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Friday, February 5 2016
Habakkuk 3: Habakkuk's Shigionoth
"A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth ... I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation"
The Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced shig-gaw-yone, referred to a rare-in-the-Scriptures expression (the reason that most Bible translations don't attempt an English translation word, but rather a transliteration of how the Hebrew word sounded) that described an intense emotional state. The term is recorded only twice in the Holy Scriptures - once by David in Psalm 7, and once, in its plural form ("Shigionoth"), by Habakkuk the prophet. Notice however how the verbalism is used by two men in very similar circumstances i.e. an emotional prayer, sung by a prophet, describing the LORD's wrath upon the evil, with an eye toward a future time of salvation with justice (see The Time Of Judgment and The Messiah's Rod Of Iron).
"7:1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
"3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
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This Day In History, February 5
62: "The 62 Earthquake" occurred in Pompeii, Italy. The city was completely destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1428: King Alfonso V ordered Sicily's Jews to attend "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) sermons so that they would become "converted" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1555: The Diet (from the Latin word dieta meaning a day; the word diary has the same origin) of The Holy Roman Empire opened at Augsburg. Proclaimed by Charles V, it dealt with numerous religious matters. Among the decisions reached: that no member of the empire would go to war with another on religious grounds, and both Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism were to be allowed (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1556: Henry II of France and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
1631: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived from England in the English-created colony of Boston (prior to the coming of the English, the site of Boston was nothing more than swamp and wilderness).
1679: The Treaty of Nijmegen was signed by Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and King Louis XIV of France.
1810: The Siege of Cadiz began during the Peninsular War between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula.
1811: After King George III became incapacitated by old age and illness, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, later to be George IV.
1818: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
1841: The union of Upper and Lower Canada became effective. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1881: Thomas Carlyle, English author and historian, died at age 85.
1909: Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
1924: The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.
1941: Andrew Barton Paterson, Australian poet, died. He is widely credited as the author of Waltzing Matilda.
1954: The most northerly group of islands in Canada was named the Queen Elizabeth Islands. William Baffin was credited with the 1616 discovery of the islands.
1958: A hydrogen bomb was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, It was never recovered.
1973: Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto.
1983: Klaus Barbie, wanted Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, after extradition from Bolivia.
1997: Switzerland's three largest banks, facing international pressure, announced that they had created a 100 million Swiss franc Holocaust memorial fund as a gesture of good will toward their critics.
1997: Fire swept through the library of Pulkovo Observatory, Russia's most famous astronomical institution. The fire and the water used to fight it destroyed or damaged nearly 5,000 rare old books. Arson was the suspected cause - the "Russian Mafia" was believed to be responsible because they wanted the observatory's extensive grounds, near St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), made available for hotel construction.