HABAKKUK WAS a prophet of God at the time the Babylonians were attacking Judah, around 610 bc. The prophet was perplexed: why did God appear to let wicked nations like Babylon prosper—and even be allowed to punish God’s people (1:3)? God’s answer was to show him that despite present appearances He has a plan which will one day triumph and bring blessings for the righteous: “I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you…” (Habakkuk 1:5). Vision Of The Kingdom From the watchtower on the walls of Jerusalem (2:1), the prophet was enabled to see forward across the centuries, to the time when the wicked will cease. Then “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (2:14). Chapter 3 contains a “prayer of Habakkuk” (v. 1), which is in