Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Habakkuk 3:4

Context
NET ©

He is as bright as lightning; 1  a two-pronged lightning bolt flashes from his hand. 2  This is the outward display of his power. 3 

NIV ©

His splendour was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.

NASB ©

His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.

NLT ©

Rays of brilliant light flash from his hands. He rejoices in his awesome power.

MSG ©

His cloud-brightness like dawn, exploding, spreading, forked-lightning shooting from his hand--what power hidden in that fist!

BBE ©

He was shining like the light; he had rays coming out from his hand: there his power was kept secret.

NRSV ©

The brightness was like the sun; rays came forth from his hand, where his power lay hidden.

NKJV ©

His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden.


KJV
And [his] brightness
<05051>
was as the light
<0216>_;
he had horns
<07161>
[coming] out of his hand
<03027>_:
and there [was] the hiding
<02253>
of his power
<05797>_.
{horns...: or, bright beams out of his side}
NASB ©
His radiance
<05051>
is like the sunlight
<0216>
; He has rays
<07161>
flashing from His hand
<03027>
, And there
<08033>
is the hiding
<02253>
of His power
<05797>
.
HEBREW
*hze
<05797>
Nwybx
<02253>
Msw
<08033>
wl
<0>
wdym
<03027>
Mynrq
<07161>
hyht
<01961>
rwak
<0216>
hgnw (3:4)
<05051>
LXXM
kai
<2532
CONJ
feggov
<5338
N-NSN
autou
<846
D-GSM
wv
<3739
CONJ
fwv
<5457
N-NSN
estai
<1510
V-FMI-3S
kerata
<2768
N-NPN
en
<1722
PREP
cersin
<5495
N-DPF
autou
<846
D-GSM
kai
<2532
CONJ
eyeto
<5087
V-AMI-3S
agaphsin {N-ASF} krataian
<2900
A-ASF
iscuov
<2479
N-GSF
autou
<846
D-GSM
NET © [draft] ITL
He is as bright
<05051>
as lightning
<0216>
; a two-pronged lightning bolt
<07161>
flashes from his hand
<03027>
. This is the outward
<02253>
display of his power
<05797>
.
NET ©

He is as bright as lightning; 1  a two-pronged lightning bolt flashes from his hand. 2  This is the outward display of his power. 3 

NET © Notes

tn Heb “[His] radiance is like light.” Some see a reference to sunlight, but the Hebrew word אוֹר (’or) here refers to lightning, as the context indicates (see vv. 4b, 9, 11). The word also refers to lightning in Job 36:32 and 37:3, 11, 15.

tn Heb “two horns from his hand to him.” Sharp, pointed lightning bolts have a “horn-like” appearance. The weapon of “double lightning” appears often in Mesopotamian representations of gods. See Elizabeth Van Buren, Symbols of the Gods in Mesopotamian Art (AnOr), 70-73.

tn Heb “and there [is] the covering of his strength”; or “and there is his strong covering.” The meaning of this line is unclear. The point may be that the lightning bolts are merely a covering, or outward display, of God’s raw power. In Job 36:32 one reads that God “covers his hands with light [or, “lightning”].”



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