Habakkuk 2:2
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New International Version
Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said to me, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

English Standard Version
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.

King James Bible
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.

International Standard Version
When he answered, the LORD told me: "Write out the revelation, engraving it clearly on the tablets, so that a courier may run with it.

NET Bible
The LORD responded: "Write down this message! Record it legibly on tablets, so the one who announces it may read it easily.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD answered me, "Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets so that anyone can read it quickly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD answered me and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that reads it.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it.

American King James Version
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord answered me, and said: Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables: that he that readeth it may run over it.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah answered me and said, Write the vision, and engrave it upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.

English Revised Version
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

World English Bible
Yahweh answered me, "Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who runs may read it.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah answereth me and saith: 'Write a vision, and explain on the tables, That he may run who is reading it.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-4 When tossed and perplexed with doubts about the methods of Providence, we must watch against temptations to be impatient. When we have poured out complaints and requests before God, we must observe the answers God gives by his word, his Spirit, and providences; what the Lord will say to our case. God will not disappoint the believing expectations of those who wait to hear what he will say unto them. All are concerned in the truths of God's word. Though the promised favour be deferred long, it will come at last, and abundantly recompense us for waiting. The humble, broken-hearted, repenting sinner, alone seeks to obtain an interest in this salvation. He will rest his soul on the promise, and on Christ, in and through whom it is given. Thus he walks and works, as well as lives by faith, perseveres to the end, and is exalted to glory; while those who distrust or despise God's all-sufficiency will not walk uprightly with him. The just shall live by faith in these precious promises, while the performance of them is deferred. Only those made just by faith, shall live, shall be happy here and for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Jehovah answers the prophet's expostulation (Habakkuk 1:12, etc.). Write. That it may remain permanently on record, and that, when it comes to pass, people may believe in the prophet's inspiration (John 13:19; comp. Isaiah 8:1; Isaiah 30:8; Jeremiah 30:2; Revelation 1:11). The vision (see Habakkuk 1:1: Obadiah 1:1). The word includes the inward revelation as well as the open vision. Upon tables; upon the tables (Deuteronomy 27:8); i.e. certain tablets placed in public places, that all might see and read them (see Isaiah, loc. cit.); Septuagint, εἰς πυξίον, "a boxwood tablet" The summary of what was to be written is given in ver. 4. This was to be "made plain," written large and legibly. Septuagint, σαφῶς. That he may run that readeth it. The common explanation of these words (unfortunately perpetuated by Keble's well known hymn, "There is a book, who runs may read"), viz. that even the runner, one who hastens by hurriedly, may be able to read it, is not borne out by the Hebrew, which rather means that every one who reads it may run, i.e. read fluently and easily. So Jerome, "Scribere jubetur planius, ut possit lector currere, et nullo impedimento velocitas ejus et legendi cupido teneatur." Henderson, comparing Daniel 12:4, "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased," interprets the clause to signify that whosoever reads the announcement might run and publish it to all within his reach. "' To run,'" he adds, "is equivalent to 'to prophesy' in Jeremiah 23:21," on the principle that those who were charged with a Divine message were to use all despatch in making it known. In the passage of Daniel, "to run to and fro," is explained to mean "to peruse."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord answered me,.... As he does his ministers and people sooner or later, in one way or another, when they call upon him with humility and reverence, with faith and fervency:

and said, Write the vision; which the prophet now had from him, concerning the coming of the Messiah, and the destruction of the enemies of the church and people of God: and this he has orders to "write"; not only to tell it to the people then present, for their particular information and satisfaction; but to write it, that it may be read over and over, and that it may remain, and be of use in times to come:

