Habakkuk 2:2 Index
"And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it."
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" . . . write . . . "

  • The Lord answers the faith of His servant, and encourages him in his work. Writing would give permanence to the prophet's messages. (4BC 1053)

" . . . make it plain . . . "

  • The Bible was designed to be a guide to all who wish to become acquainted with the will of their Maker. God gave to men the sure word of prophecy; angels and even Christ Himself came to make known to Daniel and John the things that must shortly come to pass. Those important matters that concern our salvation were not left involved in mystery. They were not revealed in such a way as to perplex and mislead the honest seeker after truth. Said the Lord by the prophet Habakkuk: “Write the vision, and make it plain, ... that he may run that readeth it” (Habakkuk 2:2). The word of God is plain to all who study it with a prayerful heart. Every truly honest soul will come to the light of truth. “Light is sown for the righteous” (Psalm 97:11). And no church can advance in holiness unless its members are earnestly seeking for truth as for hid treasure. (GC 521-522)

" . . . upon tables . . . "

  • Hebrew luchath, usually stone tablets, sometimes wooden boards. Here these were probably tablets placed in public places where all could see and read them. (4BC 1053)
  • Prophetic history was presented to Daniel and John in symbols, and these were to be represented plainly upon tables, that he who reads might understand. (2SM 319-320)

" . . . that he may run . . . "

  • The clause reads literally, "so that the reader of it may run," that is, read it readily, fluently, smoothly. (4BC 1053)
  • With intense interest God is looking on this world. He has noted the capacity of human beings for service. Looking down the ages, He has counted His workers, both men and women, and has prepared the way before them, saying, “I will send My messengers to them, and they shall see great light shining amid the darkness. Won to the service of Christ, they will use their talents to the glory of My name. They will go forth to work for Me with zeal and devotion. Through their efforts the truth will speak to thousands in a most forcible manner, and men spiritually blind will receive sight, and will see My salvation. (Ev 129)