Habakkuk 2:14
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New International Version
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

New Living Translation
For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD.

English Standard Version
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

New American Standard Bible
"For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea.

King James Bible
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD's glory, as the waters cover the sea.

International Standard Version
Indeed, the earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as water fills the sea."

NET Bible
For recognition of the LORD's sovereign majesty will fill the earth just as the waters fill up the sea.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD's glory like the water covers the sea.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

King James 2000 Bible
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

American King James Version
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

American Standard Version
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the earth shall be filled, that men may know the glory of the Lord, as waters covering the sea.

Darby Bible Translation
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah as the waters cover the sea.

English Revised Version
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

World English Bible
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea.

Young's Literal Translation
For full is the earth of the knowledge of the honour of Jehovah, As waters cover the bottom of a sea.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:5-14 The prophet reads the doom of all proud and oppressive powers that bear hard upon God's people. The lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, are the entangling snares of men; and we find him that led Israel captive, himself led captive by each of these. No more of what we have is to be reckoned ours, than what we come honestly by. Riches are but clay, thick clay; what are gold and silver but white and yellow earth? Those who travel through thick clay, are hindered and dirtied in their journey; so are those who go through the world in the midst of abundance of wealth. And what fools are those that burden themselves with continual care about it; with a great deal of guilt in getting, saving, and spending it, and with a heavy account which they must give another day! They overload themselves with this thick clay, and so sink themselves down into destruction and perdition. See what will be the end hereof; what is gotten by violence from others, others shall take away by violence. Covetousness brings disquiet and uneasiness into a family; he that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; what is worse, it brings the curse of God upon all the affairs of it. There is a lawful gain, which, by the blessing of God, may be a comfort to a house; but what is got by fraud and injustice, will bring poverty and ruin upon a family. Yet that is not the worst; Thou hast sinned against thine own soul, hast endangered it. Those who wrong their neighbours, do much greater wrong to their own souls. If the sinner thinks he has managed his frauds and violence with art and contrivance, the riches and possessions he heaped together will witness against him. There are not greater drudges in the world than those who are slaves to mere wordly pursuits. And what comes of it? They find themselves disappointed of it, and disappointed in it; they will own it is worse than vanity, it is vexation of spirit. By staining and sinking earthly glory, God manifests and magnifies his own glory, and fills the earth with the knowledge of it, as plentifully as waters cover the sea, which are deep, and spread far and wide.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - The prophet now gives the reason of the vanity of these human undertakings. For the earth shall be filled, etc. The words are from Isaiah 11:9, with some little alterations (comp. Numbers 14:21). This is cue of the passages which attests "the community of testimony," as it is called, among the prophets. To take a few out of many cases that offer, Isaiah 2:2-4 compared with Micah 4:1-4; Isaiah 13:19-22 with Jeremiah 50:39, etc.; Isaiah 52:7 with Nahum 1:15; Jeremiah 49:7-22 with Obadiah 1:1-4; Amos 9:13 with Joel 3:18 (Ladd, 'Doctrine of Scripture,' 1:145). All the earth is to be filled with, and to recognize, the glory of God as manifested in the overthrow of ungodliness; and therefore Babylon, and the world power of which she is a type, must be subdued and perish. This announcement looks forward to the establishment of Messiah's kingdom, which "shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44). We must remember how intimately in the minds of Eastern heathens the prosperity of a nation was connected with its local deities. Nothing in their eyes could show more perfectly the impotence of a god than his failing to protect his worshippers from destruction (comp. 2 Kings 18:33, etc.). The glory of Jehovah and his sovereignty over the earth would be seen and acknowledged in the overthrow of Babylon, the powerful, victorious nation. As the waters cover the sea. As the waters fill the basin of the sea (Genesis 1:22; 1 Kings 7:23, where the great vessel of ablution is called "the sea").

