Habakkuk 2
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1  I will stand upon my watch and set me upon the tower and will look out to see what He will speak by me and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

א  עַל מִשְׁמַרְתִּי אֶעֱמֹדָה וְאֶתְיַצְּבָה עַל מָצוֹר וַאֲצַפֶּה לִרְאוֹת מַה יְדַבֶּר בִּי וּמָה אָשִׁיב עַל תּוֹכַחְתִּי.

2  And Hashem answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that a man may read it swiftly.

ב  וַיַּעֲנֵנִי יְהוָה וַיֹּאמֶר כְּתֹב חָזוֹן וּבָאֵר עַל הַלֻּחוֹת לְמַעַן יָרוּץ קוֹרֵא בוֹ.

3  For the vision is yet for the appointed time and it declareth of the end and doth not lie; though it tarry wait for it; because it will surely come it will not delay.’

ג  כִּי עוֹד חָזוֹן לַמּוֹעֵד וְיָפֵחַ לַקֵּץ וְלֹא יְכַזֵּב אִם יִתְמַהְמָהּ חַכֵּה לוֹ כִּי בֹא יָבֹא לֹא יְאַחֵר.

4  Behold his soul is puffed up it is not upright in him; but the righteous shall live by his faith.

ד  הִנֵּה עֻפְּלָה לֹא יָשְׁרָה נַפְשׁוֹ בּוֹ וְצַדִּיק בֶּאֱמוּנָתוֹ יִחְיֶה.

5  Yea moreover wine is a treacherous dealer; the haughty man abideth not; he who enlargeth his desire as the nether-world and is as death and cannot be satisfied but gathereth unto him all nations and heapeth unto him all peoples.

ה  וְאַף כִּי הַיַּיִן בֹּגֵד גֶּבֶר יָהִיר וְלֹא יִנְוֶה אֲשֶׁר הִרְחִיב כִּשְׁאוֹל נַפְשׁוֹ וְהוּא כַמָּוֶת וְלֹא יִשְׂבָּע וַיֶּאֱסֹף אֵלָיו כָּל הַגּוֹיִם וַיִּקְבֹּץ אֵלָיו כָּל הָעַמִּים.

6  Shall not all these take up a parable against him and a taunting riddle against him and say: ‘Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and that ladeth himself with many pledges!’

ו  הֲלוֹא אֵלֶּה כֻלָּם עָלָיו מָשָׁל יִשָּׂאוּ וּמְלִיצָה חִידוֹת לוֹ וְיֹאמַר הוֹי הַמַּרְבֶּה לֹּא לוֹ עַד מָתַי וּמַכְבִּיד עָלָיו עַבְטִיט.

7  Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall exact interest of thee and awake that shall violently shake thee and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

ז  הֲלוֹא פֶתַע יָקוּמוּ נֹשְׁכֶיךָ וְיִקְצוּ מְזַעְזְעֶיךָ וְהָיִיתָ לִמְשִׁסּוֹת לָמוֹ.

8  Because thou hast spoiled many nations all the remnant of the peoples shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood and for the violence done to the land to the city and to all that dwell therein.

ח  כִּי אַתָּה שַׁלּוֹתָ גּוֹיִם רַבִּים יְשָׁלּוּךָ כָּל יֶתֶר עַמִּים מִדְּמֵי אָדָם וַחֲמַס אֶרֶץ קִרְיָה וְכָל יֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ.

9  Woe to him that gaineth evil gains for his house that he may set his nest on high that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

ט  הוֹי בֹּצֵעַ בֶּצַע רָע לְבֵיתוֹ לָשׂוּם בַּמָּרוֹם קִנּוֹ לְהִנָּצֵל מִכַּף רָע.

10  Thou hast devised shame to thy house by cutting off many peoples and hast forfeited thy life.

י  יָעַצְתָּ בֹּשֶׁת לְבֵיתֶךָ קְצוֹת עַמִּים רַבִּים וְחוֹטֵא נַפְשֶׁךָ.

11  For the stone shall cry out of the wall and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

יא  כִּי אֶבֶן מִקִּיר תִּזְעָק וְכָפִיס מֵעֵץ יַעֲנֶנָּה.

12  Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood and establisheth a city by iniquity!

