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When thou didst ride on thy horses, 1983-1999. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. 8. Habakkuk 3:2. Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? Habakkuk had two problems: 1) In Judah, people did not obey God’s rules. Was God thus angry against Jordan and against the Red Sea? This verse with strong emphasis upon such natural phenomena as the sea and the rivers suggests something that was pointed out by Nute: "Are not the elements God's servants?, instruments in His hand for the execution of his glorious purpose? 3 God came from b Teman, c and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". The Lord would revive his work among the people in the midst of the years of adversity. can God be angry with rivers? His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". of Habakkuk 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? But God‘s purpose therein aforetime was not as to the sea or the rivers, but for the salvation of His elect; so shall it be to the end. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". He asks, as Daniel Daniel 7:16. and Zechariah asked, what was the truth of the things which they saw. . "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". was thine anger against the rivers? But here his end and purpose was to show that he did ride upon those horses and chariots (the rivers and sea) for the salvation of his people. (compare Habakkuk 3:10 here), Exodus 15:3-8; Exodus 15:19). Go to. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. 2) God told Habakkuk that he would do something. Ver. He was demonstrating His power for the salvation of His people, as a divine warrior riding His chariot. Habakkuk 3:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Habakkuk 3:8, NIV: "Were you angry with the rivers, LORD? 1870. was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? Thou didst ride. . (Calmet). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/habakkuk-3.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/habakkuk-3.html. Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". Question: "How can we learn to trust God like the prophet Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:17-19)?" https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/habakkuk-3.html. ), where Pharaoh, pursued with “horses and chariots,” only to find Jehovah Himself arrayed against him. Among others the so-called Habakkuk-Commentary (1Qp Hab) was found in cave I. The answer to this is tacitly implied in "thy chariots of salvation.". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/habakkuk-3.html. [Note: Ibid, p72. Habakkuk did not understand why God did nothing to make them obey him (Habakkuk 1:2-4). ? That God, then, might be the redeemer of his Church, he constrained Jordan to turn back its course, he constrained the Red Sea to make a passage for his miserable captives, who would have otherwise been exposed to the slaughter of their enemies. The floods that have made so great havoc in Europe and America this season are the natural results of violated law. Upon thine horses; alluding to the manner of men, with whom horses are of greatest, strongest, and stateliest preparations against an enemy; but these were not designed against the sea as against an enemy. ), and a reference here to the time of the Judges would mar the elimactic symmetry of the composition. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". For Thou wilt not inflict wrath on rivers, nor show Thy might on the sea; not in these things will Thy divine and marvelous power gleam forth, but ‹Thou wilt ride upon Thy horses,‘ and ‹Thy chariots are Salvation.‘ What may these horses be? "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". Mighty as may be the “mighty waves of the sea” which lift themselves up against the Lord, “mightier on high is the Lord” Psalm 93:4. His help is present help. (8) Was the Lord displeased?—Better, Is it with the rivers Jehovah is wroth? [was] thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses [and] thy chariots of salvation? The blessed disciples, apostles and evangelists, they who took on them wholly the yoke of all His divine will, they, the noble, the obedient, ready for all things, whatsoever should please Him; who had Christ to sit upon them, whereof one is the blessed Paul, of whom Himself saith, Acts 9:15: ‹He is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My Name before the Gentiles.‘ Of fiery speed were these Horses, encompassing the whole earth; so then the chariots of God are said to be ‹ten thousand times ten thousand‘ Psalm 68:17. &c.] Referring, as is commonly thought, either to the rivers in Egypt turned into blood, which was one of the plagues of that land, ( Exodus 7:20 ) when the resentment of the Lord was not so much against them as against the Egyptians; and as a punishment of them for drowning the infants of the Israelites in them, and in order to obtain the dismissal of his people from that land: or else to the river Jordan, called "rivers", because of the largeness of it, and the abundance of water in it; against which the Lord was not angry, when he divided the waters of it, which was done only to make a passage through it for his people into the land of Canaan, ( Joshua 3:16 Joshua 3:17 ) : [was] thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses [and] thy chariots of salvation? 