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Habakkuk 2:19


The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead 1  – he who says 2  to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’ Can it give reliable guidance? 3  It is overlaid with gold and silver; it has no life’s breath inside it.


1Ki 18:26-29; Ps 97:7; Ps 135:17; Isa 40:19; Isa 44:17; Isa 46:6; Jer 10:4,9; Jer 51:47; Da 3:1; Da 3:7,18,29; Da 5:23; Jon 1:5; Ac 17:29; Re 17:4

NET © Notes

tn Heb “Woe [to] the one who says.” On the term הוֹי (hoy) see the note on the word “dead” in v. 6.

tn The words “he who says” in the translation are supplied from the previous parallel line.

tn Though the Hebrew text has no formal interrogative marker here, the context indicates that the statement should be taken as a rhetorical question anticipating the answer, “Of course not!” (so also NIV, NRSV).

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