1QpHab 7Commentary on Habakkuk
... and God told Habakkuk to write down that which would happen to the final generation, but He did not make known to him when time would come to an end. And as for that which He said, That he who reads may read it speedily: interpreted this concerns the Teacher of Righteousness, to whom God made known all the mysteries of the words of His servants the Prophets. For there shall be yet another vision concerning the appointed time. It shall tell of the end and shall not lie. Interpreted, this means that the final age shall be prolonged, and shall exceed all that the Prophets have said; for the mysteries of God are astounding. If it tarries, wait for it, for it shall surely come and shall not be late. Interpreted, this concerns the men of truth who keep the Law, whose hands shall not slacken in the service of truth when the final age is prolonged. For all the ages of God reach their appointed end as he determines for them in the mysteries of His wisdom. Behold, [his soul] is puffed up and is not upright. Interpreted, this means that [the wicked] shall double their guilt upon themselves [and it shall not be forgiven] when they are judged ... [But the righteous shall live by his faith].
34 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 “But as for that day and hour no one knows it—not even the angels in heaven—except the Father alone. 37 For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. 38 For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 39 And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man.
Notes and References
"... The blindness of those deemed wise is a motif found elsewhere in the OT (cf. Isa 29:14) and in Qumran (e.g., 1QS 11:6). The word νήπιος, used to refer to “the simple” is found in the LXX of Pss. 18:7; 114:6; 118:30 (cf. among “infants” in Wis. 10:21). The contextual evidence supports a positive view of becoming like a child to inherit the kingdom of God (cf. 18:1–4 and cf. 5:5). It should be noted, moreover, that people have a responsibility and a choice to be infants if they want to receive Jesus’ revelation (vv.20–24; 28). With regard to the content of the revelation that is disclosed to the little ones, it might include the eschatological knowledge which can be linked to the presence of the Kingdom of God. “Many Jews believed that the great redemption would be heralded by revelations concerning the time of the Messiah’s coming and other secrets ‘hidden since the foundation of the world’” (cf. Ps. 78:2; 1QpHab. 7:1–5; 11:1–2). This also forms the underlying strands of the idea in 11:27, but the revelation’s tense is shifted to the present ..."
Kim, Juheon Christology of Q and Wisdom: The Case Study on the Johannine Thunderbolt Pericope (pp. 44-45) Chongshin University, 2015
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