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Habakkuk 2:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Woe to him that getteth an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil!
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity!
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Woe to him that getteth iniquitous gain to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the grasp of evil!
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Alas! for him who extorteth an extortion of wrong for his own house,—that he may set on high his nest, that he may be delivered from the grasp of calamity.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Woe [to] him who is gaining evil gain for his house, To set on high his nest, To be delivered from the hand of evil,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Woe to him that gathereth together an evil covetousness to his house, that his nest may be on high, and thinketh he may be delivered out of the hand of evil.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Woe to him that coueteth an euill couetousnesse to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that hee may be deliuered from the power of euill.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evils.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Woe 1945
{1945} Prime
הוֹי
howy
{hoh'ee}
A prolonged form of H1930 (akin to H0188); oh!.
to him that coveteth 1214
{1214} Prime
בָּצַע
batsa`
{baw-tsah'}
A primitive root to break off, that is, (usually) plunder; figuratively to finish, or (intransitively) stop.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
an evil 7451
{7451} Prime
רָע
ra`
{rah}
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
covetousness 1215
{1215} Prime
בֶּצַע
betsa`
{beh'-tsah}
From H1214; plunder; by extension gain (usually unjust).
to his house, 1004
{1004} Prime
בַּיִת
bayith
{bah'-yith}
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
that he may set 7760
{7760} Prime
שׂוּם
suwm
{soom}
A primitive root; to put (used in a great variety of applications, literally, figuratively, inferentially and elliptically).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
his nest 7064
{7064} Prime
קֵן
qen
{kane}
Contracted from H7077; a nest (as fixed), sometimes including the nestlings; figuratively a chamber or dwelling.
on high, 4791
{4791} Prime
מָרוֹם
marowm
{maw-rome'}
From H7311; altitude, that is, concretely (an elevated place), abstractly (elevation), fig (elation), or adverbial (aloft).
that he may be delivered 5337
{5337} Prime
נָצַל
natsal
{naw-tsal'}
A primitive root; to snatch away, whether in a good or a bad sense.
z8736
<8736> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 240
from the power 3709
{3709} Prime
כַּף
kaph
{kaf}
From H3721; the hollow hand or palm (so of the paw of an animal, of the sole, and even of the bowl of a dish or sling, the handle of a bolt, the leaves of a palm tree); figuratively power.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
of evil! 7451
{7451} Prime
רָע
ra`
{rah}
From H7489; bad or (as noun) evil (naturally or morally). This includes the second (feminine) form; as adjective or noun.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Habakkuk 2:9

_ _ coveteth an evil covetousness — that is, a covetousness so surpassingly evil as to be fatal to himself.

_ _ to his house — greedily seizing enormous wealth, not merely for himself, but for his family, to which it is destined to be fatal. The very same “evil covetousness” that was the cause of Jehoiakim’s being given up to the Chaldean oppressor (Jeremiah 22:13) shall be the cause of the Chaldean’s own destruction.

_ _ set his nest on high — (Numbers 24:21; Jeremiah 49:16; Obadiah 1:4). The image is from an eagle (Job 39:27). The royal citadel is meant. The Chaldean built high towers, like the Babel founders, to “be delivered from the power of evil” (Genesis 11:4).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Habakkuk 2:5-14.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Habakkuk 2:9

To his house — His family which he would enrich, and raise high. Delivered — Kept secure and out of danger from all below him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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that coveteth an evil covetousness:
or, that gaineth an evil gain,
Genesis 13:10-13 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it [was] well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, [even] as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. ... But the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
Genesis 19:26-38 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. ... And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same [is] the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
Deuteronomy 7:25-26 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God. ... Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: [but] thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it [is] a cursed thing.
Joshua 7:21-26 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they [are] hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. ... And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.
1 Kings 21:2-4 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it [is] near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; [or], if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money. ... And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
1 Kings 21:19-24 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine. ... Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, [as] the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. ... The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper [as white] as snow.
Job 20:19-28 Because he hath oppressed [and] hath forsaken the poor; [because] he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; ... The increase of his house shall depart, [and his goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
Jeremiah 22:13-19 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; [that] useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work; ... He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 5:1-4 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. ... I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
Acts 1:17-25 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. ... That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

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Psalms 10:3-6 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth. ... He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for [I shall] never [be] in adversity.
Psalms 49:11 Their inward thought [is, that] their houses [shall continue] for ever, [and] their dwelling places to all generations; they call [their] lands after their own names.
Psalms 52:7 Lo, [this is] the man [that] made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Proverbs 18:11-12 The rich man's wealth [is] his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. ... Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.
Isaiah 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Isaiah 47:7-9 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: [so] that thou didst not lay these [things] to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. ... But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
Jeremiah 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, [and] the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.
Obadiah 1:4 Though thou exalt [thyself] as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

power of evil:
Heb. palm of the hand
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Gn 13:10; 19:26. Dt 7:25. Jsh 7:21. 1K 21:2, 19. 2K 5:20. Jb 20:19. Ps 10:3; 49:11; 52:7. Pv 18:11. Is 28:15; 47:7. Jr 22:13; 49:16. Ob 1:4. Zc 5:1. Ac 1:17. Jde 1:11.

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