Meaning embracing, or clinging to. The meaning of the prophet’s name indicates that in order for sinners to receive God’s eternal salvation (Hab. 2:4), which is actually God Himself (Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:30), God became a man on the earth that He might embrace sinners and sinners might cling to Him (cf. Luke 19:1-10). See note Hab. 2:41 and note Hosea 11:41.
The central thought of Habakkuk is that the righteous God will judge both the evil Israel and the violent Chaldeans, and only the righteous one will live by his faith (Hab. 2:4b), so that all the earth may know the glory of Jehovah (Hab. 2:14) and be silent before Jehovah, who is in His holy temple (Hab. 2:20), and so that His seeker may sing to Him in prayer, in lauding, and in trusting in Him (ch. 3).