Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land, Hab_1:14, showed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans, Hab_1:5-11. He complaineth that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse, Hab_1:12-17.
The burden; see Nah_1:1; to which we may here add, as proper to this time and place, that the prophet seems to speak of the grievous things here intended as a burden to himself, a trouble he did feel and groan under.
Habakkuk: here we might, as others, guess at his country, parentage, and tribe; but no certainty appears in these: his name may perhaps intimate somewhat, either actively one that embraceth, or passively one embraced, and so may refer to God, or to his people, and intimate good to a people, whom God will ere long embrace; or it may speak one that is puzzled with the intricacy of affairs, and therefore expostulateth, as Hab_1:2,3.
The prophet; not he that is mentioned in the apocryphal book, but a prophet called and sent of God.
Did see; not only in the future certainty of it on others, but did also feel in the present trouble and perplexity wherewith it affected him.