Habakkuk 1:17
New International Version
Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

New Living Translation
Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?

English Standard Version
Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?

Berean Study Bible
Will they, therefore, empty their net and continue to slay nations without mercy?

New American Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?

King James Bible
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

Christian Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

Contemporary English Version
Will he keep hauling in his nets and destroying nations without showing mercy?

Good News Translation
Are they going to use their swords forever and keep on destroying nations without mercy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

International Standard Version
Is he to continue to empty his fishing net? Will he ever stop killing entire nations without mercy?"

NET Bible
Will he then continue to fill and empty his throw net? Will he always destroy nations and spare none?

New Heart English Bible
Will he therefore continually empty his net, killing the nations without mercy?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will they keep on emptying their nets and always kill nations without mercy?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall they therefore empty their net, And not spare to slay the nations continually?

New American Standard 1977
Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall he therefore empty his net, or have pity to stop slaying Gentiles continually?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall they therefore empty their net, and continually slay the nations without mercy?

American King James Version
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

American Standard Version
Shall he therefore empty his net, and spare not to slay the nations continually?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore will he cast his net, and will not spare to slay the nations continually.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause therefore he spreadeth his net, and will not spare continually to slay the nations.

Darby Bible Translation
Shall he therefore empty his net, and not spare to slay the nations continually?

English Revised Version
Shall he therefore empty his net, and not spare to slay the nations continually?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

World English Bible
Will he therefore continually empty his net, and kill the nations without mercy?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth he therefore empty his net, And continually to slay nations spare not?
Study Bible
Habakkuk's Second Complaint
16Therefore 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. 17Will they, therefore, empty their net and continue to slay nations without mercy?
Cross References
Isaiah 14:5
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers.

Isaiah 14:6
It struck the peoples in anger with unceasing blows; it subdued the nations in rage with relentless persecution.

Isaiah 19:8
Then the fishermen will mourn, all who cast hooks into the Nile will lament, and those who spread nets on the water will grieve.

Treasury of Scripture

Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

and.

Habakkuk 1:9,10
They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand…

Habakkuk 2:5-8,17
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people: …

Isaiah 14:16,17
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; …







Lexicon
Will they,
הַ֥עַל (ha·‘al)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

therefore,
כֵּ֖ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

empty
יָרִ֣יק (yā·rîq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7324: Arm, cast out, draw out, make empty, pour forth out

their net
חֶרְמ֑וֹ (ḥer·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2764: A net, a doomed object, extermination

and continue
וְתָמִ֛יד (wə·ṯā·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8548: Continuance, constant, ellipt, the regular, sacrifice

to slay
לַהֲרֹ֥ג (la·hă·rōḡ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 2026: To smite with deadly intent

nations
גּוֹיִ֖ם (gō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

without
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

mercy?
יַחְמֽוֹל׃ (yaḥ·mō·wl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2550: To commiserate, to spare
(17) Shall they therefore empty their net. . . .--Literally, Shall he therefore empty his net? i.e., Shall this voracious Chaldaean plunderer be allowed to consume his prey, and cast in his emptied net again and again?

Verse 17. - Shall they therefore empty their net? Because they have had this career of rapine and conquest, shall God allow them to continue it? Shall they be permitted to be continually emptying their net in order to fill it again? The idea is that they carried off their booty and captives and secured them in their own territory, and then set out on new expeditions to acquire fresh plunder. The question is answered in the next chapter, where the judgment on the Chaldeans is pronounced. And not spare continually to slay the nations? And cease not to send forth his armies and to found his empire in the blood of conquered nations. The Septuagint and Vulgate have no interrogation, the assertion being made by way of expostulation.



1:12-17 However matters may be, yet God is the Lord our God, our Holy One. We are an offending people, he is an offended God, yet we will not entertain hard thoughts of him, or of his service. It is great comfort that, whatever mischief men design, the Lord designs good, and we are sure that his counsel shall stand. Though wickedness may prosper a while, yet God is holy, and does not approve the wickedness. As he cannot do iniquity himself, so he is of purer eyes than to behold it with any approval. By this principle we must abide, though the dispensations of his providence may for a time, in some cases, seem to us not to agree with it. The prophet complains that God's patience was abused; and because sentence against these evil works and workers was not executed speedily, their hearts were the more fully set in them to do evil. Some they take up as with the angle, one by one; others they catch in shoals, as in their net, and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net. They admire their own cleverness and contrivance: there is great proneness in us to take the glory of outward prosperity to ourselves. This is idolizing ourselves, sacrificing to the drag-net because it is our own. God will soon end successful and splendid robberies. Death and judgment shall make men cease to prey on others, and they shall be preyed on themselves. Let us remember, whatever advantages we possess, we must give all the glory to God.
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