Habakkuk 2:20
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New International Version
The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.

New Living Translation
But the LORD is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him."

English Standard Version
But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”

New American Standard Bible
"But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him."

King James Bible
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the LORD is in His holy temple; let everyone on earth be silent in His presence.

International Standard Version
"The LORD is in his holy Temple. All the earth—be quiet in his presence."

NET Bible
But the LORD is in his majestic palace. The whole earth is speechless in his presence!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is in his holy temple. All the earth should be silent in his presence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

King James 2000 Bible
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

American King James Version
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

American Standard Version
But Jehovah is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Darby Bible Translation
But Jehovah is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him!

English Revised Version
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

World English Bible
But Yahweh is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before him!"

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah is in His holy temple, Be silent before Him, all the earth!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:15-20 A severe woe is pronounced against drunkenness; it is very fearful against all who are guilty of drunkenness at any time, and in any place, from the stately palace to the paltry ale-house. To give one drink who is in want, who is thirsty and poor, or a weary traveller, or ready to perish, is charity; but to give a neighbour drink, that he may expose himself, may disclose secret concerns, or be drawn into a bad bargain, or for any such purpose, this is wickedness. To be guilty of this sin, to take pleasure in it, is to do what we can towards the murder both of soul and body. There is woe to him, and punishment answering to the sin. The folly of worshipping idols is exposed. The Lord is in his holy temple in heaven, where we have access to him in the way he has appointed. May we welcome his salvation, and worship him in his earthly temples, through Christ Jesus, and by the influence of the Holy Spirit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - The prophet contrasts the majesty of Jehovah with these dumb and lifeless idols. His holy temple. Not the shrine at Jerusalem, but heaven itself (see Psalm 11:4, and note on Micah 1:2). Let all the earth keep silence before him. Like subjects in the presence of their king, awaiting his judgment and the issue to which all these things tend (comp. ver. 14; Psalm 76:8, etc.; Zephaniah 1:7; Zechariah 2:13). Septuagint, Αὀλαβείσθω ἀπὸ προσώπου αὐτοῦ, κ.τ.λ, "Let all the earth fear before him."





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But the Lord is in his holy temple,.... Not in graven and molten images; not in idols of wood and stone, covered with gold and silver; but in heaven, the habitation of his holiness, the place of his residence, where he is seen and worshipped by the holy angels and glorified saints; and from whence he surveys all the children of men, and their actions; observes the folly and stupidity of idol worshippers; and hears and answers the prayers of his own people: or this intends his church, which is his temple, sanctified by him, and set apart for his service, worship, and glory: here he grants his gracious presence to those who worship him in spirit and in truth; and here he will appear as King of saints, in a most glorious manner, when these several woes before mentioned have taken place; as on Rome Pagan already, and in part on Rome Papal at the Reformation, so completely on it, and all worshippers of images hereafter. The word here used, signifies that part of the temple, called the holy place, as distinct from the holy of holies; which was the proper seat of the divine Majesty, and a figure of heaven, as the holy place was of the church; and so he was, as it were, removed from the one to the other; hence the more observable and remarkable, and the greater reason for what follows; and this serves to illustrate and confirm the sense given:

let all the earth keep silence before him; stand in awe of him, and reverence him; be subject to him, and silently adore him; as all the inhabitants of the earth will when the above enemies of his are entirely removed out of it; there will be no more clamours and objections against the Christian religion by Jews and Mahometans, on account of image worship, which will be no more; no more wars, or rumours of wars, but a profound peace everywhere; no more persecutions of the saints; no more will be heard the cry of violence and oppression, all their enemies being destroyed; no more repining and murmurings among the people of God, through impatience and unbelief, all afflictions being at an end; there will be an entire silence of this kind everywhere; only the voice of the Gospel, prayer, praise, and thanksgiving, will be heard. This is not the case now, nor was there ever as yet such a time on earth; this shows that the prophecy regards time to come.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. But the Lord—Jehovah; in striking contrast with the idols.

in his holy temple—"His place" (Isa 26:21); heaven (Ps 11:4; Jon 2:7; Mic 1:2). The temple at Jerusalem is a type of it, and there God is to be worshipped. He does not lie hid under gold and silver, as the idols of Babylon, but reigns in heaven and fills heaven, and thence succors His people.

keep silence—in token of reverent submission and subjection to His judgments (Job 40:4; Ps 76:8; Zep 1:7; Zec 2:13).

Habakkuk 2:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woe to the Chaldeans
19"Woe to him who says to a piece of wood, 'Awake!' To a mute stone, 'Arise!' And that is your teacher? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, And there is no breath at all inside it. 20"But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him."
Cross References
Psalm 11:4
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

Isaiah 41:1
"Be silent before me, you islands! Let the nations renew their strength! Let them come forward and speak; let us meet together at the place of judgment.

Jonah 2:7
"When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

Micah 1:2
Hear, you peoples, all of you, listen, earth and all who live in it, that the Sovereign LORD may bear witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Habakkuk 3:1
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.

Zephaniah 1:7
Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.

Zechariah 2:13
Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling."
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But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

the Lord.

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Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatever he has pleased.

Psalm 132:13,14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation…

Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting on …

Isaiah 66:1,6 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my …

Jonah 2:4,7 Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward …

Ephesians 2:21,22 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple …

let all the earth keep silence before him. Heb. be silent all the earth before him.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, …

Psalm 76:8,9 You did cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, …

Zephaniah 1:7 Hold your peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the …

Zechariah 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out …

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