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Habakkuk: Chapter 3

Habakkuk, in his prayer, trembles at God's majesty, 1-16. The confidence of his faith, 17-19.

1 [A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.]

2 O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid. O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years. In the midst of the years make it known. In wrath remember mercy.

3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. [Selah.] His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

4 And his brightness was as the light. He had rays coming out of his hand, and there was the hiding of his power.

5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.

6 He stood and measured the earth. He beheld and drove apart the nations. The everlasting mountains were scattered and the perpetual hills bowed. His ways are everlasting.

7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction. And the curtains of the land of Midian trembled.

8 Was the LORD displeased with the rivers? Was your anger against the rivers? Was your wrath against the sea that you rode upon your horses and your chariots of salvation?

9 Your bow was made quite ready, according to the oaths of the tribes, even your word. [Selah.] You cleaved the earth with rivers.

10 The mountains saw you and they trembled. The overflowing of the water passed by. The deep uttered his voice and lifted up his hands on high.

11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation. At the light of your arrows they went, and at the shining of your glittering spear.

12 You marched through the land in indignation. You threshed the heathen in anger.

13 You went forth for the salvation of your people, even for salvation with your anointed. You wounded the head of the house of the wicked by uncovering the foundation to the neck. [Selah.]

14 You struck through with his staffs the head of his villages. They came out as a whirlwind to scatter me. Their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

15 You walked through the sea with your horses, through the heap of great waters.

16 When I heard, my belly trembled. My lips quivered at the voice. Rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, so that I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, he will invade them with his troops.

17 Though the fig-tree does not blossom and no fruit is on the vines, though the labor of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls,

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD. I will joy in the God of my salvation.19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet and make me to walk upon my high places. [To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.]