Habakkuk 2:7
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New International Version
Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.

New Living Translation
Suddenly, your debtors will take action. They will turn on you and take all you have, while you stand trembling and helpless.

English Standard Version
Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them.

New American Standard Bible
"Will not your creditors rise up suddenly, And those who collect from you awaken? Indeed, you will become plunder for them.

King James Bible
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Won't your creditors suddenly arise, and those who disturb you wake up? Then you will become spoil for them.

International Standard Version
Won't your creditors revolt unexpectedly? Won't those who make you tremble wake up? As a result, you'll become their prey!

NET Bible
Your creditors will suddenly attack; those who terrify you will spring into action, and they will rob you.

New Heart English Bible
Won't your debtors rise up suddenly, and wake up those who make you tremble, and you will be their victim?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Won't your creditors suddenly rise up and those who are going to shake you wake up? Then you will become their prize.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall exact interest of thee, And awake that shall violently shake thee, And thou shalt be for booties unto them?

New American Standard 1977
“Will not your creditors rise up suddenly,
            And those who collect from you awaken?
            Indeed, you will become plunder for them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee and awake those that shall take thy place, and thou shalt be for a prey unto them?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall they not rise up suddenly that are your creditors, and awake that shall oppress you, and you shall be for booty unto them?

American King James Version
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite you, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for booties to them?

American Standard Version
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booty unto them?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee: and they be stirred up that shall tear thee, and thou shalt be a spoil to them?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and they awake up that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

English Revised Version
Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall they not rise suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall disturb thee, and thou shalt be for booties to them?

World English Bible
Won't your debtors rise up suddenly, and wake up those who make you tremble, and you will be their victim?

Young's Literal Translation
Do not thy usurers instantly rise up, And those shaking thee awake up, And thou hast been for a spoil to them?
Study Bible
Woe to the Chaldeans
6"Will not all of these take up a taunt-song against him, Even mockery and insinuations against him And say, 'Woe to him who increases what is not his-- For how long-- And makes himself rich with loans?' 7"Will not your creditors rise up suddenly, And those who collect from you awaken? Indeed, you will become plunder for them. 8"Because you have looted many nations, All the remainder of the peoples will loot you-- Because of human bloodshed and violence done to the land, To the town and all its inhabitants.…
Cross References
Proverbs 29:1
A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

Isaiah 11:13
Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart, And those who harass Judah will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, And Judah will not harass Ephraim.
Treasury of Scripture

Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite you, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for booties to them?

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Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Isaiah 13:1-5,16-18 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see…

Isaiah 21:2-9 A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals …

Isaiah 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the …

Isaiah 45:1-3 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I …

Isaiah 46:11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes my counsel …

Isaiah 47:11 Therefore shall evil come on you; you shall not know from where it …

Isaiah 48:14,15 All you, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them has declared …

Jeremiah 50:21-32 Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against …

Jeremiah 51:11,27,28,57 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up …

Daniel 5:25-31 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN…

Nahum 1:9,10 What do you imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: …

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

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Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, …

Jeremiah 8:17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which …

(7) Bite.--This verb nshac also means "to oppress with usury," and this is its force here. Thy turn shall come, and men shall exact usury from thee. Similarly, the verb translated "vex" is, literally, to shake violently, in allusion to a creditor's forcible seizure of his debtor. (Comp. Matthew 18:28.) The prediction of Habakkuk in these verses was fulfilled by the rise of the Medo-Persian power, and the capture of Babylon by the forces of Cyrus, cir. B.C. 538.

Verse 7. - That shall bite thee. As thou hast cruelly treated others, so shall they, like fierce vipers (Jeremiah 8:17), bite thee. Henderson, Delitzsch, Keil, and others see in the word a double entendre connected with the meaning of "lending on interest," so the "biting" would signify "exacting a debt with usury." Such a term for usury is not unknown to classical antiquity; thus (quoted by Henderson) Aristoph., 'Nub.,' 12 -

Δακόμενος`ΝΛ´Υπὸ τὴς δαπάνης καὶ τῆς φάτνης καὶ τῶν χρεῶν

"By the expenditure deep bitten,
And by the manger and the debts"
Lucan, 'Phars.,' 1:181," Hinc usura vorax, avidumque in tempore faenus." The "biters" rising up suddenly are the Persians who destroyed the Babylonian power as quickly and as unexpectedly as it had arisen. Vex; literally, shake violently, like διασείσητε (Luke 3:14), or like the violent arrest of a creditor (Matthew 18:28); Septuagint, οἱ ἐπίβουλοί σου, "thy plotters;" Vulgate, lacerantes te. So of the mystic Babylon, her end comes suddenly (Revelation 18:10, 17). Shall not they rise up suddenly that shall bite thee,.... Or, "thy usurers", or "creditors" (d), as some render it; the Christians, whose money, goods, and substance, they had spoiled them of, but now should be repaid with great usury and gain; these, that is, their princes and emperors, as Constantine and Theodosius, rose up suddenly, and conquered the heathen emperors, and took away their power and authority from them, and their wealth and riches, and gave them to the Christians, what they and those under them had plundered them of:

and awake that shall vex thee, or "move thee" (e); the emperor, from the throne of the empire; and other subordinate magistrates from their places of dignity, trust, and profit; the priests out of their temples; and change the face of things everywhere; and which is expressed in language agreeable to this, in Revelation 6:14, and has respect to the same times and things, "and the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their place"; which is to be understood of the fall of the Pagan Roman empire:

and thou shalt be for booties unto them? the wealth and riches found in the Roman empire, as it fell into the hands of Constantine, were converted to the use of the Christians for the building of their temples, and the maintenance of their ministers, the relief of their poor, and for the reparation of losses others had sustained under the persecutions: thus the Christian emperors rose up at once, and exerted themselves; and who before seemed to be asleep awoke, and seized upon the empire, and the riches of it, and divided the spoil among themselves and their people.

(d) "foeneratores tui, seu creditores tui", Cocceius, Van Till. (e) "qui commoveant te", Pagninus, Vatablus; so R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 56. 1. "excutientes", Cocceius, Van Till; "commoventes te", Burkius. 7. suddenly—the answer to the question, "How long?" (Hab 2:6).

bite—often used of usury; so favoring Lee's rendering (Hab 2:6). As the Chaldean, like a usurer, oppressed others, so other nations shall, like usurers, take pledges of, that is, spoil, him.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.
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