The Meaning of Habakkuk 1:11 Explained

Habakkuk 1:11

KJV: Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.

YLT: Then passed on hath the spirit, Yea, he doth transgress, And doth ascribe this his power to his god.

Darby: Then will his mind change, and he will pass on, and become guilty: this his power is become his +god.

ASV: Then shall he sweep by as a wind, and shall pass over, and be guilty, even he whose might is his god.

What does Habakkuk 1:11 Mean?

Verse Meaning

The Babylonians would sweep through the ancient Near East like the wind and pass on from one doomed nation to the next. Yet Yahweh promised to hold them guilty because they worshipped power instead of the true God. This is the reason God would judge them.
God may seem to be strangely silent and inactive in provocative circumstances. He sometimes gives unexpected answers to our prayers. And He sometimes uses strange instruments to correct His people. [1]

Context Summary

Habakkuk 1:1-17 - The Apparent Prosperity Of The Wicked
Habakkuk probably lived toward the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim, when the Chaldeans were preparing to invade the land. Jerusalem was filled with wickedness. Crimes of violence and lawlessness had become so numerous that the prophet was appalled at the sight. He could only point to the fate of other nations, which must also befall Judah unless the people repented. Paul quotes Habakkuk 1:5 in Acts 13:41. The Chaldeans are compared to the leopard, the evening wolf, and the east wind. The prophet turns to Jehovah in an agony of expostulation and entreaty. Was He not from everlasting? Was He not Israel's Rock? The prophet's solace is the reflection, "We shall not die." An ancient reading is, "Thou canst not die." We are reminded of Revelation 1:18. O thou undying, unchanging, life-giving Savior, we cling to thee amid the storms that sweep the world, as limpets to the rock. [source]

Chapter Summary: Habakkuk 1

1  Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land,
5  is shown the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans
12  He complains that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse

What do the individual words in Habakkuk 1:11 mean?

Then changes [his] mind and he transgresses and He commits offense [Ascribing] this power to his god
אָ֣ז חָלַ֥ף ר֛וּחַ וַֽיַּעֲבֹ֖ר וְאָשֵׁ֑ם ז֥וּ כֹח֖וֹ לֵאלֹהֽוֹ

חָלַ֥ף  changes 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: חָלַף 
Sense: to pass on or away, pass through, pass by, go through, grow up, change, to go on from.
ר֛וּחַ  [his]  mind 
Parse: Noun, common singular
Root: רוּחַ  
Sense: wind, breath, mind, spirit.
וַֽיַּעֲבֹ֖ר  and  he  transgresses 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Consecutive imperfect, third person masculine singular
Root: עָבַר 
Sense: to pass over or by or through, alienate, bring, carry, do away, take, take away, transgress.
וְאָשֵׁ֑ם  and  He  commits  offense 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Verb, Qal, Conjunctive perfect, third person masculine singular
Root: אָשַׁם  
Sense: to offend, be guilty, trespass.
ז֥וּ  [Ascribing]  this 
Parse: Pronoun, relative
Root: זוּ  
Sense: this, such rel pron.
כֹח֖וֹ  power 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: כֹּחַ 
Sense: strength, power, might.
לֵאלֹהֽוֹ  to  his  god 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine singular
Root: אֱלֹהִים  
Sense: (plural).

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