The Almighty Holy One (Hab 3:3-3:3)

“Elohim,

The Almighty One,

Came from Teman.

The Holy One

Came from Mount Paran.”

            Selah

Habakkuk has a series of names for Yahweh.  He was called Elohim, the Almighty One, and the Holy One.  This Almighty One was coming from Teman in Edom, the territory south of Judah.  Paran was a mountain in Edom.  Thus, Yahweh was going to enter Judah from the south.  Like in many of the psalms, there is an indication for a pause with the Selah.

Universal praise of God (Ps 67:2-67:4)

“May your way be known upon the earth.

May your saving power be known among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you!

O God!

Let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad!

Let them sing for joy!

You judge the peoples with equity.

You guide the nations upon earth.”

Selah

This is a universal call to praise God. His ways should be known upon the whole earth among all nations. His saving power is present. Then there is the refrain twice “Let the peoples praise you.”   The second one has the emphatic universal “all” the peoples. The nations should be glad so that they can sing with joy. God is a fair judge as he guides all the nations on earth. Once again, this section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause, the Selah.