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Habakkuk 2:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe [it] on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Jehovah answered me and said, Write the vision, and engrave it upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then Yahweh answered me, and said, Write the vision, Yea, make it plain on tablets, that one may swiftly read it;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Jehovah answereth me and saith: 'Write a vision, and explain on the tables, That he may run who is reading it.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the Lord answered me, and said: Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables: that he that readeth it may run over it.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And the LORD answered me and said, write the vision, and make it plaine vpon tables, that he may runne that readeth it.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and [that] plainly on a tablet, that he that reads it may run.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Yahweh answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
יְהֹוָה
Y@hovah
{yeh-ho-vaw'}
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
answered 6030
{6030} Prime
עָנָה
`anah
{aw-naw'}
A primitive root; properly to eye or (generally) to heed, that is, pay attention; by implication to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
me, and said, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Write 3789
{3789} Prime
כָּתַב
kathab
{kaw-thab'}
A primitive root; to grave; by implication to write (describe, inscribe, prescribe, subscribe).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
the vision, 2377
{2377} Prime
חָזוֹן
chazown
{khaw-zone'}
From H2372; a sight (mentally), that is, a dream, revelation, or oracle.
and make [it] plain 874
{0874} Prime
בָּאַר
ba'ar
{baw-ar'}
A primitive root; to dig; by analogy to engrave; figuratively to explain.
z8761
<8761> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 446
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
tables, 3871
{3871} Prime
לוּחַ
luwach
{loo'-akh}
From a primitive root; probably meaning to glisten; a tablet (as polished), of stone, wood or metal.
that x4616
(4616) Complement
לְמַעַן
ma`an
{mah'-an}
From H6030; properly heed, that is, purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically in order that.
he may run 7323
{7323} Prime
רוּץ
ruwts
{roots}
A primitive root; to run (for whatever reason, especially to rush).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
that readeth 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
it.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Habakkuk 2:2

_ _ Write the vision — which I am about to reveal to thee.

_ _ make it plain — (Deuteronomy 27:8). In large legible characters.

_ _ upon tables — boxwood tables covered with wax, on which national affairs were engraved with an iron pen, and then hung up in public, at the prophets’ own houses, or at the temple, that those who passed might read them. Compare Luke 1:63, “writing table,” that is, tablet.

_ _ that he may run that readeth it — commonly explained, “so intelligible as to be easily read by any one running past”; but then it would be, “that he that runneth may read it.” The true sense is, “so legible that whoever readeth it, may run to tell all whom he can the good news of the foe’s coming doom, and Judah’s deliverance.” Compare Daniel 12:4, “many shall run to and fro,” namely, with the explanation of the prophecy, then unsealed; also, Revelation 22:17, “let him that heareth (the good news) say (to every one within his reach), Come.” “Run” is equivalent to announce the divine revelation (Jeremiah 23:21); as everyone who becomes informed of a divine message is bound to run, that is, use all dispatch to make it known to others [Henderson]. Grotius, Ludovicus De Dieu, and Maurer interpret it: “Run” is not literal running, but “that he who reads it may run through it,” that is, read it at once without difficulty.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Habakkuk 2:1-4.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Habakkuk 2:2

Upon tables — What was of publick concern, and therefore to be published, was anciently written or engraven upon tables, smooth stones, or wood, and then hung up in a publick place to be read. May run — That none may need to stop, but every one may plainly and clearly discern what is written.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Habakkuk 2:2

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tablets, that he may run (b) that readeth it.

(b) Write it in great letters, that he that runneth may read it.

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Write:

Deuteronomy 27:8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.
Deuteronomy 31:19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.
Deuteronomy 31:22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.
Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
Jeremiah 36:2-4 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. ... Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
Jeremiah 36:27-32 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, ... Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Revelation 1:18-19 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. ... Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Revelation 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Revelation 21:5-8 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. ... But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

make:

John 11:28-29 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. ... As soon as she heard [that], she arose quickly, and came unto him.
1 Corinthians 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that [by my voice] I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an [unknown] tongue.
2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
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Dt 27:8; 31:19, 22. Is 8:1; 30:8. Jr 36:2, 27. Dn 12:4. Jn 11:28. 1Co 14:19. 2Co 3:12. Rv 1:18; 14:13; 19:9; 21:5.

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