New Living Translation
Are we only fish to be caught and killed? Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?
King James Bible
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
Darby Bible Translation
And thou makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them.
World English Bible
and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
Young's Literal Translation
And Thou makest man as fishes of the sea, As a creeping thing -- none ruling over him.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
1:14 And makest - Not infusing cruel appetites, but permitting them to act according to such appetite which was already in them. As the fishes - Of which the greater greedily devour the smaller. Creeping things - Which in the waters are food for the lesser fry; so the world, like the sea, is wholly oppression. No ruler - None to defend the weak, or restrain the mighty.
The precise interpretation of the book of Habakkuk presents unusual difficulties; but, brief and difficult as it is, it is clear that Habakkuk was a great prophet, of earnest, candid soul, and he has left us one of the noblest and most penetrating words in the history of religion, ii. 4b. The prophecy may be placed about the year 600 B.C. The Assyrian empire had fallen, and by the battle of Carchemish in 605 B.C., Babylonian supremacy was practically established over Western Asia. Josiah's reformation, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"But now I am sending for many fishermen who will catch them," says the LORD. "I am sending for hunters who will hunt them down in the mountains, hills, and caves.
But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil. Will you wink at their treachery? Should you be silent while the wicked swallow up people more righteous than they?
Must we be strung up on their hooks and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate?
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