Habakkuk 1:17
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New International Version
Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

New Living Translation
Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?

English Standard Version
Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?

New American Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?

King James Bible
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

International Standard Version
Is he to continue to empty his fishing net? Will he ever stop killing entire nations without mercy?"

NET Bible
Will he then continue to fill and empty his throw net? Will he always destroy nations and spare none?

New Heart English Bible
Will he therefore continually empty his net, killing the nations without mercy?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will they keep on emptying their nets and always kill nations without mercy?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall they therefore empty their net, And not spare to slay the nations continually?

New American Standard 1977
Will they therefore empty their net
            And continually slay nations without sparing?



Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall he therefore empty his net, or have pity to stop slaying Gentiles continually?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall they therefore empty their net, and continually slay the nations without mercy?

American King James Version
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

American Standard Version
Shall he therefore empty his net, and spare not to slay the nations continually?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause therefore he spreadeth his net, and will not spare continually to slay the nations.

Darby Bible Translation
Shall he therefore empty his net, and not spare to slay the nations continually?

English Revised Version
Shall he therefore empty his net, and not spare to slay the nations continually?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

World English Bible
Will he therefore continually empty his net, and kill the nations without mercy?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth he therefore empty his net, And continually to slay nations spare not?

Study Bible
Habakkuk's Second Complaint
16Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net And burn incense to their fishing net; Because through these things their catch is large, And their food is plentiful. 17Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?
Cross References
Isaiah 14:5
"The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers

Isaiah 14:6
Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes, Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.

Isaiah 19:8
And the fishermen will lament, And all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, And those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.
Treasury of Scripture

Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

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(17) Shall they therefore empty their net. . . .--Literally, Shall he therefore empty his net? i.e., Shall this voracious Chaldan plunderer be allowed to consume his prey, and cast in his emptied net again and again?

Verse 17. - Shall they therefore empty their net? Because they have had this career of rapine and conquest, shall God allow them to continue it? Shall they be permitted to be continually emptying their net in order to fill it again? The idea is that they carried off their booty and captives and secured them in their own territory, and then set out on new expeditions to acquire fresh plunder. The question is answered in the next chapter, where the judgment on the Chaldeans is pronounced. And not spare continually to slay the nations? And cease not to send forth his armies and to found his empire in the blood of conquered nations. The Septuagint and Vulgate have no interrogation, the assertion being made by way of expostulation.



Shall they therefore empty their net,.... Or "thus", after this manner, so Noldius; as fishermen do, when they have had a good cast, and a large draught, spread the net, and take out the fishes, in order to throw it again, and catch more; and so it is asked, should these Chaldeans, when they have conquered one nation, and so filled their net or themselves with the spoil, carry it to Babylon, and there lay it up, and then proceed to fight against another kingdom and nation, and plunder it in like manner?

and not spare continually to slay the nations? the inhabitants of them one after another, and subdue them under them, and make themselves master of all their treasure, until they are arrived to universal monarchy by such cruel and unmerciful methods. The Targum is,

"shall he send his armies continually to consume nations, and that without mercy?''

This the prophet proposes in the name of the whole body of the Lord's people, and leaves it with him to have an answer to it, which is given in the following chapter Habakkuk 2:1. 17. Shall they … empty their net?—Shall they be allowed without interruption to enjoy the fruits of their violence?

therefore—seeing that they attribute all their successes to themselves, and not to Thee. The answer to the prophet's question, he by inspiration gives himself in the second chapter. 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.
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