Habakkuk 1:14
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New International Version
You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

New Living Translation
Are we only fish to be caught and killed? Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?

English Standard Version
You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler.

New American Standard Bible
Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?

King James Bible
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.

International Standard Version
"You have fashioned mankind like fish in the ocean, like creeping things that have no ruler.

NET Bible
You made people like fish in the sea, like animals in the sea that have no ruler.

New Heart English Bible
and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You make all people like the fish in the sea, like schools of sea life that have no ruler.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, As the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

New American Standard 1977
Why hast Thou made men like the fish of the sea,
            Like creeping things without a ruler over them?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And dost make men as the fishes of the sea, as reptiles that have no lord?

King James 2000 Bible
And make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

American King James Version
And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

American Standard Version
and makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou wilt make men as the fishes of the sea, and as the creeping things that have no ruler.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them.

English Revised Version
and makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Webster's Bible Translation
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping animals that have no ruler over them?

World English Bible
and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou makest man as fishes of the sea, As a creeping thing -- none ruling over him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:12-17 However matters may be, yet God is the Lord our God, our Holy One. We are an offending people, he is an offended God, yet we will not entertain hard thoughts of him, or of his service. It is great comfort that, whatever mischief men design, the Lord designs good, and we are sure that his counsel shall stand. Though wickedness may prosper a while, yet God is holy, and does not approve the wickedness. As he cannot do iniquity himself, so he is of purer eyes than to behold it with any approval. By this principle we must abide, though the dispensations of his providence may for a time, in some cases, seem to us not to agree with it. The prophet complains that God's patience was abused; and because sentence against these evil works and workers was not executed speedily, their hearts were the more fully set in them to do evil. Some they take up as with the angle, one by one; others they catch in shoals, as in their net, and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net. They admire their own cleverness and contrivance: there is great proneness in us to take the glory of outward prosperity to ourselves. This is idolizing ourselves, sacrificing to the drag-net because it is our own. God will soon end successful and splendid robberies. Death and judgment shall make men cease to prey on others, and they shall be preyed on themselves. Let us remember, whatever advantages we possess, we must give all the glory to God.
Study Bible
Habakkuk's Second Complaint
13Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they? 14Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them? 15The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, Drag them away with their net, And gather them together in their fishing net. Therefore they rejoice and are glad.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 16:16
"Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?

Habakkuk 1:15
The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, Drag them away with their net, And gather them together in their fishing net. Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Treasury of Scripture

And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

creeping. or, moving. no.

Proverbs 6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

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