Habakkuk 3:8-15

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Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
11 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.
12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.

JPS Tanakh

8 Are You wroth, O LORD, with Neharim?
Is Your anger against Neharim,
Your rage against Yam[a]
That You are driving Your steeds,
Your victorious chariot?
9 All bared and ready is Your bow.

Sworn are the rods of the word. Selah.

[a] Neharim (lit. “Floods”) and Yam (lit. “Sea”) were marine monsters vanquished by the Lord in hoary antiquity. On Yam see Ps. 74.13; Job 7.12. A being called both Yam and Nahar figures in early Canaanite literature.

Jewish Study Bible Notes:

3.8: 'Neharim,' or "River" or "Floods" or "rivers." 'Neharim' is another West-Semitic mythological figure (cf. Reshef in v. 6) and so is 'Yam,' "Sea" or "sea." See translators' note '[a]'.

A Creation Record

The Primal Sea at the time of the end.
See at Isaiah 50:2.

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