The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleHabakkuk 1:3
Why dost thou show me iniquity, and cause [me] to behold
&c.] That is, wicked men, and such as give a great deal
of trouble vexation, and grief to others, by their rapine and
oppression; suggesting that he could not turn his eyes any where, but
such persons presented themselves to his view; and that their wicked
actions were performed by them openly and publicly, in the sight of
all, without any shame or fear. So the Targum,
``why do I see oppressors, and behold those that do the labour
For spoiling and violence [are] before me;
in my sight and presence,
though a prophet, and notwithstanding all my remonstrances,
exhortations, and reproofs; such were the hardness, obstinacy, and
impudence of this people; to such a height and pitch of iniquity were
they arrived, as to regard not the prophets of the Lord. The Targum is,
``spoilers and robbers are before me:''
or, "against me" F17, as in the text; these sins were committed against
him, he was injuriously used himself; or they were done to others,
contrary to his advice and persuasion:
and there are [that] raise up strife and contention;
in the kingdom, in
cities, in families; in one man, brother, friend, and neighbour, against
another; which occasion lawsuits, and in them justice is not done, as
follows. It may be rendered, and "there shall be [and] is [a man] of
strife"; so Japhet: "and he shall raise up contention"; one man given to
strife will and does use great contention in communities, civil and
F17 (ydgnl) "contra me", Pagninus, Montanus; "e regione mei", Junius
& Tremellius, Piscator, Tarnovius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=hab&chapter=001&verse=003>. 1999.