Habakkuk 2

Habakkuk 2:1-4

2:1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

2:2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation [vision] and make it plain [legible so that it can be easily read] on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

2:3 For the revelation [note six facts concerning the revelation (vision)] [1] awaits an appointed time [God has determined the time (in the future) for its fulfillment]; [2] it speaks of the end [refers to events by which God will complete His work of judging Babylon] and [3] will not prove false [in the sense of disappointing those who trust in God]. [4] Though it linger [according to human expectations], wait for it [for the fulfillment (the fall of Babylon)]; [5] it will certainly come and [6] will not delay [will happen according to God’s timetable].

2:4 “See, he [Babylonians] is puffed up [with pride and self-importance]; his desires are not upright—but the righteous will live by his faith [refers to the faith and steadfastness of the Israelites; cf. Rom. 1:15; Gal. 3:11]

Habakkuk 2:18-20
2:18 “Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image [the demonic spirits that inspire the worship of idols are real and deadly (cf. 1 Cor. 10:20)] that teaches lies [by encouraging people to seek life in anything other than a personal relationship with God through Christ]? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.

2:19 Woe [a mocking song used to pronounce doom on evil doers] to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.

2:20 But [in contrast to idols] the LORD is in his holy temple [a reference to heaven and earth rather than to a building in one location]; let all the earth be silent before him.”

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