The Persevering Faith of Habakkuk
Habakkuk 3:17-19
YHWH my Lord is my strength!
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Published January 12th, 2017
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One of the great Old Testament expressions of persevering faith comes in Habakkuk 3:17–19 . Habakkuk commits to celebrate his God and he will do so because “YHWH my Lord is my strength” (יְהוִה אֲדֹנָי חֵילִי , in 19a), and because God has empowered Habakkuk to rise above his adversities through faith (19bc).
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Habakkuk 3:17-19
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When the fig tree has not budded
כִּֽי־תְאֵנָ֣ה לֹֽא־תִפְרָ֗ח
and there is no fruit at the vines,
וְאֵ֤ין יְבוּל֙ בַּגְּפָנִ֔ים
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the produce of the olive has failed,
כִּחֵשׁ֙ מַעֲשֵׂה־זַ֔יִת
and the fields do not yield food,
וּשְׁדֵמ֖וֹת לֹא־עָ֣שָׂה אֹ֑כֶל
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when the fold has not divided sheep,
גָּזַ֤ר מִמִּכְלָה֙ צֹ֔אן
and there is no cattle in the stalls,
וְאֵ֥ין בָּקָ֖ר בָּרְפָתִֽים׃
then I will exult in YHWH.
וַאֲנִ֖י בַּיהוָ֣ה אֶעְל֑וֹזָה
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
אָגִ֖ילָה בֵּאלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׁעִֽי׃
YHWH my Lord is my strength;
יְהוִ֤ה אֲדֹנָי֙ חֵילִ֔י
and he has made my feet like the does,
וַיָּ֤שֶׂם רַגְלַי֙ כָּֽאַיָּל֔וֹת
and on the heights he makes me walk.
וְעַ֥ל בָּמוֹתַ֖י יַדְרִכֵ֑נִי
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