2. With God, to will is to do. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Yahweh is presented as having engaged in combat with the sea at creation or at other unspecified periods (, [Note: Ibid, p72. Israel borrowed this motif but dropped any idea that natural phenomena are personified deities. When he asks, was God angry with the rivers and the sea, he no doubt intended in this way to awaken the thoughts of the faithful, that they might consider the design of God in the works which he had already mentioned; for it would have been unreasonable that God should show his wrath against rivers and the sea; why should he be angry with lifeless elements? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory?" Jehovah‘s chariots are His angels (Psalm 68:17), or the cherubim, or the ark (Joshua 3:13; Joshua 4:7; compare Song of Solomon 1:9). Proud member Habakkuk’s Prayer - A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. What! God came - literally, shall come From Teman - “ God shall come,” as He came of old, clothed with majesty and power; but it was not mere power. 1832. The end of God‘s armies, His visitations and judgments, is the salvation of His elect, even while they who are inwardly dead, perish outwardly also. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". Habakkuk Bible Study Commentary: The Book of Habakkuk - Then & Now. BibliographyTrapp, John. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". God's work is salvation. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". Habakkuk 2:1 "I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved." And Thy chariots of salvation - literally “Thy chariots are salvation.” Not, as in human armies, except as far as they are the armies of God, to destruction. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Salvation — No; but he came to save his people. It was against the peoples that He rode with His heavenly host, (and still rides on behalf of His people), on horses, and on His chariots of deliverance, as He will also at the end of time (Revelation 19:11-16). (Challoner) --- Horses: the ark of the covenant. And so, they who bore His “Name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel, chosen vessels” to bear it, are, in a yet fuller sense, His chariots, which are salvation. 1999. Habakkuk 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Habakkuk 3:1. ], George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Habakkuk 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. Was your wrath against the streams? 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. Did it kindle against rivers? thy chariots — in antithesis to Thy foe, Pharaoh‘s chariots,” which, notwithstanding their power and numbers, were engulfed in the waters of destruction. As Xerxes, that brutish man, was against the Hellespont, for battering his bridge of boats, beating it and casting a pair of fetters into it? "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". See M. D. Coogan Stories from Ancient Canaan, pp75-115.]. Hab 1:5 “Look among the nations.” Here in Habakkuk 1:5, God begins to speak back to Habakkuk (see commentary on Hab. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Habakkuk 3:8". was thine anger against the rivers? "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". ... Habakkuk 3:8. 2. Yahweh is presented as having engaged in combat with the sea at creation or at other unspecified periods (cf. The Books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) O. Palmer Robertson As an Amazon Associate, if you use the link above, we receive a small percentage from qualifying purchases. Habakkuk 3:8 Did the Lord rage against the rivers,Or was Your anger against the rivers,Or was Your wrath against the sea,That You rode on Your horses,On Your chariots of salvation? No such matter. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". 1:2). The prophet recalls to memory the miraculous dividing of the Red Sea and Jordan, when God divided them to make a passage for his people, when by a miracle he made the devouring element to be a safeguard to his people, when it was not displeasure against the sea or the river, but favour to Israel, that moved him to do this. Compare again Habakkuk 3:10 and Joshua 4:7 : cf. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/habakkuk-3.html. Upon thine horses — Alluding to the manner of men. Habakkuk Chapter 3: The Coming Deliverer. Didst ride, as a general at the head of his army, leading them forward on some great exploit. Commentaries on Habakkuk. All rights reserved. