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Habakkuk 3:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The sun and moon stood still in their habitation, At the light of thine arrows as they went, At the shining of thy glittering spear.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering spear.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Sun [and] moon stood in their places; They went away at the light of Your arrows, At the radiance of Your gleaming spear.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thy arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering spear.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation, At the light of thine arrows which shot forth,—At the shining of thy glittering spear.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Sun, moon, have stood still, on high,—like light, thine arrows, speed along, like brightness, is the flash of thy spear.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Sun—moon—hath stood—a habitation, At the light thine arrows go on, At the brightness, the glittering of thy spear.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The sun and the moon stood still in their habitation, in the light of thy arrows, they shall go in the brightness of thy glittering spear.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The Sunne [and] Moone stood still in [their] habitation: at the light of thine arrowes they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering speare.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The sun was exalted, and the moon stood still in her course: thy darts shall go forth at the light, at the brightness of the gleaming of thine arms.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering spear.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The sun 8121
{8121} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be brilliant; the sun; by implication the east; figuratively a ray, that is, (architecturally) a notched battlement.
[and] moon 3394
{3394} Prime
From the same as H3391; the moon.
stood still 5975
{5975} Prime
A primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literally and figuratively, intransitively and transitively).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
in their habitation: 2073
{2073} Prime
From H2082; a residence.
at the light 216
{0216} Prime
From H0215; illumination or (concretely) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.).
of thine arrows 2671
{2671} Prime
From H2686; properly a piercer, that is, an arrow; by implication a wound; figuratively (of God) thunder bolt; (by interchange for H6086) the shaft of a spear.
they went, 1980
{1980} Prime
Akin to H3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
<8762> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 2447
[and] at the shining 5051
{5051} Prime
From H5050; brilliancy (literally or figuratively).
of thy glittering 1300
{1300} Prime
From H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword.
spear. 2595
{2595} Prime
From H2583; a lance (for thrusting, like pitching a tent).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Habakkuk 3:11

_ _ sun ... moon stood still — at Joshua’s command (Joshua 10:12, Joshua 10:13). Maurer wrongly translates, “stand” (withdrawn, or hidden from view, by the clouds which covered the sky during the thunders).

_ _ light of thine arrows — hail mixed with lightnings (Joshua 10:10, Joshua 10:11).

_ _ they went — The sun and moon “went,” not as always heretofore, but according to the light and direction of Jehovah’s arrows, namely, His lightnings hurled in defense of His people; astonished at these they stood still [Calvin]. Maurer translates, “At the light of Thine arrows (which) went” or flew.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Habakkuk 3:3-15.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Habakkuk 3:11

Stood still — At the prayer of Joshua. In the light — Which was most miraculously continued.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Habakkuk 3:11

The (o) sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation: (p) at the light of thy arrows they went, [and] at the shining of thy glittering spear.

(o) As appears in (Joshua 10:12).

(p) According to your command the sun was directed by the weapons of your people, that fought in your cause, as though it dare not go forward.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Joshua 10:12-13 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. ... And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. [Is] not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as [in] mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as [in] the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
Isaiah 38:8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.


Psalms 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

at the light of thine arrows they went:
or, thine arrows walked in the light,
Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, [and] were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: [they were] more which died with hailstones than [they] whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
Psalms 18:12-14 At the brightness [that was] before him his thick clouds passed, hail [stones] and coals of fire. ... Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
Psalms 77:17-18 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. ... The voice of thy thunder [was] in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.
Psalms 144:5-6 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. ... Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.
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Jsh 10:11, 12. Ps 18:12; 19:4; 77:17; 144:5. Is 28:21; 38:8.

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