Habakkuk 1:17
New International Version
Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

New Living Translation
Will you let them get away with this forever? Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?

English Standard Version
Is he then to keep on emptying his net and mercilessly killing nations forever?

Berean Study Bible
Will he, therefore, empty his net and continue to slay nations without mercy?

King James Bible
Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

New King James Version
Shall they therefore empty their net, And continue to slay nations without pity?

New American Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net, And continually slay nations without sparing?

NASB 1995
Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?

NASB 1977
Will they therefore empty their net And continually slay nations without sparing?

Amplified Bible
Will they continue to empty their net And [mercilessly] go on destroying nations without sparing?

Christian Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

American Standard Version
Shall he therefore empty his net, and spare not to slay the nations continually?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, he always casts his net and he kills peoples and he has no pity

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore will he cast his net, and will not spare to slay the nations continually.

Contemporary English Version
Will he keep hauling in his nets and destroying nations without showing mercy?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this cause therefore he spreadeth his net, and will not spare continually to slay the nations.

English Revised Version
Shall he therefore empty his net, and not spare to slay the nations continually?

Good News Translation
Are they going to use their swords forever and keep on destroying nations without mercy?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will they keep on emptying their nets and always kill nations without mercy?

International Standard Version
Is he to continue to empty his fishing net? Will he ever stop killing entire nations without mercy?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall they therefore empty their net, And not spare to slay the nations continually?

Literal Standard Version
Does he therefore empty his net, And continually not spare to slay nations?

NET Bible
Will he then continue to fill and empty his throw net? Will he always destroy nations and spare none?

New Heart English Bible
Will he therefore continually empty his net, killing the nations without mercy?

World English Bible
Will he therefore continually empty his net, and kill the nations without mercy?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth he therefore empty his net, And continually to slay nations spare not?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Habakkuk's Second Complaint
16Therefore he sacrifices to his dragnet and burns incense to his fishing net, for by these things his portion is sumptuous and his food is rich. 17Will he, therefore, empty his net and continue to slay nations without mercy?

Cross References
Isaiah 14:5
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers.

Isaiah 14:6
It struck the peoples in anger with unceasing blows; it subdued the nations in rage with relentless persecution.

Isaiah 19:8
Then the fishermen will mourn, all who cast a hook into the Nile will lament, and those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.


Treasury of Scripture

Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

and.

Habakkuk 1:9,10
They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand…

Habakkuk 2:5-8,17
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people: …

Isaiah 14:16,17
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; …









(17) Shall they therefore empty their net. . . .--Literally, Shall he therefore empty his net? i.e., Shall this voracious Chaldaean plunderer be allowed to consume his prey, and cast in his emptied net again and again?

Verse 17. - Shall they therefore empty their net? Because they have had this career of rapine and conquest, shall God allow them to continue it? Shall they be permitted to be continually emptying their net in order to fill it again? The idea is that they carried off their booty and captives and secured them in their own territory, and then set out on new expeditions to acquire fresh plunder. The question is answered in the next chapter, where the judgment on the Chaldeans is pronounced. And not spare continually to slay the nations? And cease not to send forth his armies and to found his empire in the blood of conquered nations. The Septuagint and Vulgate have no interrogation, the assertion being made by way of expostulation.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Will they,
הַ֥עַל (ha·‘al)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

therefore,
כֵּ֖ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

empty
יָרִ֣יק (yā·rîq)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7324: Arm, cast out, draw out, make empty, pour forth out

their net
חֶרְמ֑וֹ (ḥer·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2764: A net, a doomed object, extermination

and continue
וְתָמִ֛יד (wə·ṯā·mîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 8548: Continuance, constant, ellipt, the regular, sacrifice

to slay
לַהֲרֹ֥ג (la·hă·rōḡ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2026: To smite with deadly intent

nations
גּוֹיִ֖ם (gō·w·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1471: A foreign nation, a Gentile, a troop of animals, a flight of locusts

without
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

mercy?
יַחְמֽוֹל׃ (yaḥ·mō·wl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2550: To commiserate, to spare


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