Habakkuk 3:11

Hebrew Bible

9 Your bow is ready for action; you commission your arrows. Selah. You cause flash floods on the earth’s surface. 10 When the mountains see you, they shake. The torrential downpour sweeps through. The great deep shouts out; it lifts its hands high. 11 The sun and moon stand still in their courses; the flash of your arrows drives them away, the bright light of your lightning-quick spear. 12 You furiously stomp on the earth; you angrily trample down the nations. 13 You march out to deliver your people, to deliver your special servant. You strike the leader of the wicked nation, laying him open from the lower body to the neck. Selah.

Zechariah 9:14

Hebrew Bible

12 Return to the stronghold, you prisoners, with hope; today I declare that I will return double what was taken from you. 13 I will bend Judah as my bow; I will load the bow with Ephraim, my arrow. I will stir up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and I will make you, Zion, like a warrior’s sword. 14 Then the Lord will appear above them, and his arrow will shoot forth like lightning; the Sovereign Lord will blow the trumpet and will proceed in the southern storm winds. 15 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will guard them, and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink and will become noisy like drunkards, full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. 16 On that day the Lord their God will deliver them as the flock of his people, for they are the precious stones of a crown sparkling over his land.

 Notes and References

"... Other Ancient Near Eastern divine warriors also used hail against their enemies. Sargon declared, “Adad, the violent, the powerful son of Anu, let loose his fierce tempest against them and, with bursting cloud and thunderbolt (literally “stones of heaven”), totally annihilated them.” Shalmaneser III boasted that he “rained down upon them [the western kings] destruction (literally “flood”) as the god Adad would.” The Sefire treaty also included hail among the curses, depicting the attacks that the divine warrior would send against those who broke the treaty. In the seventh plague, YHWH sent hail against the Egyptians that was worse than any hail they had ever seen (Exodus 9:13–32). Lightning and thunder were quintessential tools of a storm god. Thunder provided rain for crops (KTU 1.5 v.64–73), but often served as a weapon. While Baal used thunder and lightning to wage war and to proclaim his coronation (KTU 1.4 vii 30–31), Marduk employed thunderbolts in his battle against Tiamat (Enuma Elish iv.39). The Egyptian god Seth was associated with the use of thunder and rainstorms in war. The Hittite storm-god struck a city with a lightning bolt and caused the enemy king to stop fighting. Herodotus ascribed to the gods a storm that destroyed many Persian ships (Histories 8.13). Thunder and lightning were also common divine weapons in the Hebrew Bible and often denoted the presence of YHWH. (compare Exodus 19–20; Ezekiel 1:13; Habakkuk 3:11; Zechariah 9:14) ..."

Trimm, Charlie "YHWH Fights for Them!": The Divine Warrior in the Exodus Narrative (pp. 48-49) Gorgias Press, 2014

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