Jehovah the Lord is my strength, And He doth make my feet like hinds, And on my high-places causeth me to tread. To the overseer with my stringed instruments!
Habakkuk 3:19 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The Lord God is my strength - This is an imitation, if not a quotation, from Psalm 18:32-33 (note), where see the notes.
Will make me to walk upon mine high places - This last verse is spoken in the person of the people, who seem to anticipate their restoration; and that they shall once more rejoice in the hills and mountains of Judea.
To the chief singer on my stringed instruments - This line, which is evidently a superscription, leads me to suppose that when the prophet had completed his short ode, he folded it up, with the above direction to the master singer, or leader of the choir, to be sung in the temple service. Many of the Psalms are directed in the same way. "To the master singer;" or, "chief musician;" to be sung, according to their nature, on different kinds of instruments, or with particular airs or tunes.
Neginoth, נגינות which we translate stringed instruments, means such as were struck with a plectrum, or excited by some kind of friction or pulsation; as violins and cymbals or tambourines are. I do not think that the line makes any part of the prophecy, but merely the superscription or direction of the work when it was finished. The ending will appear much more dignified, this line being separated from it.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalm 18:1 I will love you, O LORD, my strength.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song...
Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come...
Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, said the LORD.
2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;
2 Samuel 22:34 He makes my feet like hinds' feet: and sets me on my high places.
Psalm 18:33 He makes my feet like hinds' feet, and sets me on my high places.
Deuteronomy 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields...
Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel: who is like to you, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help...
Isaiah 58:14 Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high places of the earth...
stringed instruments. Heb. Neginoth.
Psalm 4:1-8 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: you have enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer...
Psalm 6:1-10 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure...
Psalm 54:1-7 Save me, O God, by your name, and judge me by your strength...
Psalm 55:1-23 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not yourself from my supplication...
Psalm 67:1-7 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah...
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