The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleHabakkuk 2:7
Shall not they rise up suddenly that shall bite thee…
"thy usurers", or "creditors" F4, as some render it; the Christians,
whose money, goods, and substance, they had spoiled them of, but now
should be repaid with great usury and gain; these, that is, their
princes and emperors, as Constantine and Theodosius, rose up suddenly,
and conquered the heathen emperors, and took away their power and
authority from them, and their wealth and riches, and gave them to the
Christians, what they and those under them had plundered them of:
and awake that shall vex thee,
or "move thee" F5; the emperor,
from the throne of the empire; and other subordinate magistrates from
their places of dignity, trust, and profit; the priests out of their
temples; and change the face of things everywhere; and which is
expressed in language agreeable to this, in (Revelation 6:14) , and has
respect to the same times and things, "and the heaven departed as a
scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were
moved out of their place"; which is to be understood of the fall of
the Pagan Roman empire:
and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
the wealth and riches
found in the Roman empire, as it fell into the hands of Constantine,
were converted to the use of the Christians for the building of their
temples, and the maintenance of their ministers, the relief of their
poor, and for the reparation of losses others had sustained under the
persecutions: thus the Christian emperors rose up at once, and exerted
themselves; and who before seemed to be asleep awoke, and seized upon
the empire, and the riches of it, and divided the spoil among themselves
and their people.
F4 (Kykvn) "foeneratores tui, [seu] creditores tui", Cocceius, Van Till.
F5 (Kyezezm) "qui commoveant te", Pagninus, Vatablus; so R. Sol.
Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 56. 1. "excutientes", Cocceius, Van Till;
"commoventes te", Burkius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 2:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=hab&chapter=002&verse=007>. 1999.