Habakkuk 3:4
New International Version
His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.

New Living Translation
His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.

English Standard Version
His brightness was like the light; rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.

Berean Study Bible
His radiance was like the sunlight; rays flashed from His hand, where His power is hidden.

New American Standard Bible
His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.

King James Bible
And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

Christian Standard Bible
His brilliance is like light; rays are flashing from his hand. This is where his power is hidden.

Contemporary English Version
Your glory shone like the sun, and light flashed from your hands, hiding your mighty power.

Good News Translation
He comes with the brightness of lightning; light flashes from his hand, there where his power is hidden.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
His brilliance is like light; rays are flashing from His hand. This is where His power is hidden.

International Standard Version
His radiance is like sunlight; beams of light shine from his hand, where his strength lays hidden.

NET Bible
He is as bright as lightning; a two-pronged lightning bolt flashes from his hand. This is the outward display of his power.

New Heart English Bible
His splendor is like the sunrise. Rays shine from his hand, where his power is hidden.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His brightness is like the sunlight. Rays of light [stream] from his hand. That is where his power is hidden.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And a brightness appeareth as the light; Rays hath He at His side; And there is the hiding of His power.

New American Standard 1977
His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand; and there was hidden his strength.

King James 2000 Bible
And his brightness was as the light; he had rays flashing out of his hand: and there was his power hidden.

American King James Version
And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

American Standard Version
And his brightness was as the light; He had rays coming forth from his hand; And there was the hiding of his power.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
His excellence covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness shall be as light; there were horns in his hands, and he caused a mighty love of his strength.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His brightness shall be as the light; horns are in his hands: There is his strength hid:

Darby Bible Translation
And [his] brightness was as the light; Rays [came forth] from his hand; And there was the hiding of his power.

English Revised Version
And his brightness was as the light; he had rays coming forth from his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

Webster's Bible Translation
And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand; and there was the hiding of his power.

World English Bible
His splendor is like the sunrise. Rays shine from his hand, where his power is hidden.

Young's Literal Translation
And the brightness is as the light, He hath rays out of His hand, And there -- the hiding of His strength.
Study Bible
Habakkuk's Prayer
3God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens, and His praise filled the earth. 4His radiance was like the sunlight; rays flashed from His hand, where His power is hidden. 5Plague went before Him, and pestilence followed in His steps.…
Cross References
Job 26:14
Indeed, these are but the fringes of His ways; how faint is the whisper we hear of Him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?"

Psalm 18:12
From the brightness of His presence, His clouds advanced--hailstones and coals of fire.

Treasury of Scripture

And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

brightness.

Exodus 13:21
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

Exodus 14:20
And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Nehemiah 9:12
Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.

horns coming out of his hand.

Job 26:14
Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.







Lexicon
[His] radiance
וְנֹ֙גַהּ֙ (wə·nō·ḡah)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5051: Brilliancy

was
תִּֽהְיֶ֔ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

like the sunlight;
כָּא֣וֹר (kā·’ō·wr)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 216: Illumination, luminary

rays [flashed]
קַרְנַ֥יִם (qar·na·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's Hebrew 7161: A horn, a flask, cornet, an elephant's tooth, a corner, a peak, a ray, power

from His hand,
מִיָּד֖וֹ (mî·yā·ḏōw)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

where
וְשָׁ֖ם (wə·šām)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

His power
עֻזֹּֽה׃‪‬‪‬ (‘uz·zōh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5797: Strength, might

is hidden.
חֶבְי֥וֹן (ḥeḇ·yō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2253: A hiding, hiding place
(4) And his brightness was as the light. . . .--Better, And a brightness shall there be, like sunlight, and rays are at His side; and there [i.e., in this radiance] is the tabernacle of His power.

Verse 4. - His brightness was as the light; brightness appeareth like light, The sunlight is meant, as Job 31:26; Job 37:21; Isaiah 18:4. He had horns coming out of his hand; i.e. rays of light on either side. The comparison of the first rays of light to the horns of the gazelle, according to Keil, is common in Arabic poetry (comp. Exodus 34:29, 30). In the original passage, Deuteronomy 33:2, we read, "At his right hand was a fiery Law unto them" - a reference to the two tables of stone, perhaps resplendent with light. The "hand" in our text is a general expression, and is not to be taken with any special reference to lightning launched by the hand (which is not a scriptural expression), nor to works effected by God's agency, but simply as signifying that the light of his presence streamed forth from both sides, i.e. everywhere. There was the hiding of his power. There, in that ineffable light, was the hiding place of his majesty. He clothes himself with light as with a garment (Psalm 104:2), and the splendour is the mantle of that presence which eye of man cannot behold (Exodus 24:17; 1 Timothy 6:16). Farrar quotes Psalm 18:11, "He made darkness his secret place;" and Milton -

"Dark with excess of light his skirts appear." Septuagint, Αθετο ἀγάπησιν κραταιὰν ἰσχύος αὐτοῦ, which rendering has arisen from taking the adverb sham as a verb (sam), and mistaking the meaning of the following word. 3:3-15 God's people, when in distress, and ready to despair, seek help by considering the days of old, and the years of ancient times, and by pleading them with God in prayer. The resemblance between the Babylonish and Egyptian captivities, naturally presents itself to the mind, as well as the possibility of a like deliverance through the power of Jehovah. God appeared in his glory. All the powers of nature are shaken, and the course of nature changed, but all is for the salvation of God's own people. Even what seems least likely, shall be made to work for their salvation. Hereby is given a type and figure of the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ. It is for salvation with thine anointed. Joshua who led the armies of Israel, was a figure of Him whose name he bare, even Jesus, our Joshua. In all the salvations wrought for them, God looked upon Christ the Anointed, and brought deliverances to pass by him. All the wonders done for Israel of old, were nothing to that which was done when the Son of God suffered on the cross for the sins of his people. How glorious his resurrection and ascension! And how much more glorious will be his second coming, to put an end to all that opposes him, and all that causes suffering to his people!
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