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,.... Of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ; of the glory of his person, as the Son of God, and truly God; which is essential to him, and underived; the same with his Father's, and what transcends the glory of all created beings; and of the glory of his office as Mediator, which itself is glorious and honourable: and this his glory lies in his fitness for it; in his faithful performance of it, and the honour given him by his Father upon it; as well as in the fulness of grace in him, which makes him appear glorious to his people; and who are continually giving glory to him as the Lord their righteousness, by exercising faith on his righteousness, and glorying in it; and as their only Saviour and Redeemer, by looking to him, and believing in him as such; and as the only Head of the church, by owning and holding to him; and as the only Mediator between God and man, by making use of him for that purpose, and not angels and saints; and as their Prophet, by hearkening to his voice, yielding a subjection to his Gospel, and submission to his ordinances; and as their Priest, by dealing with his blood and sacrifice for the atonement and pardon of their sins; and as their King, by obedience to his commands; and who will now take to himself his great power, and reign gloriously before his saints; the glory of his kingly office will be now seen and known, when this prophecy shall have its full accomplishment, and which seems greatly intended. The "knowledge" of all this glory will not be a mere notional and speculative one, but special and spiritual; an experimental knowledge, accompanied with affection, approbation, confidence, and appropriation: and "the earth will be filled with" this; that is, the inhabitants of it: this had an accomplishment in part in the times of the apostles, when they were sent into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature, and diffused the savour of the knowledge of Christ everywhere; and had a further accomplishment in the times of Constantine, when the whole Roman empire, or all the world, became Christians; and again at the time of the Reformation, when many nations, especially in Europe, were freed from Popish darkness by the pure light of the Gospel; but will have its final accomplishment in the latter day; and which will bring on the destruction of antichrist, and seems here intended; since this is given as a reason why it will be all labour in vain to attempt the prevention of it. It will be by means of the Gospel spreading the knowledge of Christ everywhere that antichrist will fall; this is the brightness of Christ's coming, with which he will be destroyed; hence the angel, with the everlasting Gospel to preach to all nations, and with whose glory the whole earth will be lightened, is represented as preceding the fall of Babylon, and as the means of it; see 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and the great spread and large abundance of this knowledge communicated by the preaching of the Gospel is thus illustrated and exemplified,

as the waters cover the sea; expressing the nature of Gospel doctrines, revealing the glory of Christ and his grace, which, like waters, refresh and make fruitful; and the force and power of them, bearing down all before them, like an inundation of water when it breaks its banks; and likewise the depths of them, these being the deep things of God; and more especially the general spread and large abundance of them, and of the knowledge conveyed by them; which will fill the earth, as the waters of the sea fill up and cover the vast chasm prepared for them; see Isaiah 11:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Adapted from Isa 11:9. Here the sense is, "The Jews shall be restored and the temple rebuilt, so that God's glory in saving His people, and punishing their Chaldean foe, shall be manifested throughout the world," of which the Babylonian empire formed the greatest part; a type of the ultimate full manifestation of His glory in the final salvation of Israel and His Church, and the destruction of all their foes.

waters cover the sea—namely, the bottom of the sea; the sea-bed.

Habakkuk 2:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woe to the Chaldeans
13"Is it not indeed from the LORD of hosts That peoples toil for fire, And nations grow weary for nothing? 14"For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. 15"Woe to you who make your neighbors drink, Who mix in your venom even to make them drunk So as to look on their nakedness!…
Cross References
Numbers 14:21
Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth,

Psalm 22:27
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,

Isaiah 11:9
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 40:5
And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Jeremiah 31:34
No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, 'Know the LORD,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the LORD. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Ezekiel 47:5
He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in--a river that no one could cross.

Micah 2:9
You drive the women of my people from their pleasant homes. You take away my blessing from their children forever.

Habakkuk 2:15
"Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!

Zephaniah 3:9
"Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.

Zechariah 14:9
The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.
Treasury of Scripture

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

the earth.

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD: and …

Psalm 67:1,2 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah…

Psalm 72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth …

Psalm 86:9 All nations whom you have made shall come and worship before you, …

Psalm 98:1-3 O sing to the LORD a new song; for he has done marvelous things: …

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD …

Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the …

Zechariah 14:8,9 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

Revelation 15:4 Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only …

with the knowledge of the glory. or, by knowing the glory.

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