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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Verse 1
The burden - The prophet seems to speak of these grievous things, as a burden which he himself groaned under.

Verse 4
Therefore - Because the wicked go on with impunity. The law - The whole law, moral, ceremonial, and judicial. Is slacked - Is slighted, and not observed. Go forth - From magistrates, judges, and public officers. Doth compass about - As it were besieges, with design to oppress and ruin.

Verse 5
Behold ye - Here God begins to answer the prophet. Among the heathen - See what judgments have been executed upon the heathen for like sins.

Verse 6
Bitter - Cruel, and without mercy. Hasty - Speedy in executing their merciless purposes.

Verse 7
Their judgment - The law they observe, is their own will. Their dignity - Their authority is all from themselves, without respect to any other law or rule whatever.

Verse 8
The evening wolves - Which with fasting in the day, came out in the evening, fierce and ravenous. Shall spread - All over the land.

Verse 9
For violence - To enrich themselves by making a prey of all. Their faces - Their very countenances shall be as blasting as the east-wind.

Verse 10
At the kings - Which opposed their designs. And take it - By mighty mounts cast up.

Verse 12
Shall not die - Be utterly destroyed. Ordained - Set up, and designed. Them - The Chaldean kingdom. For judgment - To execute this judgment, which is tempered with mercy. For correction - To chastise, not to destroy.

Verse 14
And makest - Not infusing cruel appetites, but permitting them to act according to such appetite which was already in them. As the fishes - Of which the greater greedily devour the smaller. Creeping things - Which in the waters are food for the lesser fry; so the world, like the sea, is wholly oppression. No ruler - None to defend the weak, or restrain the mighty.

Verse 15
They - The Chaldeans draw out all alike, good or bad. In their net - Destroying many together. And gather - As if they could never have enough, they drive men into their nets.

Verse 16
They sacrifice - Ascribe the praise of their victories. Their net - To their own contrivances, diligence, and power.

Verse 17
Empty their net - As fisher-men empty the full net to fill it again.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=hab&chapter=001>. 1765.  

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