Habakkuk 2:4

Hebrew Bible

2 The Lord responded: “Write down this message. Record it legibly on tablets so the one who announces it may read it easily. 3 For the message is a witness to what is decreed; it gives reliable testimony about how matters will turn out. Even if the message is not fulfilled right away, wait patiently; for it will certainly come to pass—it will not arrive late. 4 Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness. 5 Indeed, wine will betray the proud, restless man! His appetite is as big as Sheol’s; like death, he is never satisfied. He gathers all the nations; he seizes all peoples. 6 “But all these nations will someday taunt him and ridicule him with proverbial sayings: ‘Woe to the one who accumulates what does not belong to him (how long will this go on?)—he who gets rich by extortion!’

LXX Habakkuk 2:4

Septuagint

2 And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and that plainly on a tablet, that he that reads it may run. 3 For the vision is yet for a time, and it shall shoot forth at the end, and not in vain: though he should tarry, wait for him; for he will surely come, and will not tarry. 4 If he should draw back, my soul has no pleasure in him: but the just shall live by my faith. 5 But the arrogant man and the scorner, the boastful man, shall not finish anything; who has enlarged his desire as the grave, and like death he is never satisfied, and he will gather to himself all the nations, and will receive to himself all the peoples. 6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him? and a proverb to tell against him? and they shall say, Woe to him that multiplies to himself the possessions which are not his! how long? and who heavily loads his yoke.

 Notes and References

"... The earliest known interpretation of this passage is found in the Septuagint. The interpreter or translator presents us the third and fourth verses in the following language: 'For the vision [is] for a set time, and will come forth at last and not in vain. If he tarry, wait for him, for he will surely come, and will not linger. If he shrink back, my soul has no pleasure in him; but the just shall live by my faith.' The Septuagint translator quite misconceived the true meaning of the passage and seems to have had for the basis of a part of it another Hebrew text. His idea evidently was that if the Chaldean should shrink back from carrying out God's will in invading the territory of the Jewish people, he would certainly forfeit the divine favor. In sharp contrast with him, a righteous person would save himself, would endure by being faithful to the requirements of his God. The "my faith" is probably an error for "his faith," for the real difference in the Hebrew is exceedingly small ..."

Price, Ira Maurice The Just Shall Live By Faith: Habakkuk 2:4 (pp. 39-45) The Biblical World, Vol. 35, No. 1, 1910

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