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BOOK : Habakkuk

Description : A prophet has questions about unrighteousness God's failure to deal with it, and even to use it.

Author: an unknown Habakkuk

Date written : Somewhere about 605BC

Chapters : 3



Brief Synopsis:

•  Habakkuk complains, why does the evil in Judah go unpunished?
•  God answers, the Babylonians will punish Judah

•  Habakkuk complains, how can a just God use wicked Babylon to punish a people more 

    righteous than themselves?

•  God answers the Babylonians will be punished, and faith will be rewarded  
•  Habakkuk prays closing with a confession of trust and joy in God  

Outline :


1:1 Title  
1:2-4 Habakkuk's First Complaint
1:5-11 God's Answer
1:12-17 Habakkuk's Second Complaint
2:1-20 God's Answer
3:1- 19 Habakkuk's Prayer


Key Verses :


Holy God tolerating wrong?

1:3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?


God will use Nebuchadnezzar

1:6 I am raising up the Babylonians


How can you use an unrighteous man?

1:13 Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?


He will receive his punishment

2:8 Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you.


Habakkuk comes to a place of total trust in God

3:17-19 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.



Concluding Comments


•  A short and simple book concerning a prophet's ethical questions.
•  The only difficulty with it is some of the cultural language that is used, otherwise ot is very straight forward.



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Habakkuk Bible Studies