H A B A K K U K.
In this chapter we have an answer expected by the
prophet (ver. 1), and
returned by the Spirit of God, to the complaints which the prophet
made of the violences and victories of the Chaldeans in the close
of the foregoing chapter. The answer is, I. That after God has
served his own purposes by the prevailing power of the Chaldeans,
has tried the faith and patience of his people, and distinguished
between the hypocrites and the sincere among them, he will reckon
with the Chaldeans, will humble and bring down, not only that proud
monarch Nebuchadnezzar, but that proud monarchy, for their
boundless and insatiable thirst after dominion and wealth, for
which they themselves should at length be made a prey, ver. 2-8. II. That not they only,
but all other sinners like them, should perish under a divine woe.
1. Those that are covetous, are greedy of wealth and honours,
ver. 9, 11. 2. Those that
are injurious and oppressive, and raise estates by wrong and
rapine, ver. 12-14. 3.
Those that promote drunkenness that they may expose their
neighbours to shame, ver.
15-17. 4. Those that worship idols, ver. 18-20.