A woe against those who cannot be satisfied

Habakkuk Bible Background

12.23.2017 – Old Testament: Hab 2.5–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Habakkuk on December 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Babylon went out conquering other nations because it coveted what those nations had, including the land. The Lord had Habakkuk the prophet write of Babylon’s covetousness,

“Indeed, because he transgresses by wine,
He is a proud man,
And he does not stay at home.
Because he enlarges his desire as hell,
And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied,
He gathers to himself all nations
And heaps up for himself all peoples.
Will not all these take up a proverb against him,
And a taunting riddle against him, and say,
‘Woe to him who increases
What is not his—how long?
And to him who loads himself with many pledges’?”
(Habakkuk 2.5–6)

Eventually the thirst for more leads to having nothing and falling under the weight of covetousness. Be content, nations of the world, with what God has given you.


  • Are you content?
  • What is most important to you in life?

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