Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Habakkuk 3:4

Context
NETBible

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 

XREF

Ex 13:21; Ex 14:20; Ne 9:12; Job 26:14; Ps 104:2; Pr 18:10; Isa 60:19,20; Mt 17:2; 1Ti 6:16; Re 21:23; Re 22:5

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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