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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Habakkuk 1:8

    CHAPTERS: Habakkuk 1, 2, 3     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17




    King James Bible - Habakkuk 1:8

    Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

    World English Bible

    Their horses also are swifter than leopards, and are more fierce than the
    evening wolves. Their horsemen press proudly on. Yes, their horsemen come from afar. They fly as an eagle that hurries to devour.

    Douay-Rheims - Habakkuk 1:8

    Their horses are lighter than leopards, and swifter than
    evening wolves; and their horsemen shall be spread abroad: for their horsemen shall come from afar, they shall fly as an eagle that maketh haste to eat.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the
    evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

    Original Hebrew

    7043 מנמרים 5246 סוסיו 5483 וחדו 2300 מזאבי 2061 ערב 6153 ופשׁו 6335 פרשׁיו 6571 ופרשׁיו 6571 מרחוק 7350 יבאו 935 יעפו 5774 כנשׁר 5404 חשׁ 2363 לאכול׃ 398

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (8) -
    De 28:49 Isa 5:26-28

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 1:8

    Y serán sus caballos más ligeros que tigres, y más agudos que lobos de tarde; y sus jinetes se multiplicarán; vendrán de lejos sus caballeros, y volarán como águilas que se apresuran a la comida.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Habakkuk 1:8

    Verse 8. Their
    horses also are swifter than the leopards] The Chaldean cavalry are proverbial for swiftness, courage, &c. In Jeremiah, chap. iv. 13, it is said, speaking of Nebuchadnezzar, "His chariots are as a whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles." Appian, speaking of the horses bred about the Euphrates, says, "They are by nature warhorses, and so intrepid that neither the sight nor the roaring of the lion appals them; and, besides, they are astonishingly fleet." The leopard, of all quadrupeds, is allowed to be the swiftest.

    The evening wolves] The wolf is remarkable for his quick sight. AElian says, oxuwtestaton esti zwon, kai mentoi, kai nuktov kai selhnhv ouk oushv ode ora; "The wolf is a very fleet animal; and, besides, it can see by night, even when there is no moonlight." Some think the hyaena is meant: it is a swift, cruel, and untameable animal. The other prophets speak of the Chaldeans in the same way. See Deut. xxviii. 49; Jer. xlviii. 40; xlix. 22; Ezek. xvii. 5; Lam. iv. 19.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. Their horses also are swifter than the leopards , etc.] Creatures remarkable for their swiftness: these are creatures born of the mating of a he panther and a lioness, and not of a lion and a she panther, as some have affirmed; and which adultery is highly resented by the lion; nor will he suffer it to go unrevenged, as Pliny and Philostratus observe: those thus begotten differ from common lions in this, that they have no manes: the panthers are the creatures here meant, which are very swift, as Bochart from various authors has observed. Lucan calls this creature “celerem pardum”, “the swift panther”; and Jerom says nothing is swifter than the panther; and Aelianus observes that the panther, by the swiftness of its running, will overtake most creatures, and particularly apes; and Eustathius confirms the same, saying that it exceeds other creatures in swiftness, and as it were flies before the eyes of hunters; and Osorius f27 relates, that the king of Portugal once sent to the pope of Rome a panther tamed, which being had into the woods a hunting by a Persian hunter, with wonderful swiftness leaped upon the boars and deer, and killed them at once; and the Septuagint version here is, “their horses will leap above the panthers”: or exceed them in leaping, for which these panthers are very famous too: an Arabic writer f28 , whom Bochart mentions, says it will leap above forty cubits at a leap. Pliny reports, that the panthers in Africa will get up into thick trees, and hide themselves in the branches, and leap from thence on those that pass by; and because of the swiftness of this creature, with other qualities of it, the third beast or Grecian monarchy, especially in its first head Alexander the great, is represented by it, ( Daniel 7:6) he making such a swift and rapid progress in his conquests; and yet the Chaldean horses would exceed them in swiftness, and be very speedy in their march into the land of Judea; and therefore it was in vain for the Jews to please themselves with the thoughts that these people were a great way off, and so they secure from them, when they could and would be upon them presently, ere they were aware: and are more fierce than ravening wolves ; which creatures are naturally fierce, and especially when they are hungry, and particularly at evening; when, having had no food all the day, their appetites are very keen, and they go in quest of their prey; and, when they meet with it, fall upon it with greater eagerness and fierceness. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, than the wolves of Arabia; that there are wolves very frequent in Arabia, is observed by Diodorus Siculus f30 , and Strabo f31 ; but that these are remarkable for their fierceness does not appear; rather those in colder climates are more fierce; so Pliny says, they are little and sluggish in Africa and Egypt, but rough and fierce in cold climates. It is, in the original text, “more sharp” f33 ; which some interpret of the sharpness of their sight.

