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Habakkuk: Week 1

Why do the Wicked go Unpunished?

Habakkuk provides us with a personal example of spiritual practice, especially in chapter 2. While no personal details are given, our modified historical method tells us that it was written prior to the annexation of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar, so before the first attack in 605. It was during a time of spiritual decline in Judah. It was before Jeremiah, or the Chaldeans should not be a surprise. Jeremiah received his word in the 13th year of Josiah. Perhaps it was during the brief reign of Amon, or since Jeremiah just said "the north" and not "the Chaldeans", perhaps the early years of Jehoiakim, before the arrival of Nebuchadnezzar.