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Habakkuk 1

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Book  Book of Habakkuk
Order in the Bible part  35
Bible part  Old Testament
Category  Nevi'im
Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk 1 is the first chapter of the Book of Habakkuk in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains the prophecies spoken by the prophet Habakkuk, and is a part of the Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets.



  • The original text is written in Hebrew.
  • Some of the most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • In Hebrew:
  • Masoretic Text
  • Dead Sea Scrolls: 1QpHab, known as the "Habakkuk Commentary" (later half of the 1st century BC)
  • In Greek:
  • Septuagint (3rd century BC)
  • This chapter is divided into 17 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • Habakkuk 1:1 = Title
  • Habakkuk 1:2-4 = The Prophet’s First Question
  • Habakkuk 1:5-11 = The Lord’s First Reply
  • Habakkuk 1:12-17 = The Prophet’s Second Question (continuing to Habakkuk 2:1)
  • Verse 1

    The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
  • "burden", can be translated as "oracle" according to the New King James Version.
  • Verse 8

    Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

    Verse 8 in Hebrew

    Masoretic Text

    וְקַלּוּ מִנְּמֵרִים סוּסָיו וְחַדּוּ מִזְּאֵבֵי עֶרֶב וּפָשׁוּ פָּֽרָשָׁיו וּפָֽרָשָׁיו מֵרָחֹוק יָבֹאוּ יָעֻפוּ כְּנֶשֶׁר חָשׁ לֶאֱכֹֽול׃


    veqalu min'merim susav vekhadu miz'evey 'erev ufasyu parasyav ufarasyav merakhoq yavou yaufu kenesyer khasy le'ekhol

    Verse 8 notes

  • Wolves is translated from the Hebrew: זְאֵב ze'ev (scientific name: Canis lupus)
  • References

    Habakkuk 1 Wikipedia