The righteous shall live by his faith

The book of Habakkuk provides practical help for times when our foundations are shaken. When we are asking questions of God and wrestling with all that’s going on in the world. When our circumstances speak loudly, the book of Habakkuk teaches us how we might live by faith and not by sight. And ultimately, it gives us hope, that God himself would come and that through Him the ‘righteous will live by faith’.


Habakkuk 2:2–5 (Listen)

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

And the LORD answered me:

  “Write the vision;
    make it plain on tablets,
    so he may run who reads it.
  For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
    it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
  If it seems slow, wait for it;
    it will surely come; it will not delay.
  “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
    but the righteous shall live by his faith.1
  “Moreover, wine2 is a traitor,
    an arrogant man who is never at rest.3
  His greed is as wide as Sheol;
    like death he has never enough.
  He gathers for himself all nations
    and collects as his own all peoples.”


[1] 2:4 Or faithfulness
[2] 2:5 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scroll wealth
[3] 2:5 The meaning of the Hebrew of these two lines is uncertain


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