Habakkuk 3:14
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New International Version
With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding.

New Living Translation
With his own weapons, you destroyed the chief of those who rushed out like a whirlwind, thinking Israel would be easy prey.

English Standard Version
You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.

New American Standard Bible
You pierced with his own spears The head of his throngs. They stormed in to scatter us; Their exultation was like those Who devour the oppressed in secret.

King James Bible
Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You pierce his head with his own spears; his warriors storm out to scatter us, gloating as if ready to secretly devour the weak.

International Standard Version
With his own lances you pierced the heads of his warriors, who came out like a windstorm to scatter us — their joy is to devour the afflicted who are in hiding.

NET Bible
You pierce the heads of his warriors with a spear. They storm forward to scatter us; they shout with joy as if they were plundering the poor with no opposition.

New Heart English Bible
You pierced the heads of his warriors with their own spears. They came as a whirlwind to scatter me, gloating as if to devour the wretched in secret.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You pierce the leader of his gang with his own arrows. His soldiers come like a violent storm to scatter me. They are arrogant like those who secretly eat up the poor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou hast stricken through with his own rods the head of his rulers, That come as a whirlwind to scatter me; Whose rejoicing is as to devour the poor secretly.

New American Standard 1977
Thou didst pierce with his own spears
            The head of his throngs.
            They stormed in to scatter us;
            Their exultation was like those
            Who devour the oppressed in secret.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou didst strike through with his staffs the heads of his villages, who as a whirlwind attempted to scatter me; their pride was as to devour the poor secretly.

King James 2000 Bible
You did thrust through with his own arrows the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was like devouring the poor secretly.

American King James Version
You did strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

American Standard Version
Thou didst pierce with his own staves the head of his warriors: They came as a whirlwind to scatter me; Their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast cursed his sceptres, the head of his warriors, them that came out as a whirlwind to scatter me. Their joy was like that of him that devoureth the poor man in secret.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou didst strike through with his own spears the head of his leaders: They came out as a whirlwind to scatter me, Whose exulting was as to devour the afflicted secretly.

English Revised Version
Thou didst pierce with his own staves the head of his warriors: they came as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou didst strike through with his staffs the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

World English Bible
You pierced the heads of his warriors with their own spears. They came as a whirlwind to scatter me, gloating as if to devour the wretched in secret.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast pierced with his staves the head of his leaders, They are tempestuous to scatter me, Their exultation is as to consume the poor in secret.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:3-15 God's people, when in distress, and ready to despair, seek help by considering the days of old, and the years of ancient times, and by pleading them with God in prayer. The resemblance between the Babylonish and Egyptian captivities, naturally presents itself to the mind, as well as the possibility of a like deliverance through the power of Jehovah. God appeared in his glory. All the powers of nature are shaken, and the course of nature changed, but all is for the salvation of God's own people. Even what seems least likely, shall be made to work for their salvation. Hereby is given a type and figure of the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ. It is for salvation with thine anointed. Joshua who led the armies of Israel, was a figure of Him whose name he bare, even Jesus, our Joshua. In all the salvations wrought for them, God looked upon Christ the Anointed, and brought deliverances to pass by him. All the wonders done for Israel of old, were nothing to that which was done when the Son of God suffered on the cross for the sins of his people. How glorious his resurrection and ascension! And how much more glorious will be his second coming, to put an end to all that opposes him, and all that causes suffering to his people!
Study Bible
Habakkuk's Prayer
13You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For the salvation of Your anointed. You struck the head of the house of the evil To lay him open from thigh to neck. Selah. 14You pierced with his own spears The head of his throngs. They stormed in to scatter us; Their exultation was like those Who devour the oppressed in secret. 15You trampled on the sea with Your horses, On the surge of many waters.…
Cross References
Judges 7:22
When they blew 300 trumpets, the LORD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

Psalm 10:8
He sits in the lurking places of the villages; In the hiding places he kills the innocent; His eyes stealthily watch for the unfortunate.

Psalm 64:2
Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity,

Daniel 11:40
"At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through.

Zechariah 9:14
Then the LORD will appear over them, And His arrow will go forth like lightning; And the Lord GOD will blow the trumpet, And will march in the storm winds of the south.
Treasury of Scripture

You did strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

the head.

Exodus 11:4-7 And Moses said, Thus said the LORD, About midnight will I go out …

Exodus 12:12,13,29,30 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite …

Exodus 14:17,18 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they …

Psalm 78:50,51 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, …

Psalm 83:9-11 Do to them as to the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the …

they.

Exodus 14:5-9 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart …

Exodus 15:9,10 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the …

Psalm 83:2,8 For, see, your enemies make a tumult: and they that hate you have …

Psalm 118:10-12 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will …

Acts 4:27,28 For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, …

came out. Heb. were tempestuous.

Daniel 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: …

Zechariah 9:14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth …

their.

Exodus 1:10-16,22 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it …

Psalm 10:8 He sits in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places …

Psalm 64:2-7 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection …

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