Habakkuk 1:14
New International Version
You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

New Living Translation
Are we only fish to be caught and killed? Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?

English Standard Version
You make mankind like the fish of the sea, like crawling things that have no ruler.

Berean Study Bible
You have made men like the fish of the sea, like creeping things that have no ruler.

King James Bible
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

New King James Version
Why do You make men like fish of the sea, Like creeping things that have no ruler over them?

New American Standard Bible
Why have You made people like the fish of the sea, Like crawling things that have no ruler over them?

NASB 1995
Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?

NASB 1977
Why hast Thou made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?

Amplified Bible
Why do You make men like the fish of the sea, Like reptiles and creeping things that have no ruler [and are helpless against their enemies]?

Christian Standard Bible
You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.

American Standard Version
and makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you have made the children of men as the fish in the sea and like creeping things that have no Leader

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And wilt thou make men as the fishes of the sea, and as the reptiles which have no guide?

Contemporary English Version
The people you put on this earth are like fish or reptiles without a leader.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou wilt make men as the fishes of the sea, and as the creeping things that have no ruler.

English Revised Version
and makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Good News Translation
How can you treat people like fish or like a swarm of insects that have no ruler to direct them?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You make all people like the fish in the sea, like schools of sea life that have no ruler.

International Standard Version
"You have fashioned mankind like fish in the ocean, like creeping things that have no ruler.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And makest men as the fishes of the sea, As the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Literal Standard Version
And You make man as fishes of the sea, As a creeping thing [with] none ruling over him.

NET Bible
You made people like fish in the sea, like animals in the sea that have no ruler.

New Heart English Bible
and make men like the fish of the sea, like the crawling creatures, that have no ruler over them?

World English Bible
and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou makest man as fishes of the sea, As a creeping thing -- none ruling over him.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Habakkuk's Second Complaint
13Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate the faithless? Why are You silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? 14You have made men like the fish of the sea, like creeping things that have no ruler. 15The foe pulls all of them up with a hook; he catches them in his dragnet, and gathers them in his fishing net; so he rejoices gladly.…

Cross References
Jeremiah 16:16
But for now I will send for many fishermen, declares the LORD, and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill, even from the clefts of the rocks.

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate the faithless? Why are You silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Habakkuk 1:15
The foe pulls all of them up with a hook; he catches them in his dragnet, and gathers them in his fishing net; so he rejoices gladly.


Treasury of Scripture

And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

creeping.

Proverbs 6:7
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,









Verse 14. - The prophet appeals movingly to God by showing the indignity with which the people are treated. As the fishes of the sea. Dumb and helpless, swept off by the fisherman. That have no ruler ever them. None to guide and protect them (comp. Proverbs 6:7; Proverbs 30:27). So the Jews seem to be deprived of God's care, and left to be the prey of the spoiler, as if of little worth, and no longer having God for their King (comp. Isaiah 63:19, Revised Version). The "creeping things" are worms, or small fish (Psalm 104:25).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
You have made
וַתַּעֲשֶׂ֥ה (wat·ta·‘ă·śeh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

men
אָדָ֖ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 120: Ruddy, a human being

like the fish
כִּדְגֵ֣י (kiḏ·ḡê)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1709: A fish

of the sea,
הַיָּ֑ם (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

like sea creatures
כְּרֶ֖מֶשׂ (kə·re·meś)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7431: A reptile, any other rapidly moving animal

with no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

ruler.
מֹשֵׁ֥ל (mō·šêl)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 4910: To rule, have dominion, reign


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