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Habakkuk 1:15

 

 

The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, Drag them away with their net, And gather them together in their fishing net. Therefore they rejoice and are glad.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

They take up all of them - (literally “he taketh up all of it”) the whole race as though it were one,

With an angle; they catch them - literally, he sweepeth it away

In their (his) net - One fisherman is singled out who partly by wiles (as by the bait of “an angle”), partly by violence (the net or drag) sweeps away and gathers as his own the whole kind. Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldaeans are herein a faint image of Satan, who casts out his baits and his nets in the stormy sea of this life, taking some by individual craft, sweeping others in whole masses, to do evil; and whoso hath no ruler, and will not have Christ to reign over him Luke 19:4, he allures, hurries, drags away as his prey. Jerome: “Adam clave to his hook, and he drew him forth out of Paradise with his net; and covered him with his drags, his varied and manifold deceits and guiles. And “by one many became sinners,” and in Adam we ‹all died,‘ and all saints afterward were with him alike cast out of Paradise. And because he deceived the first man, he ceaseth not daily to slay the whole human race.”


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/habakkuk-1.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"He taketh up all of them with the angle, he catches them in his net, and gathereth them in his drag; therefore he rejoiceth and is glad."

The successful mopping up of whole populations by the ruthless invader is metaphorically described. Since Habakkuk was NOT describing what he had already seen in the past, but was uttering a prophecy of what would appear in the future, it was essential that metaphor be employed. The use of such language establishes it as having been written before the events prophesied.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/habakkuk-1.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

They take up all of them with the angle,.... The prophet continues the metaphor of fishing, and observes the different ways of taking fish; which is to be applied to the case he is speaking of: as fishermen take all they can with their angles, so "they" or "he", for it is in the singular number, Nebuchadnezzar and his army, take up all out of the sea of the world; are ambitious of getting all kingdoms and nations of the world under their power and dominion; particularly all Judea, and all the inhabitants of it, good and bad, without any distinction; for all were fish which came to their net: this may design the artful and alluring methods they first made use of to get the people into their hands, by making covenants with them, and drawing them into making of presents, and paying of tribute:

they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag; with the angle the fisherman catches fish one by one, but with the net great numbers; and what he misses by throwing the net, he gets by using the drag; all which may be expressive of the ways and methods used by the king of Babylon and his army, both in the times of Jeconiah, and of Zedekiah; under the former he used the net, and carried off large numbers, and with them the royal family and great substance, but left many behind; under the latter he came and swept away all, drained the land of its riches and its inhabitants:

therefore they rejoice and are glad; as fishermen do when they have good sport; so these people rejoiced in their own success, and in the calamities of their neighbours.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/habakkuk-1.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

they take up all of them — all kinds of fishes, that is, men, as captives, and all other prey that comes in their way.

with the angle — that is, the hook. Some they take up as with the hook, one by one; others in shoals, as in a “net” and “drag” or enclosing net.

therefore — because of their successes.

they rejoice — They glory in their crimes because attended with success (compare Habakkuk 1:11).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/habakkuk-1.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

They — The Chaldeans draw out all alike, good or bad.

In their net — Destroying many together.

And gather — As if they could never have enough, they drive men into their nets.


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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/habakkuk-1.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Habakkuk 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

Ver. 15. They take up all of them with the angle] No less than all will serve their turns or satisfy their ambition; as we read of Alexander, who wept that there was but one world for him to conquer; Julius Caesar, who would be aut Caesar, aut nullus; either Caesar or nothing, this Nebuchadnezzar in the text, fitly compared to a greedy fisherman, who could wish to enclose and catch all the fishes in the river. Covetousness is boundless; and ambition rideth without reins. The curse of unsatisfiableness, the disease of a spiritual dropsy, is upon all carnal hearts; so that though one man should engross a monopoly of all the wealth in the world, and heap up his hoards and his honours to the stars, yet would his heart be as hungry after more as if he had nothing.

Therefore they rejoice and are glad] This is worse than all the rest, that they please and applaud themselves in their wickedness, that they hug and stroke themselves on the head, as Doeg did, Psalms 52:2, and those Sodomites, Isaiah 3:9. This shows that men are arrived at that dead and dedolent disposition spoken of Ephesians 4:19, and are even straddling over hell’s mouth, which gapeth for them.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/habakkuk-1.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Habakkuk 1:15. Therefore they rejoice and are glad Therefore he rejoices and triumphs. The whole verse may he rendered in the singular number.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/habakkuk-1.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

They; either more generally oppressors every where, or else particularly the Chaldeans.

Take up; draw them out slily and craftily, when they are taken by his bait.

All of them without distinction, all alike, good or bad.

With the angle: it may refer to the delight these oppressors took in these courses, or to the more private way of destroying.

They catch them in their net; another method of the Chaldean rapine, like catching of fish, not singly and one by one, but destroying many together.

And gather them; as if they could never have enough, these Chaldeans do, fisher-like, drive men into their nets and snares. In their drag: this is a third way of destroying fish. The Chaldeans would use all ways to devour the Jews.

Therefore they, the greedy and cruel Chaldeans, rejoice, both in their own gain and in the Jews’ ruin.

And are glad: it is doubled to show the certainty of the thing, and probably to intimate the double joy they took in their prosperous oppression.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/habakkuk-1.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

15. So far as the prophet can see, Jehovah looks with favor upon their conquests, for they are successful in all their undertakings. The Chaldean armies are personified as a fisherman who makes extraordinary hauls and rejoices greatly in his success.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/habakkuk-1.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

angle = hook.

drag = a fish-net. Occurs only here (verses: Habakkuk 1:15, Habakkuk 1:16) and in Isaiah 19:8. Greek. sagene. See App-122. Italian seine sagena, whence (with a different vowel) the Greek verb sageneuo = to sweep [a country] clear.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/habakkuk-1.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

They take up all of them - all kinds of fish - i:e., men, as captives, and all other prey that comes in their way.

With the angle - i:e., the hook.

They catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag. Some they take up, as with the hook, one by one; others in shoals, as in a "net" and "drag," or enclosing net.

Therefore - because of their successes.

They rejoice - they glory in their crimes because attended with success (cf. Habakkuk 1:11, "Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over (all bounds of moderation in vain glory) and offend").


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/habakkuk-1.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
take
Jeremiah 16:16; Ezekiel 29:4,5; Amos 4:2; Matthew 17:27
they catch
Psalms 10:9; Luke 5:5-10; John 21:6-11
drag
or, flue-net. therefore.
Jeremiah 50:11; Lamentations 2:15,16; Ezekiel 25:6; 26:2; 35:15; Revelation 11:10

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Habakkuk 1:15". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/habakkuk-1.html.

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