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

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

Darby Bible Translation
Shall he therefore empty his net, and not spare to slay the nations continually?

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?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And not spare continually to slay the nation? - They are running from conquest to conquest; burning, slaying, sacking, and slaughtering. Like the fishermen, who throw cast after cast while any fish are to be caught, so Nebuchadnezzar is destroying one nation after another. This last sentence explains the allegory of the net.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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 Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death...

Isaiah 14:16,17 They that see you shall narrowly look on you, and consider you, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble...

Jeremiah 25:9-26 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant...

Jeremiah 46:1-49:39 The word of the LORD which came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Gentiles...

Jeremiah 52:1-34 Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem...

Ezekiel 25:1-30:26 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying...

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
Isaiah 14:5
The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers,

Isaiah 14:6
which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression.

Isaiah 19:8
The fishermen will groan and lament, all who cast hooks into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away.

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