יב  הוֹי בֹּנֶה עִיר בְּדָמִים וְכוֹנֵן קִרְיָה בְּעַוְלָה.

13  Behold is it not of Hashem of hosts that the peoples labour for the fire and the nations weary themselves for vanity?

יג  הֲלוֹא הִנֵּה מֵאֵת יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת וְיִיגְעוּ עַמִּים בְּדֵי אֵשׁ וּלְאֻמִּים בְּדֵי רִיק יִעָפוּ.

14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Hashem as the waters cover the sea.

kee ti-ma-LAY ha-A-retz et k’-VOD a-do-NAI ka-MA-yim y’-kha-SU al yam

יד  כִּי תִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ לָדַעַת אֶת כְּבוֹד יְהוָה כַּמַּיִם יְכַסּוּ עַל יָם.

2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD

Once God punishes the wicked “for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all that dwell therein” (verse 8), the earth would be filled “with knowledge of the glory of God”. God’s glory in the Bible is always centered on Israel’s place of worship, whether in the Tabernacle in the desert or the Temple in Jerusalem (Exodus 40:34-35; 1 Kings 8:11, Ezekiel 10:4). Habbakuk’s dream, like that of Isaiah (11:9), is that from Jerusalem, God’s glory will go forth and fill the entire world “as the waters cover the sea”.

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15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink that puttest thy venom thereto and makest him drunken also that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

טו  הוֹי מַשְׁקֵה רֵעֵהוּ מְסַפֵּחַ חֲמָתְךָ וְאַף שַׁכֵּר לְמַעַן הַבִּיט עַל מְעוֹרֵיהֶם.

16  Thou art filled with shame instead of glory drink thou also and be uncovered; the cup of Hashem’S right hand shall be turned unto thee and filthiness shall be upon thy glory.

טז  שָׂבַעְתָּ קָלוֹן מִכָּבוֹד שְׁתֵה גַם אַתָּה וְהֵעָרֵל תִּסּוֹב עָלֶיךָ כּוֹס יְמִין יְהוָה וְקִיקָלוֹן עַל כְּבוֹדֶךָ.

17  For the violence done to Levanon shall cover thee and the destruction of the beasts which made them afraid; because of men’s blood and for the violence done to the land to the city and to all that dwell therein.

יז  כִּי חֲמַס לְבָנוֹן יְכַסֶּךָּ וְשֹׁד בְּהֵמוֹת יְחִיתַן מִדְּמֵי אָדָם וַחֲמַס אֶרֶץ קִרְיָה וְכָל יֹשְׁבֵי בָהּ.

18  What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it even the molten image and the teacher of lies; that the maker of his work trusteth therein to make dumb idols?

יח  מָה הוֹעִיל פֶּסֶל כִּי פְסָלוֹ יֹצְרוֹ מַסֵּכָה וּמוֹרֶה שָּׁקֶר כִּי בָטַח יֹצֵר יִצְרוֹ עָלָיו לַעֲשׂוֹת אֱלִילִים אִלְּמִים.

19  Woe unto him that saith to the wood: ‘Awake’ to the dumb stone: ‘Arise!’ Can this teach? Behold it is overlaid with gold and silver and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

יט  הוֹי אֹמֵר לָעֵץ הָקִיצָה עוּרִי לְאֶבֶן דּוּמָם הוּא יוֹרֶה הִנֵּה הוּא תָּפוּשׂ זָהָב וָכֶסֶף וְכָל רוּחַ אֵין בְּקִרְבּוֹ.

20  But Hashem is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.

כ  וַיהוָה בְּהֵיכַל קָדְשׁוֹ הַס מִפָּנָיו כָּל הָאָרֶץ.

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  • “3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time and it declareth of the end and doth not lie; though it tarry wait for it; because it will surely come it will not delay.’”
    We live in interesting times. There are many that believe we are in the end times, myself included. There are few prophecies left to be fulfilled and as we watch the Temple Mount become a great source of contention and see the nations coming together against Y’srael, we can only wonder how much longer we can go on in this way.
    Habakkuk’s words give us hope for our time as it gave hope to those of his lifetime.
    Adonai does not change and His covenants are eternal. When we trust in Him, we bring honor and glory to His Name.
    Baruch Hashem.

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