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Habakkuk Chapter 2

Habakkuk 2:1
2:1 I will stand upon my {a} watch, and seat myself upon the
    tower, and will watch to see what he will say to me, and
    what I shall answer when I am reproved.

    (a) I will renounce my own judgment, and only depend on God
        to be instructed what I will answer those that abuse my
        preaching, and to be armed against all temptations.

Habakkuk 2:2
2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and
    make [it] plain upon tablets, that he may run {b} that
    readeth it.

    (b) Write it in great letters, that he that runneth may read
        it.

Habakkuk 2:3
2:3 For the vision [is] yet for an appointed time, but at the
    {c} end it shall speak, and not lie: though it may tarry,
    wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

    (c) Which contained the destruction of the enemy, and the
        comfort of the Church.  And even though God does not
        execute this according to man's hasty affections, yet
        the issue of both is certain at his appointed time.

Habakkuk 2:4
2:4 Behold, {d} his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in
    him: but the just shall live by his faith.

    (d) To trust in himself, or in any worldly thing, is never
        to be at peace: for the only rest is to trust in God by
        faith; Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.

Habakkuk 2:5
2:5 Yea also, because {e} he transgresseth by wine, [he is] a
    proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire
    as hell, and [is] as death, and cannot be satisfied, but
    gathereth to him all nations, and heapeth to him all people:

    (e) He compares the proud and covetous man to a drunkard
        that is without reason and sense, whom God will punish
        and make a laughing stock to all the world: and this he
        speaks for the comfort of the godly, and against the
        Chaldeans.

Habakkuk 2:6
2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a
    taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that
    increaseth [that which is] not his! {f} how long? and to him
    that ladeth himself with thick clay!

    (f) Signifying that all the world will wish the destruction
        of tyrants, and that by their oppression and
        covetousness, they heap but upon themselves more heavy
        burdens: for the more they get, the more are they
        troubled.

Habakkuk 2:7
2:7 Shall {g} they not rise suddenly that shall bite thee, and
    awake that shall oppress thee, and thou shalt be for booty
    to them?

    (g) That is, the Medes and persians, that would destroy the
        Babylonians?

Habakkuk 2:10
2:10 Thou {h} gavest shameful counsel to thy house by cutting
     off many people, and hast sinned [against] thy soul.

     (h) Signifying that the covetous man is the ruin of his own
         house, when he thinks to enrich it be cruelty and
         oppression.

Habakkuk 2:11
2:11 For the {i} stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam
     out of the timber shall answer it.

     (i) The stones of the house will cry, and say that they are
         built from blood, and the wood will answer and say the
         same of itself.

Habakkuk 2:13
2:13 Behold, [is it] not from the {k} LORD of hosts that the
     people shall labour [only] for fire, and the nations shall
     weary themselves for nothing?

     (k) Meaning, that God will not defer his vengeance long,
         but will come and destroy all their labours, as though
         they were consumed with fire.

Habakkuk 2:14
2:14 For the earth shall {l} be filled with the knowledge of the
     glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

     (l) In the destruction of the Babylonians his glory will
         appear through all the world.

Habakkuk 2:15
2:15 Woe to him that giveth his neighbour {m} drink, that
     puttest thy bottle to [him], and makest [him] drunk also,
     that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

     (m) He reproaches by this the king of Babylon, who as he
         was drunken with covetousness and cruelty, so he
         provoked others to the same, and inflamed them by his
         madness, and so in the end brought them to shame.

Habakkuk 2:16
2:16 Thou art filled with shame {n} for glory: drink thou also,
     and let thy shame come upon thee: the cup of the LORD'S
     right hand shall be turned to thee, and utter shame [shall
     be] on thy glory.

     (n) Whereas you thought to have the glory of these your
         doings, they will turn to your shame: for you will
         drink of the same cup with others in your turn.

Habakkuk 2:17
2:17 For the {o} violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the
     spoil of beasts, [which] made them afraid, because of men's
     blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and
     of all that dwell in it.

     (o) Because the Babylonians were cruel not only against
         other nations, but also against the people of God,
         which is meant by Lebanon and the beast in it, he shows
         that the same cruelly will be executed against them.

Habakkuk 2:18
2:18 What profiteth the graven {p} image that its maker hath
     engraved it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that
     the maker of his work trusteth in it, to make dumb idols?

     (p) He shows that the Babylonian gods could not help them
         at all, for they were but blocks or stones.
         \\See Geneva Jer "10:8"\\

Habakkuk 2:19
2:19 Woe to him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb
     stone, Arise, it shall teach! {q} Behold, it [is] laid over
     with gold and silver, and [there is] no breath at all
     within it.

     (q) If you will consider what it is, and how it has neither
         breath nor life, but is a dead thing.



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