Habakkuk 1:11
New International Version
Then they sweep past like the wind and go on-- guilty people, whose own strength is their god."

New Living Translation
They sweep past like the wind and are gone. But they are deeply guilty, for their own strength is their god."

English Standard Version
Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!”

Berean Study Bible
Then they sweep by like the wind and pass on through. They are guilty; their own strength is their god.

New American Standard Bible
"Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god."

King James Bible
Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

Christian Standard Bible
Then they sweep by like the wind and pass through. They are guilty; their strength is their god.

Contemporary English Version
Then suddenly they disappear like a gust of wind--those sinful people who worship their own strength.

Good News Translation
Then they sweep on like the wind and are gone, these men whose power is their god."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they sweep by like the wind and pass through. They are guilty; their strength is their god.

International Standard Version
Then like the wind sweeping by they will pass through— they're guilty because they say their power is their god."

NET Bible
They sweep by like the wind and pass on. But the one who considers himself a god will be held guilty."

New Heart English Bible
Then he sweeps by like the wind, and goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is his god."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will move quickly and pass through like the wind. So they will be guilty, because their own strength is their god.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then their spirit doth pass over and transgress, And they become guilty: Even they who impute their might unto their god.

New American Standard 1977
“Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he shall become arrogant against God, and he shall pass ahead and shall be found guilty, imputing this his power unto his god.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall his mind change, and he shall transgress, and offend, ascribing this his power unto his god.

American King James Version
Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power to his god.

American Standard Version
Then shall he sweep by as a wind, and shall pass over, and be guilty, even he whose might is his god.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then shall he change his spirit, and he shall pass through, and make an atonement, saying, This strength belongs to my god.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall his spirit be changed, and he shall pass, and fall: this is his strength of his god.

Darby Bible Translation
Then will his mind change, and he will pass on, and become guilty: this his power is become his +god.

English Revised Version
Then shall he sweep by as a wind, and shall pass over, and be guilty: even he whose might is his god.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power to his god.

World English Bible
Then he sweeps by like the wind, and goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is his god."

Young's Literal Translation
Then passed on hath the spirit, Yea, he doth transgress, And doth ascribe this his power to his god.
Study Bible
The LORD's Answer
10They scoff at kings and make rulers an object of scorn. They laugh at every fortress and build up siege ramps to seize it. 11Then they sweep by like the wind and pass on through. They are guilty; their own strength is their god.
Cross References
Jeremiah 2:3
Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of His harvest. All who devoured her found themselves guilty; disaster came upon them, declares the LORD."

Jeremiah 4:11
At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A searing wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward the daughter of My people, but not to winnow or to sift;

Jeremiah 4:12
a wind too strong for that comes from Me. Now I will also pronounce judgments against them."

Daniel 4:30
the king exclaimed, "Is this not Babylon the Great, which I myself have built by the might of my power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?"

Habakkuk 1:16
Therefore they sacrifice to their dragnet and burn incense to their fishing net, for by these things their portion is sumptuous and their food is rich.

Treasury of Scripture

Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power to his god.

shall his.

Daniel 4:30-34
The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? …

imputing.

Daniel 5:3,4,20
Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them…







Lexicon
Then
אָ֣ז (’āz)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 227: At that time, place, therefore

they sweep by
חָלַ֥ף (ḥā·lap̄)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2498: To slide by, to hasten away, pass on, spring up, pierce, change

like the wind
ר֛וּחַ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

and pass on through.
וַֽיַּעֲבֹ֖ר (way·ya·‘ă·ḇōr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

They
ז֥וּ (zū)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 2098: This, which, who

are guilty;
וְאָשֵׁ֑ם (wə·’ā·šêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 816: To be guilty, to be punished, perish

their own strength
כֹח֖וֹ (ḵō·ḥōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3581: A small reptile (of unknown species)

is their god.
לֵאלֹהֽוֹ׃ (lê·lō·hōw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(11) Then shall his mind change. . . .--Better, Then he sweeps by like a wind and passes. But he is guilty, making this his strength his god. By an abrupt transition the latter half of the verse diverts our attention from the human view of the world-conqueror to his appearance in God's sight. Men only see an irresistible force sweeping over the face of the earth like a whirlwind; here to-day, and to-morrow nothing but devastation and ruin to testify to its visit. And men are dazzled by this mighty display of power. But, even as Daniel at Belshazzar's feast, Habakkuk pronounces the oppressor's doom in the very hour of triumph. The description of the irresistible invader drops into the sudden depths of anti-climax, "But he is (counted) guilty." His guilt consists just in what men deem so glorious, in his self-reliant irresponsible pursuit of grandeur. The brute force of armaments is the supreme deity of the Chaldaean. His sword and spear are, as it were, his idols. (Comp. Habakkuk 1:16.) God, in whose hands his breath is, and whose are all his ways, has he not glorified. (Comp. Daniel 5:23.) Therefore that God shall bring on him ruin and ignominy, and the very nations which have marvelled at his prowess shall taunt and contemn him (Habakkuk 2:6). Here, then, is the key-note of so much of the second canto (Habakkuk 1:12 to 2 fin.) as relates to the downfall of the invader.

Verse 11. - Then shall his mind change; Τότε μεταβαλεῖ τὸ πνεῦμα (Septuagint); Tunc mutabitur spiritus (Vulgate). From the ease and extent of his conquests the Chaldean gains fresh spirit. But it is best to translate differently, Then he sweepeth on as a wind. The Chaldean's inroad is compared to a tempestuous wind, which carries all before it. And he shall pass over. This is explained to mean, he exceeds all limits in his arrogancy, or he passes onward through the land. The former interpretation regards what is coming, the latter keeps to the metaphor of the wind. And offend. He is guilty, or offends, as the next clause explains, by attributing his success to his own prowess and skill. Thus the prophet intimates that the avenger himself incurs God's displeasure, and will suffer for it. Septuagint, καὶ ἐξιλάσεται, which St. Cyril interprets to mean that the Lord will change his purpose of punishing the Jews, and will have mercy on them - a notion quite foreign to the purport of the sentence. Imputing this his power unto his god; more literally, this his power is his god; Revised Version, even he whose might is his god. He defies the Lord, and makes his might his god. (For such pride and self-glorification, setup. Isaiah 14:13; Isaiah 47:7, etc.; Daniel 4:30.) Thus Mezentius, the despiser of the gods, speaks in Virgil, 'AEn.,' 10:773 -

"Dextra mihi deus et telum, quod missile libro,
Nunc adsint!"
Comp. Statius, 'Theb.,' 3:615 -

"Virtus mihi numen, et ensis, Quem teneo." 1:1-11 The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. No man scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour. We should long to remove to the world where holiness and love reign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has good reasons for his long-suffering towards bad men, and the rebukes of good men. The day will come when the cry of sin will be heard against those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for those that suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forward among the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves a nation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continued prosperity, or that calamities will not come in their days. They are a bitter and hasty nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing down all before them. They shall overcome all that oppose them. But it is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people, to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse of comfort.
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