and make it plain upon tables, engrave it in plain legible letters on tables of wood; on box tree, as the Septuagint version; on which they used to write before paper was found out and used. Writing tables are of ancient use; they were used in and before the times of Homer, for he speaks (o) of writing very pernicious things on a two leaved table; wherefore Josephus must be mistaken when he suggests (p) that letters were not found out in the times of Homer. These tables were made of wood, sometimes of one sort, and sometimes of another; sometimes they were made of the pine tree, as appears from Euripides (q) but, for the most part, of box (r), according to the Greek version as above; and consisted sometimes of two leaves, for the most part of three or five, covered with wax (s), on which impressions were easily made, and continued long, and were very legible; and these impressions or letters were formed with an iron style or pen; see Jeremiah 17:1 this the Greeks and Tuscans first used, but was afterwards forbidden by the Romans, who, instead of it, ordered an instrument of bone to be used (t): hence these tables were wont to be called "wax", because besmeared with it; and so, in wills and testaments written on them, the heirs are said to be written either in the first wax, or in the bottom of the wax (u), that is, of the will, or in the lowest part of the table, or what we should call the bottom of the leaf or page: and it was a custom among the Romans, as Cicero (w) relates, that the public affairs of every year were committed to writing by the Pontifex Maximus, or high priest, and published on a table, and set to view within doors, that the people might have an opportunity and be able to know them; yea, it was usual to hang up laws, approved and recorded, in tables of brass, in their market places, and in their temples, that (x) they might be seen and read; the same we call annals. In like manner the Jewish prophets used to write and expose their prophecies publicly on tables, either in their own houses, or in the temple, that everyone that passed by might read them.

That he may run that readeth it; may run through the whole without any difficulty, without making any stop, being written in such large capital letters; and those cut so well, and made so plain, that a man might run it over at once with ease, or even read it as he was running; nor need he stop his pace, or stand to read. The Targum is,

"write the prophecy, and explain it in the book of the law, that he may hasten to obtain wisdom, whoever he is that reads in it.''

(o) , &c. Homer. Iliad. 6. (p) Contr. Apion, l. 1. c. 2.((q) In Hippolito. (r) "Ergo tam doctae nobis periere tabellae, Non illas fixum charas effeceret aurum, Vulgari buxo sordida cera fuit. Propertius. Buxa crepent cerata------" Prudentius. (s) Alex. ab Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 2. c. 30. (t) Isidor. Originum, l. 6. c. 8. (u) "In ima cera", Sueton. in Vit. Jul. Caesar. c. 83. "in extrema cera", Cicero in Verrem, l. 3. Vid. Alex. ab Alex. ib. l. 1. c. 1.((w) De Oratore, l. 2. sect. 34. (x) Taciti Annales, l. 11. c. 14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Write the vision—which I am about to reveal to thee.

make it plain—(De 27:8). In large legible characters.

upon tables—boxwood tables covered with wax, on which national affairs were engraved with an iron pen, and then hung up in public, at the prophets' own houses, or at the temple, that those who passed might read them. Compare Lu 1:63, "writing table," that is, tablet.

that he may run that readeth it—commonly explained, "so intelligible as to be easily read by any one running past"; but then it would be, "that he that runneth may read it." The true sense is, "so legible that whoever readeth it, may run to tell all whom he can the good news of the foe's coming doom, and Judah's deliverance." Compare Da 12:4, "many shall run to and fro," namely, with the explanation of the prophecy, then unsealed; also, Re 22:17, "let him that heareth (the good news) say (to every one within his reach), Come." "Run" is equivalent to announce the divine revelation (Jer 23:21); as everyone who becomes informed of a divine message is bound to run, that is, use all despatch to make it known to others [Henderson]. Grotius, Ludovicus De Dieu, and Maurer interpret it: "Run" is not literal running, but "that he who reads it may run through it," that is, read it at once without difficulty.

Habakkuk 2:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord Answers Again
1I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. 2Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. 3"For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.…
Cross References
Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Revelation 1:19
"Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Deuteronomy 27:8
And you shall write very clearly all the words of this law on these stones you have set up."

Isaiah 8:1
The LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary pen: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz."

Jeremiah 30:2
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.

Jeremiah 36:2
"Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

Write.

Deuteronomy 27:8 And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Deuteronomy 31:19,22 Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach it the children …

Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said to me, Take you a great roll, and write in …

Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that …

Jeremiah 36:2-4,27-32 Take you a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I …

Daniel 12:4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to …

Revelation 1:18,19 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever …

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are …

Revelation 19:9 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the …

Revelation 21:5-8 And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. …

make.

John 11:28,29 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister …

1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, …

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

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