(8) Was the Lord displeased?—Better, Is it with the rivers Jehovah is wroth? 2012. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/habakkuk-3.html. Habakkuk 3:8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? Many think that Habakkuk ministered sometime during the reign of King Johoiakim, perhaps around the year 607 B.C. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Habakkuk’s Prayer - A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. "In Canaanite mythology, Baal had confronted the personified god Yam (sea), alternatively called Judge River. He saith then, O Lord, most worthy to be heard are those things, of which Thou hast Thyself been the Doer, and what Thou hast done anew is far better than what Thou didst through Moses. Was God thus angry against Jordan and against the Red Sea? Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? Rightly supplied in following clauses. Yet such an one, as endowed with might and ready obedience, and swiftness and nobleness to bear the Word of God, and through His might whom they bore, not their own, nor making it their own, bearing down everything which opposed itself. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". We now, then, see why the Prophet puts these questions: and a question has much more force when it refers to what is in no way doubtful. 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. . This particular event armed the nation, as they were able to recover the weapons borne by the 250,000 Egyptians who had pursued them, only to drown in the Red Sea. A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. “the Hosts which do His pleasure,” against the armies of earth, as the prophet‘s servant had his eyes opened to see 2 Kings 6:15. was thine anger against the rivers? The prophet Habakkuk: We don’t know much about the prophet Habakkuk from any other book in the Bible. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Zechariah pictures the destruction of nations in judgment as connected with the smiting of the rivers and the sea (Zechariah 10:11), while the Psalmists speak of the smiting of river and sea as denoting the powerful activity of God (Psalms 89:25; Psalms 114:3; Psalms 78:13) mainly because of the smiting of the Reed Sea and the Jordan. 1871-8. Is Thine anger against the rivers? YHWH smote the Jordan as He led His people victoriously into the land of Canaan. Habakkuk 3:8. This double mention of the rivers was likely prompted by the two miracles: (1) the divine visitation of plagues upon the Nile in the land of Israel's bondage, and (2) the rolling back of the Jordan at flood in order to enter Israel into Canaan. was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? All rights reserved. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/habakkuk-3.html. Song of Solomon 1:9). Habakkuk’s Prayer. Habakkuk had two problems: 1) In Judah, people did not obey God’s rules. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Was your wrath against the streams? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/habakkuk-3.html. "Commentary on Habakkuk 3:8". Obviously, we can derive symbolic spiritual meaning regarding ourselves and modern-day Babylonians. Habakkuk 3:10, "The deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high,'-namely, the Red Sea, when it made a way through itself for the saving of the people of God). A commentary is added to each verse in which the incidents of the time of the Jewish commentator are explained to be the fulfilment of Habakkuk's prophecy. "Thou didst ride upon thy horses ..." It was by the overruling providence of God that Pharaoh led his horsemen into the Red Sea in pursuit of the Israelites, hence God was here said to have ridden upon them. Habakkuk 3:8, ESV: "Was your wrath against the rivers, O LORD? ?" https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/habakkuk-3.html. Doubtless God did not regard the sea and the rivers; for that would have been unreasonable. Go to. The center of the whole picture is, as Micah and Isaiah had prophesied that it was to be, a new revelation Isaiah 2:3; Micah 4:2: “The law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” &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? Habakkuk composed a prayer/psalm praising God’s person (Hab 3:4 –7), God’s Word (Hab 3:8–15), and God’s help (Hab 3:16–19). His help is present help. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. ‹Thou that sittest above the Cherubim, shew Thyself.‘ With such horses and such chariots was Elijah also taken up into Heaven.”. 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 Chapter 3: The Coming Deliverer. God can make the most unlikely means work for His people‘s salvation (Exodus 14:7, Exodus 14:9, Exodus 14:23, Exodus 14:25-28; Exodus 15:3-8, Exodus 15:19). The allusion is obviously to Israel’s miraculous passage through the Red Sea and the Jordan. Job 26:12-13; Psalm 29; Psalm 89:9-10)."