Habakkuk 2:2-3

The LORD’s Answer

2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald[a] may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it[b] will certainly come and will not delay.

Habakkuk 2:2 in Other Translations

KJV
2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
ESV
2 And the LORD answered me:"Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
NLT
2 Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
MSG
2 And then God answered: "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run.
CSB
2 The Lord answered me: Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO HABAKKUK 2

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.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 In-Context

1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
4 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness —
5 indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.
6 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, “ ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?’

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Isaiah 30:8; S Jeremiah 36:2; S Ezekiel 24:2; S Romans 4:24; Revelation 1:19
  • 2. Daniel 11:27
  • 3. Daniel 8:17; Daniel 10:14
  • 4. S Psalms 27:14
  • 5. S Ezekiel 12:25; Hebrews 10:37-38

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "so that whoever reads it"
  • [b]. Or "Though he linger, wait for him;" / "he"
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