Habakkuk 1:13
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New International Version
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

King James Bible
Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

Darby Bible Translation
[Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on mischief: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] keepest silence when the wicked swalloweth up a [man] more righteous than he?

World English Bible
You who have purer eyes than to see evil, and who cannot look on perversity, why do you tolerate those who deal treacherously, and keep silent when the wicked swallows up the man who is more righteous than he,

Young's Literal Translation
Purer of eyes than to behold evil, To look on perverseness Thou art not able, Why dost Thou behold the treacherous? Thou keepest silent when the wicked Doth swallow the more righteous than he,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou art of purer eyes - Seeing thou art so pure, and canst not look on iniquity - it is so abominable - how canst thou bear with them who "deal treacherously, and hold thy tongue when the wicked devour the righteous?" All such questions are easily solved by a consideration of God's ineffable mercy, which leads him to suffer long and be kind. He has no pleasure in the death of a sinner.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

of.

Job 15:15 Behold, he puts no trust in his saints; yes, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

Psalm 5:4,5 For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with you...

Psalm 11:4-7 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men...

Psalm 34:15,16 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry...

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation...

iniquity. or, grievance. wherefore.

Psalm 10:1,2,15 Why stand you afar off, O LORD? why hide you yourself in times of trouble...

Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Jeremiah 12:1,2 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk with you of your judgments: Why does the way of the wicked prosper...

deal.

Isaiah 21:2 A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam: besiege...

Isaiah 33:1 Woe to you that spoil, and you were not spoiled; and deal treacherously...

holdest.

Esther 4:14 For if you altogether hold your peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place...

Psalm 35:22 This you have seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me.

Psalm 50:3,21 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him...

Psalm 83:1 Keep not you silence, O God: hold not your peace, and be not still, O God.

Proverbs 31:8,9 Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction...

Isaiah 64:12 Will you refrain yourself for these things, O LORD? will you hold your peace, and afflict us very sore?

the wicked.

Habakkuk 1:3,4 Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me...

2 Samuel 4:11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house on his bed?...

1 Kings 2:32 And the LORD shall return his blood on his own head, who fell on two men more righteous and better than he, and slew them with the sword...

Psalm 37:12-15,32,33 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth...

Psalm 56:1,2 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresses me...

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

Acts 3:13-15 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you delivered up...

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Though These Eternal Moral Obligations are Indeed of Themselves Incumbent on all Rational Beings,
even antecedent to the consideration of their being the positive will and command of God, yet that which most strongly confirms, and in practice most effectually and indispensably enforces them upon us, is this; that both from the perfections of God, and the nature of things, and from several other collateral considerations, it appears, that as God is himself necessarily just and good in the exercise of his infinite power in the government of the whole world, so he cannot but likewise positively
Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God

The Holiness of God
The next attribute is God's holiness. Exod 15:51. Glorious in holiness.' Holiness is the most sparkling jewel of his crown; it is the name by which God is known. Psa 111:1. Holy and reverend is his name.' He is the holy One.' Job 6:60. Seraphims cry, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.' Isa 6:6. His power makes him mighty, his holiness makes him glorious. God's holiness consists in his perfect love of righteousness, and abhorrence of evil. Of purer eyes than
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Job 21:7
Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?

Psalm 11:4
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

Psalm 18:26
to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.

Psalm 25:3
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;

Psalm 34:16
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

Psalm 35:17
How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.

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