Habakkuk 1:7
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New International Version
They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.

New Living Translation
They are notorious for their cruelty and do whatever they like.

English Standard Version
They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.

New American Standard Bible
"They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves.

King James Bible
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are fierce and terrifying; their views of justice and sovereignty stem from themselves.

International Standard Version
They are terrible and fearsome; their brand of justice and sense of honor derive only from themselves!

NET Bible
They are frightening and terrifying; they decide for themselves what is right.

New Heart English Bible
They are feared and dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will be terrifying and fearsome. They will carry out their own kind of justice and honor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They are terrible and dreadful; Their law and their majesty proceed from themselves.

New American Standard 1977
“They are dreaded and feared.
            Their justice and authority originate with themselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
She is terrible and dreadful: from her herself shall go forth their rights and their grandeur.

King James 2000 Bible
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed from themselves.

American King James Version
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

American Standard Version
They are terrible and dreadful; their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are dreadful, and terrible: from themselves shall their judgment, and their burden proceed.

Darby Bible Translation
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

English Revised Version
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed from themselves.

World English Bible
They are feared and dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

Young's Literal Translation
Terrible and fearful it is, From itself its judgment and its excellency go forth.
Study Bible
The Lord's Answer
6"For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth To seize dwelling places which are not theirs. 7"They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves. 8"Their horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour.…
Cross References
Isaiah 18:2
Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, To a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation Whose land the rivers divide.

Isaiah 18:7
At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts From a people tall and smooth, Even from a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation, Whose land the rivers divide-- To the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, even Mount Zion.

Jeremiah 39:5
But the army of the Chaldeans pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and they seized him and brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon at Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he passed sentence on him.

Daniel 2:31
"You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome.
Treasury of Scripture

They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

their judgment, etc. or, from them shall proceed the judgment of these and the captivity of these.

Jeremiah 39:5-9 But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah …

Jeremiah 52:9-11,25-27 Then they took the king, and carried him up to the king of Babylon …

Deuteronomy 5:19,27 Neither shall you steal…

(7) Their judgment . . .--Their "judgment" means their claim to adjudge the affairs of mankind. It proceeds from "themselves," as irresponsible, recognising no Supreme Being as the source of justice.

Their dignity, in like manner, proceeds from "themselves," because self-sustained, unsanctioned by the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Verse 7. - They. The Hebrew is singular throughout. The disposition of the people, as of one man, is depicted. Terrible; exciting terror, as Song of Solomon 6:4, 10. Their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves; his judgment and his eminence are from himself. The LXX. translates the two nouns κρίμα and λῆμμα: Vulgate, judicium and onus. The meaning is that the Chaldeans own no master, have no rule of right but their own will, attribute their glory and superiority to their own power and skill (comp. Daniel 4:130). They are like Achilles in Horace, 'Ep. ad Pison.,' 121, etc. -

"Impiger, iracundus, inexorabilis, acer,
Jura neget sibi nata, nihil non arroget armis."
Hitzig quotes AEschyl. 'Prom.,' 186, Παρ ἑαυτῷ τό δίκαιον ἔχων, "Holding as justice what he deemeth so." They are terrible and dreadful,.... For the fierceness of their countenances; the number and valour of their troops; the splendour of their armour; the victories they had obtained, and the cruelty they had exercised; the fame of all which spread terror wherever they came:

their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves; they will not be directed and governed by any laws of God and man, but by their own; they will do according to their will and pleasure, and none will be able to gainsay and resist them; they will hear no reason or argument; their decrees and determinations they make of themselves shall be put into execution, and there will be no opposing their tyrannical measures; they will usurp a power, and take upon them an authority over others of themselves, which all must submit unto; no mercy and pity: no goodness and humanity, are to be expected from such lawless and imperious enemies. 7. their judgment and … dignity … proceed of themselves—that is, they recognize no judge save themselves, and they get for themselves and keep their own "dignity" without needing others' help. It will be vain for the Jews to complain of their tyrannical judgments; for whatever the Chaldeans decree they will do according to their own will, they will not brook anyone attempting to interfere.1:1-11 The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. No man scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour. We should long to remove to the world where holiness and love reign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has good reasons for his long-suffering towards bad men, and the rebukes of good men. The day will come when the cry of sin will be heard against those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for those that suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forward among the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves a nation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continued prosperity, or that calamities will not come in their days. They are a bitter and hasty nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing down all before them. They shall overcome all that oppose them. But it is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people, to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse of comfort.
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