; it lifted its hands high. 11 The sun and the moon remained in their homes in the sky. At the flash of Your arrows, they go out; At the gleam of Your spear, they go away. 12 In fury You marched across the earth. In anger You trampled the nations. 13 You went out to rescue Your people, to rescue Your anointed one. You shattered the head of the wicked empire; You laid him bare from thigh to neck.
14 Their warriors rushed in to scatter us, thrilled to consume their poor victims in secret, But You turned their weapons against them and pierced the heads of their warriors with their own arrows.[b] 15 You marched on the sea with Your horses, stirring up raging waters and overwhelming waves.
3:3Literally, selah; likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up.”
31 He took the twelve aside and spoke privately to them.
Jesus: Look, my friends, we are going up to Jerusalem. Everything the prophets have written about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be handed over to the outsiders. They will mock Him, disgrace Him, and spit on Him; 33 they will scourge Him, and they will kill Him. And on the third day, He will rise from death.
34 But they had no comprehension of what He was talking about. The meaning was hidden from them, and they couldn’t grasp it.
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