1 The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
3 Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
4 Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds. (Habakkuk 1:1–4)
There has been much discussion about the Title of this OT Prophetic Book. The vast majority of Scholars seem to come to the conclusion (and rightly so, it seems) that the book takes its name from its author and possibly means “one who embraces” (1:1; 3:1).
Habakkuk 3:1 applies the title of Prophet to Habakkuk just as verse 1 here does. It records what has been commonly called “The Prophet’s Prayer”.
3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.
BTW, a “Shigionoth” is a passionate or even wild song having rapid changes of rhythm. Its’ use (in Chapters 1 & 3) lends a sense of emotion to what the Prophet is proclaiming. An emotion that, upon consideration of what the Books is saying is well justified and even truly necessary. By the end of the prophecy, this name becomes appropriate as the prophet clings to God regardless of his confusion about God’s plans for his people.
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