Habakkuk 2:2
New International Version
Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said to me, "Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

English Standard Version
And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

Berean Study Bible
Then the LORD answered me: “Write down this vision and clearly inscribe it on tablets, so that a herald may run with it.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.

King James Bible
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.

Contemporary English Version
Then the LORD told me: "I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.

Good News Translation
The LORD gave me this answer: "Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.

International Standard Version
When he answered, the LORD told me: "Write out the revelation, engraving it clearly on the tablets, so that a courier may run with it.

NET Bible
The LORD responded: "Write down this message! Record it legibly on tablets, so the one who announces it may read it easily.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD answered me, "Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who runs may read it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD answered me, "Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets so that anyone can read it quickly.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD answered me, and said: 'Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, That a man may read it swiftly.

New American Standard 1977
Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD answered me and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that reads it.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it.

American King James Version
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and that plainly on a tablet, that he that reads it may run.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord answered me, and said: Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables: that he that readeth it may run over it.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah answered me and said, Write the vision, and engrave it upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.

English Revised Version
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

World English Bible
Yahweh answered me, "Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who runs may read it.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah answereth me and saith: 'Write a vision, and explain on the tables, That he may run who is reading it.
Study Bible
The LORD Answers Again
1I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the ramparts. I will watch to see what He will say to me and how I will answer my reproof. 2Then the LORD answered me: “Write down this vision and clearly inscribe it on tablets, so that a herald may run with it. 3For the vision awaits an appointed time; it testifies of the end, and will not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it, since it will surely come and not delay.…
Cross References
Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.

Revelation 1:19
Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this.

Deuteronomy 27:8
And you shall write distinctly upon these stones all the words of this law."

Isaiah 8:1
Then the LORD said to me, "Take a large scroll and write on it with an ordinary stylus: Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.

Jeremiah 30:2
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write in a book all the words that I have spoken to you.

Jeremiah 36:2
"Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah, and all the nations, from the day I first spoke to you during the reign of Josiah until today.

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain on tables, that he may run that reads it.

Write.

Deuteronomy 27:8
And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.

Deuteronomy 31:19,22
Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel…

Isaiah 8:1
Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.

make.

John 11:28,29
And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee…

1 Corinthians 14:19
Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

2 Corinthians 3:12
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:







Lexicon
Then the LORD
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

answered me:
וַיַּעֲנֵ֤נִי (way·ya·‘ă·nê·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

“Write down
כְּת֣וֹב (kə·ṯō·wḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

this vision
חָז֔וֹן (ḥā·zō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2377: A sight, a dream, revelation, oracle

and clearly
וּבָאֵ֖ר (ū·ḇā·’êr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 874: To dig, to engrave, to explain

inscribe it on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

tablets,
הַלֻּח֑וֹת (hal·lu·ḥō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3871: To glisten, a tablet, of stone, wood, metal

so that
לְמַ֥עַן (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 4616: Purpose -- intent

a herald
ק֥וֹרֵא (qō·w·rê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

may run
יָר֖וּץ (yā·rūṣ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7323: To run

with it.
בֽוֹ׃ (ḇōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew
(2) On tables.--Better, on the tables. The definite article probably indicates certain well-known tables on which the prophets were wont to inscribe their utterances for public edification. These tables may have been hung up in the Temple (Calvin) or market-place (Luther and Ewald).

That he may run that readeth it--i.e., the prophecy is to be inscribed plainly and legibly, so that the reader may "run his eye" quickly through it.

Verse 2. - Jehovah answers the prophet's expostulation (Habakkuk 1:12, etc.). Write. That it may remain permanently on record, and that, when it comes to pass, people may believe in the prophet's inspiration (John 13:19; comp. Isaiah 8:1; Isaiah 30:8; Jeremiah 30:2; Revelation 1:11). The vision (see Habakkuk 1:1: Obadiah 1:1). The word includes the inward revelation as well as the open vision. Upon tables; upon the tables (Deuteronomy 27:8); i.e. certain tablets placed in public places, that all might see and read them (see Isaiah, loc. cit.); Septuagint, εἰς πυξίον, "a boxwood tablet" The summary of what was to be written is given in ver. 4. This was to be "made plain," written large and legibly. Septuagint, σαφῶς. That he may run that readeth it. The common explanation of these words (unfortunately perpetuated by Keble's well known hymn, "There is a book, who runs may read"), viz. that even the runner, one who hastens by hurriedly, may be able to read it, is not borne out by the Hebrew, which rather means that every one who reads it may run, i.e. read fluently and easily. So Jerome, "Scribere jubetur planius, ut possit lector currere, et nullo impedimento velocitas ejus et legendi cupido teneatur." Henderson, comparing Daniel 12:4, "Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased," interprets the clause to signify that whosoever reads the announcement might run and publish it to all within his reach. "' To run,'" he adds, "is equivalent to 'to prophesy' in Jeremiah 23:21," on the principle that those who were charged with a Divine message were to use all despatch in making it known. In the passage of Daniel, "to run to and fro," is explained to mean "to peruse." 2:1-4 When tossed and perplexed with doubts about the methods of Providence, we must watch against temptations to be impatient. When we have poured out complaints and requests before God, we must observe the answers God gives by his word, his Spirit, and providences; what the Lord will say to our case. God will not disappoint the believing expectations of those who wait to hear what he will say unto them. All are concerned in the truths of God's word. Though the promised favour be deferred long, it will come at last, and abundantly recompense us for waiting. The humble, broken-hearted, repenting sinner, alone seeks to obtain an interest in this salvation. He will rest his soul on the promise, and on Christ, in and through whom it is given. Thus he walks and works, as well as lives by faith, perseveres to the end, and is exalted to glory; while those who distrust or despise God's all-sufficiency will not walk uprightly with him. The just shall live by faith in these precious promises, while the performance of them is deferred. Only those made just by faith, shall live, shall be happy here and for ever.
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