This post is Day 13 in a series of studies about “Habakkuk”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Habakkuk – Day 13

Habakkuk 2:5

Indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.

The Thought

A continuation of yesterday’s description of “the enemy” from the voice of God. He understood exactly what Habakkuk was complaining about. He knows our enemies better than we do. Nothing is ever hidden from Him. His description of the Babylonians in these verses can be used for many organisations in our world today.

It is interesting that God describes the enemy as being as greedy as the grave and like death as though the grave and death are two different beings.

Way back at the beginning of time we read of Father God warning Adam about death (Genesis 2:17). God informed Adam that if he ate the forbidden fruit, then he would die. This meant that he would be separated from God.

Today we think of death as the end of life on earth, a separation from the world and those we love. But the original meaning meant a separation from God. Adam and Eve had no idea what that meant until they ate the forbidden fruit and God’s Spirit left them.

In Romans 6 Paul gives us a long explanation of the real meaning of death. In encouraging us towards a righteous life Paul gives us a verse often quoted at funerals: dead to sin, alive to God (Romans 6:11).


Pray for those in political authority in your area, that they would recognise the evil in our world today and work for righteousness, and truth. Ask God to reveal Himself to them in power.

Pray for any you know who are involved in Babylonian systems in our world today. Ask God to reveal those systems, and change the hearts of those involved.

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