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Habakkuk 1:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Their horses also are swifter than leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves; and their horsemen press proudly on: yea, their horsemen come from far; they fly as an eagle that hasteth to devour.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle [that] hasteth to eat.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Their horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping [down] to devour.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle [that] hasteth to eat.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And their horses are swifter than the leopards, and are more agile than the evening wolves; and their horsemen prance proudly, and their horsemen come from afar: they fly as an eagle that hasteth to devour.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then, swifter than leopards, are his horses, and, more sharply they attack, than evening wolves, and forward have leapt his chargers,—Yea, his chargers, from afar, will come in, they will fly as an eagle hath hastened to devour.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Swifter than leopards have been its horses, And sharper than evening wolves, And increased have its horsemen, Even its horsemen from afar come in, They fly as an eagle, hasting to consume.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Their horses are lighter than leopards, and swifter than evening wolves; and their horsemen shall be spread abroad: for their horsemen shall come from afar, they shall fly as an eagle that maketh haste to eat.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Their horses also are swifter then the leopards, and are more fierce then the euening wolues: & their horsemen shall spread themselues, and their horsemen shall come from farre, they shall flie as the Eagle [that] hasteth to eate.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And his horses shall bound [more swiftly] than leopards, and [they are] fiercer than the wolves of Arabia: and his horsemen shall ride forth, and shall rush from far; and they shall fly as an eagle hasting to eat.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle [that] hasteth to eat.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Their horses 5483
{5483} Prime
סוּס
cuwc
{soos}
From an unused root meaning to skip (properly for joy); a horse (as leaping); also a swallow (from its rapid flight).
also are swifter 7043
{7043} Prime
קָלַל
qalal
{kaw-lal'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) light, literally (swift, small, sharp, etc.) or figuratively (easy, trifling, vile, etc.).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
than the leopards, 5246
{5246} Prime
נָמֵר
namer
{naw-mare'}
From an unused root meaning properly to filtrate, that is, be limpid (compare H5247 and H5249); and thus to spot or stain as if by dripping; a leopard (from its stripes).
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
and are more fierce 2300
{2300} Prime
חָדַד
chadad
{khaw-dad'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively make) sharp or (figuratively) severe.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
than the evening 6153
{6153} Prime
עֶרֶב
`ereb
{eh'-reb}
From H6150; dusk.
wolves: 2061
{2061} Prime
זְאֵב
z@'eb
{zeh-abe'}
From an unused root meaning to be yellow; a wolf.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
and their horsemen 6571
{6571} Prime
פָּרָשׁ
parash
{paw-rawsh'}
From H6567; a steed (as stretched out to a vehicle, not single nor for mounting (compare H5483)); also (by implication) a driver (in a chariot), that is, (collectively) cavalry.
shall spread 6335
{6335} Prime
פּוּשׁ
puwsh
{poosh}
A primitive root; to spread; figuratively act proudly.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
themselves, and their horsemen 6571
{6571} Prime
פָּרָשׁ
parash
{paw-rawsh'}
From H6567; a steed (as stretched out to a vehicle, not single nor for mounting (compare H5483)); also (by implication) a driver (in a chariot), that is, (collectively) cavalry.
shall come 935
{0935} Prime
בּוֹא
bow'
{bo}
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
from far; 7350
{7350} Prime
רָחוֹק
rachowq
{raw-khoke'}
From H7368; remote, literally of figuratively, of place or time; specifically precious; often used adverbially (with preposition).
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
they shall fly 5774
{5774} Prime
עוּף
`uwph
{oof}
A primitive root; to cover (with wings or obscurity); hence (as denominative from H5775) to fly; also (by implication of dimness) to faint (from the darkness of swooning).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
as the eagle 5404
{5404} Prime
נֶשֶׁר
nesher
{neh'-sher}
From an unused root meaning to lacerate; the eagle (or other large bird of prey).
[that] hasteth 2363
{2363} Prime
חוּשׁ
chuwsh
{koosh}
A primitive root; to hurry; figuratively to be eager with excitement or enjoyment.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
to eat. 398
{0398} Prime
אָכַל
'akal
{aw-kal'}
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Habakkuk 1:8

_ _ swifter than the leopards — Oppian [Cynegeticks, 3.76], says of the leopard, “It runs most swiftly straight on: you would fancy it was flying through the air.”

_ _ more fierce — rather, “more keen”; literally, “sharp.”

_ _ evening wolves — wolves famished with fasting all day and so most keen in attacking the fold under covert of the approaching night (Jeremiah 5:6; Zephaniah 3:3; compare Genesis 49:27). Hence “twilight” is termed in Arabic and Persian “the wolf’s tail”; and in French, entre chien et loup.

_ _ spread themselves — proudly; as in Jeremiah 50:11, and Malachi 4:2, it implies strength and vigor. So also the Arabic cognate word [Maurer].

_ _ their horsemen ... come from far — and yet are not wearied by the long journey.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Habakkuk 1:5-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Habakkuk 1:8

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

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
horses:

Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, [as swift] as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
Isaiah 5:26-28 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: ... Whose arrows [are] sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:

fierce:
Heb. sharp

evening:

Jeremiah 5:6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, [and] a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, [and] their backslidings are increased.
Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her [are] roaring lions; her judges [are] evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

they:

Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.
Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
Ezekiel 17:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:
Ezekiel 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these [things mean]? tell [them], Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
Hosea 8:1 [Set] the trumpet to thy mouth. [He shall come] as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Luke 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body [is], thither will the eagles be gathered together.
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Dt 28:49. Is 5:26. Jr 4:13; 5:6. Lm 4:19. Ezk 17:3, 12. Ho 8:1. Zp 3:3. Mt 24:28. Lk 17:37.

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