    Aelianus says f34 , it is a most quick and sharp sighted creature; and can see in the night season, even though the moon shines not: the reason of which Pliny gives is, because the eyes of wolves are shining, and dart light; hence Aelianus observes, that that time of the night in which the wolf only by nature enjoys the light is called wolf light; and that Homer calls a night which has some glimmering of light, or a sort of twilight, such as the wolves can see themselves walk by, amfiluch nux , which is that light that precedes the rising sun; and he also observes that the wolf is sacred to the sun, and to Apollo, which are the same; and there was an image of one at Delphos; and so Macrobias says, that the inhabitants of Lycopolis, a city of Thebais in Egypt, alike worship Apollo and a wolf, and in both the sun, because this animal takes and consumes all things like the sun; and, because perceiving much by the quick sight of its eyes, overcomes the darkness of the night; and observes, that some think they have their name from light, though they would have it be from the morning light; because those creatures especially observe that time for seizing on cattle, after a nights hunger, when before day light they are turned out of the stables into pasture; but it is for the most part at evening, and in the night, that wolves prowl about for their prey f39 ; and from whence they have the name of evening wolves, to which the Chaldean horses are here compared: and yet there seems to be an antipathy between these, if what some naturalists f40 say is true; as that if a horse by chance treads in the footsteps of a wolf, a numbness will immediately seize it, yea, even its belly will burst; and that, if the hip bone of a wolf is thrown under horses drawing a chariot full speed, and they tread upon it, they will stop and stand stone still, immovable: whether respect is here had to the quick sight or sharp hunger of these creatures is not easy to say; though rather, since the comparison of them is with horses, it seems to respect the fierceness of them, for which the war horse is famous, ( Job 39:24) and may be better understood of the sharpness of the appetite of evening wolves, when hunger bitten: and their horsemen shall spread themselves ; or be multiplied, as the Targum; they shall be many, and spread themselves all over the country, so that there will be no escaping; all will fall into their hands: and their horsemen shall come from far ; as Chaldea was reckoned from Judea, and especially in comparison of neighbouring nations, who used to be troublesome, as Moab, Edom, etc. (see Jeremiah 5:15): they shall flee as the eagle [that] hasteth to eat ; those horsemen shall be so speedy in their march, that they shall seem rather to fly than ride, and even to fly as swift as the eagle, the swiftest of birds, and which itself flies swiftest when hungry, and in sight of its prey; and the rather this bird is mentioned, because used by many nations, as the Persians, and others, for a military sign f41 .

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-11 - The servants of the Lord are deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness an violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. No ma scrupled doing wrong to his neighbour. We should long to remove to the world where holiness and love reign for ever, and no violence shall be before us. God has good reasons for his long-suffering towards bad men and the rebukes of good men. The day will come when the cry of sin wil be heard against those that do wrong, and the cry of prayer for thos that suffer wrong. They were to notice what was going forward among the heathen by the Chaldeans, and to consider themselves a nation to be scourged by them. But most men presume on continued prosperity, or tha calamities will not come in their days. They are a bitter and hast nation, fierce, cruel, and bearing down all before them. They shal overcome all that oppose them. But it is a great offence, and the common offence of proud people, to take glory to themselves. The closing words give a glimpse of comfort.

    Original Hebrew

    וקלו 7043 מנמרים 5246 סוסיו 5483 וחדו 2300 מזאבי 2061 ערב 6153 ופשׁו 6335 פרשׁיו 6571 ופרשׁיו 6571 מרחוק 7350 יבאו 935 יעפו 5774 כנשׁר 5404 חשׁ 2363 לאכול׃ 398

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17


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