Habakkuk 3:11
New International Version
Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear.

New Living Translation
The sun and moon stood still in the sky as your brilliant arrows flew and your glittering spear flashed.

English Standard Version
The sun and moon stood still in their place at the light of your arrows as they sped, at the flash of your glittering spear.

Berean Study Bible
Sun and moon stood still in their places at the flash of Your flying arrows, at the brightness of Your shining spear.

King James Bible
The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.

New King James Version
The sun and moon stood still in their habitation; At the light of Your arrows they went, At the shining of Your glittering spear.

New American Standard Bible
Sun and moon stood in their lofty places; They went away at the light of Your arrows, At the radiance of Your flashing spear.

NASB 1995
Sun and moon stood in their places; They went away at the light of Your arrows, At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.

NASB 1977
Sun and moon stood in their places; They went away at the light of Thine arrows, At the radiance of Thy gleaming spear.

Amplified Bible
The sun and moon stood in their places [as before Joshua]; They went away at the light of Your [swift] arrows, At the radiance and gleam of Your glittering spear.

Christian Standard Bible
Sun and moon stand still in their lofty residence, at the flash of your flying arrows, at the brightness of your shining spear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sun and moon stand still in their lofty residence, at the flash of Your flying arrows, at the brightness of Your shining spear.

American Standard Version
The sun and moon stood still in their habitation, At the light of thine arrows as they went, At the shining of thy glittering spear.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The sun and the moon stood still in their dwellings, and in the light of your arrows they walk and in the shining of the lightning of your spears!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The sun was exalted, and the moon stood still in her course: thy darts shall go forth at the light, at the brightness of the gleaming of thine arms.

Contemporary English Version
The sun and moon stood still, while your arrows and spears flashed like lightning.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sun and the moon stood still in their habitation, in the light of thy arrows, they shall go in the brightness of thy glittering spear.

English Revised Version
The sun and moon stood still in their habitation; at the light of thine arrows as they went, at the shining of thy glittering spear.

Good News Translation
At the flash of your speeding arrows and the gleam of your shining spear, the sun and the moon stood still.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The sun and the moon stand still. They scatter at the light of your arrows, at the bright lightning of your spear.

International Standard Version
The sun and moon stand still in their orbits; at the glint of your arrows they speed along, even at the gleam of your flashing spear.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The sun and moon stand still in their habitation; At the light of Thine arrows as they go, At the shining of Thy glittering spear.

Literal Standard Version
Sun—moon—has stood—a habitation, Your arrows go on at the light, At the brightness, the glittering of Your spear.

NET Bible
The sun and moon stand still in their courses; the flash of your arrows drives them away, the bright light of your lightning-quick spear.

New Heart English Bible
The sun and moon stood still in the sky, at the light of your arrows as they went, at the shining of your glittering spear.

World English Bible
The sun and moon stood still in the sky, at the light of your arrows as they went, at the shining of your glittering spear.

Young's Literal Translation
Sun -- moon -- hath stood -- a habitation, At the light thine arrows go on, At the brightness, the glittering of thy spear.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Habakkuk's Prayer
10The mountains saw You and quaked; torrents of water swept by. The deep roared with its voice and lifted its hands on high. 11Sun and moon stood still in their places at the flash of Your flying arrows, at the brightness of Your shining spear. 12You marched across the earth with fury; You threshed the nations in wrath.…

Cross References
Joshua 10:12
On the day that the LORD gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon."

Joshua 10:13
So the sun stood still and the moon stopped until the nation took vengeance upon its enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? "So the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day."

Psalm 18:14
He shot His arrows and scattered the foes; He hurled lightning and routed them.

Psalm 144:6
Flash forth Your lightning and scatter them; shoot Your arrows and rout them.

Isaiah 49:2
He made My mouth like a sharp sword; He hid Me in the shadow of His hand. He made Me like a polished arrow; He hid Me in His quiver.

Nahum 3:3
Charging horseman, flashing sword, shining spear; heaps of slain, mounds of corpses, dead bodies without end--they stumble over their dead--

Habakkuk 3:9
You brandished Your bow; You called for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers.


Treasury of Scripture

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of your arrows they went, and at the shining of your glittering spear.

sun.

Joshua 10:12,13
Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon…

Isaiah 28:21
For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

Isaiah 38:8
Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.

habitation.

Psalm 19:4
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

Joshua 10:11
And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

Psalm 18:12-14
At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire…

Psalm 77:17,18
The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad…









(11) The sun and moon stand still in their habitation--scil., where they were at the beginning of the judgment. Here, of course, Habakkuk has in mind Joshua 10:12-13. The rest of the verse is best rendered, at the light of Thine arrows which go abroad, at the bright glancing of Thy spear. Apparently, the conception is that the surpassing brightness of the theophany shames the heavenly bodies, which accordingly cease to pursue their journey.

Verse 11. - The sun and moon stood still in their habitation; or, stand still, or withdraw into their habitation. They hide themselves in the tabernacles whence they are said to emerge when they shine (Psalm 19:4, etc.). Overpowered with the splendour of God's presence, the heavenly luminaries hide their light in this day of the Lord (comp. Isaiah 13:10; Joel 2:2, 10, 31; Joel 3:15; Amos 5:20; Matthew 24:29). The miracle of Joshua (Joshua 10:12, etc.) may have suggested some of the language here, but the idea is quite different. At the light of thine arrows they went; i.e. the sun and moon fled away discomfited at the glory of God's weapons, his arrows gleaming with light. The idea may be that, in the absence of the sun and moon, the terrific scene was illuminated only by flashes of lightning. "Lightnings" are sometimes celled God's "arrows," as in Psalm 18:14; Psalm 77:17, etc.; but the image here is rather of the arms of a warrior. Many supply the relative in the sentence, and render, "arrows which shoot along." This seems to be unnecessary, and is not supported by the versions. There is no special reference to the hailstorm at Beth-horon, which discomfited the Cananites, but enabled the Israelites to pass on to victory (Joshua, loc. cit.). It is the terror of the judgment that is adumbrated, when the Lord shall come in flames of fire (2 Thessalonians 1:8), and the heavens shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat (2 Peter 3:12).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Sun
שֶׁ֥מֶשׁ (še·meš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement

and moon
יָרֵ֖חַ (yā·rê·aḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3394: The moon

stood still
עָ֣מַד (‘ā·maḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

in their places
זְבֻ֑לָה (zə·ḇu·lāh)
Noun - masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 2073: Elevation, height, lofty abode

at the flash
לְא֤וֹר (lə·’ō·wr)
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular
Strong's 216: Illumination, luminary

of Your flying
יְהַלֵּ֔כוּ (yə·hal·lê·ḵū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

arrows,
חִצֶּ֙יךָ֙ (ḥiṣ·ṣe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2671: A piercer, an arrow, a wound, thunderbolt, the shaft of a, spear

at the brightness
לְנֹ֖גַהּ (lə·nō·ḡah)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5051: Brilliancy

of Your shining
בְּרַ֥ק (bə·raq)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1300: Lightning, a gleam, a flashing sword

spear.
חֲנִיתֶֽךָ׃ (ḥă·nî·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2595: A lance


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