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Habakkuk 3:5

    Habakkuk 3:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Before him went the pestilence, And fiery bolts went forth at his feet.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Before him went disease, and flames went out at his feet.

    Webster's Revision

    Before him went the pestilence, And fiery bolts went forth at his feet.

    World English Bible

    Plague went before him, and pestilence followed his feet.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Before him went the pestilence, and fiery bolts went forth at his feet.

    Clarke's Commentary on Habakkuk 3:5

    Before him went the pestilence - This plague was several times inflicted on the disobedient Israelites in the wilderness; see Numbers 11:33; Numbers 14:37; Numbers 16:46; and was always the proof that the just God was then manifesting his power among them.

    Burning coals event forth at his feet - Newcome translates, "And flashes of fire went forth after him." The disobedient Israelites were consumed by a fire that went out from Jehovah; see Leviticus 10:2; Numbers 11:1; Numbers 16:35. And the burnt-offering was consumed by a fire which came out from before Jehovah, Leviticus 11:24.

    Barnes' Notes on Habakkuk 3:5

    Before Him went (goeth) the pestilence - then to consume His enemies. Exodus 23:27 : "I will send My fear before thee, and will destroy all the people, to whom thou shalt come," and the lightnings are a token that, Psalm 68:1-2, "they which hate Him, flee before Him, and the wicked perish at the Presence of God." So, on His Ascension, Herod and Pilate were smitten by Him, and Elymas and Simon Magus before His apostles, and whatsoever hath lifted itself up against Him hath perished, and antichrist shall perish, Psalm 11:4, "at the breath of His mouth," and all the ungodly on the Day of Judgment.

    And burning coals - rather, as English, "burning fever", Deuteronomy 32:2. (where also it is singular, as only beside in רשׁף בני benēy resheph Job 5:7.) So A. E., "burning coals" is from Kimchi, Tanchum gives as different opinions "sparks" or "arrows" or "pestilence;" but the meanings "sparks, arrows," are ascribed only to the plural. Psalm 76:4; Psalm 88:48; Sol 8:6. The central meaning is probably "burning heat."

    Went forth at his feet - i. e., followed Him. Messengers of death went as it were before Him, as the front of His army, and the rear thereof was other forms of death Death and destruction of all sorts are a great army at His command, going before Him as heralds of His Coming (such as are judgments in this world) or attendants upon Him, at the judgment when He appeareth 2 Timothy 6:1. in His kingdom, when, Matthew 13:51, Matthew 13:42, "they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire."

    Wesley's Notes on Habakkuk 3:5

    3:5 Before him - When God was leading the Israelites out of Egypt, he made the pestilence go before him, so preparing room for his people.