Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk describes a way of life. More than just a metaphor to describe the journey, “living by faith” provides a deep contrast to the way of pride. The disparity deepens when you consider that the soul of the proud is not “upright” and the life of faith is the life of the “just”. In plain speech, Habakkuk describes the difference between the right way and the wrong way to live. It’s fairly easy to see the sins of the Babylonian kingdom in the late 7th century B.C. as described in Habakkuk. But, when we look in the mirror it’s a different story.