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Due to its early discovery and rapid publication, as well as its relatively pristine preservation, 1QpHab is one of the most frequently researched and analyzed scrolls of the several hundred now known. But it was not because of His anger against the Jordan, but because of His anger against the people beyond the Jordan for whom the time of their judgment had come. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/habakkuk-3.html. The mention of the "sea" almost certainly refers to the passage of that body of water called the Red Sea upon the occasion of Israel's departure from Egypt. See M. D. Coogan Stories from Ancient Canaan, pp75-115. The opening up of the River Jordan and of the Reed Sea (Yam Suph) may be in mind here, but with wider reference to the rivers of the world. The clouds are the chariots of the Lord, ( Psalms 104:3 ) so angels, who are sometimes signified by horses and chariots, ( Psalms 18:10 ) ( 68:17 ) ( 2 Kings 2:11 ) ( 6:17 ) ( Zechariah 1:8 ) ( 6:1-5 ) and here they may design the angels of Michael, or Christ, ( Revelation 12:7 Revelation 12:8 ) the Christian emperors, Constantine and Theodosius, whom the Lord raised up, and made use of as instruments to demolish Paganism, establish Christianity, and deliver and save his people from their persecutors, who came in like a flood upon them; and who, for their number and force, were comparable to rivers, yea, to the sea; and upon whom the Lord showed some manifest tokens of his wrath and displeasure; so people, tongues, and nations, are compared to many waters, ( Revelation 17:15 ) and monarchs and their armies, ( Isaiah 8:7 Isaiah 8:8 ) and the Targum here interprets the rivers of kings and their armies: and it may be observed that some parts of the Roman empire are signified by the sea, and rivers and fountains of waters, on which the blowing of the second and third trumpets brought desolation; as the antichristian states are described by the same, on which the second and third vials of God's wrath will be poured, when he will indeed be displeased and angry with the rivers and the sea, figuratively understood, ( Revelation 8:8 Revelation 8:10 ) ( Revelation 16:3 Revelation 16:4 ) . On thy chariots of salvation? 1871-8. His chariots are the tokens and channels of His Presence to aid. 3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. God can make the most unlikely means work, for His people's salvation and for their enemies' destruction (Exodus 14:7; Exodus 14:9; Exodus 14:23; Exodus 14:25-28, "The waters returned, and covered the chariots and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them (the Israelites); there remained not so much as one of them;" "With the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap," etc. 1. (i) And so did use all the elements as instruments for the destruction of your enemies. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. The nations of the world were often denoted in connection with their rivers. God‘s defilings with His former people were as much ensamples of what should be with us 1 Corinthians 10:11. as the visions shown to the prophets. [was] thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses [and] thy chariots of salvation? The approach is often caricatured and sometimes unclearly explained by its proponents. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". Rightly supplied in following clauses. BibliographyClarke, Adam. The LORD God is my strength; “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” Jerome: “Yet amidst so many thousands of horses and chariots, there was no rider; He was the Rider and Ruler of those horses, of whom the Psalmist says Psalm 80:1. — “Was the cause of His dividing the Red Sea and Jordan His displeasure against these waters?” The answer to this is tacitly implied in “Thy chariots of salvation.” “Nay; it was not displeasure against the waters, but His pleasure in interposing for His people‘s salvation” (compare Habakkuk 3:10). Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? Doubtless God did not regard the sea and the rivers; for that would have been unreasonable. 1871-8. It is observed by Henderson, that “there is no necessity for our understanding either the angels or thunder and lightning by ‘horses’ and ‘chariots.’ They are,” he adds, “merely figurative expressions, designed to carry out the metaphor adopted from military operations.” Or it may be, that the horses and chariots of the Israelites are here meant, as in the 11th verse, the arrows and spears of the people are spoken of as those of God.—Ed. 1905. Habakkuk has in the past been deemed a dangerous book. BibliographyCalvin, John. Selah. The allusion is obviously to Israel’s miraculous passage through the Red Sea and the Jordan. So the whole picture that is being presented is that of God’s great deliverance of His people, both as something that has happened, and as something that, in the mind of the prophet, continually happens. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/habakkuk-3.html. Some connect the two last lines of the verse with the previous one, thus—. 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