The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleHabakkuk 1:1
The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
prophecy is called a "burden", or something took up and carried, being
what the prophet received from the Lord, and went with to the people of
the Jews, and was a heavy burdensome prophecy to them; declaring the
calamities that should come upon them by the Chaldeans, who would
invade their land, and carry them captive; and Habakkuk, that brought
this account, is called a "prophet", to give the greater sanction to
it; and it was what he had in vision from the Lord represented unto
him, and therefore should be credited. Abarbinel inquires why Habakkuk
should be called a prophet, when none of the lesser prophets are,
excepting Haggai and Zechariah; and thinks the reason of it is, to give
weight to his prophecy, since it might be suspected by some whether he
was one; there being none of those phrases to be met with in this
prophecy as in others, as "the word of the Lord came"… or "thus
saith the Lord".