Habakkuk 2:15-19

15 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!
16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed[a] ! The cup from the LORD’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.
17 The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
18 “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.”

Habakkuk 2:15-19 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains an answer from the Lord to the expostulations, pleadings, and reasonings of the prophet, in the name of the people. The preparation of the prophet to receive this answer is described, Hab 2:1 then follows the answer itself, in which he is bid to write and make plain the vision he had, that it might be easily read, Hab 2:2 and a promise is made, that vision should still be continued to the appointed time, at which time the Messiah would come; and this the righteous man, in opposition to the vain and proud man, is encouraged to live in the faith of, Hab 2:3,4 and then the destruction of the enemies of the people of God is threatened for their pride, ambition, covetousness, oppression, and murder, Hab 2:5-12 which would be unavoidable, Hab 2:13 and issue in the spread of the knowledge of the glory of God in the world, Hab 2:14 and also the ruin of other enemies is threatened, for drawing men into apostasy, and for their violence and idolatry, Hab 2:15-19 upon which would follow an universal silence in the earth, Hab 2:20.

Cross References 16

  • 1. S Proverbs 23:20
  • 2. S ver 10
  • 3. S Ezekiel 23:32-34; Hosea 4:7
  • 4. S Leviticus 10:9
  • 5. S Lamentations 4:21
  • 6. S Psalms 16:5; S Isaiah 51:22
  • 7. S Jeremiah 51:35
  • 8. S Jeremiah 50:15
  • 9. ver 8
  • 10. S 1 Samuel 12:21
  • 11. S Judges 10:14; S Isaiah 40:19; S Jeremiah 5:21; S Jeremiah 14:22
  • 12. S Leviticus 26:1
  • 13. Psalms 115:4-5; Jeremiah 10:14; 1 Corinthians 12:2
  • 14. 1 Kings 18:27
  • 15. S Jeremiah 10:4
  • 16. S Daniel 5:4,23; S Hosea 4:12

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint) "and stagger"
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