God came from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah.
His splendor covered the heavens
and his praise filled the earth. Bible other translations

“Teman.” The word Teman means “southland,” and here it refers to a place south of the Promised Land, and it is connected with Mount Paran, a mountain believed to be between Edom and Mount Sinai and connected with the Exodus from Egypt (Deut. 33:2). As Habakkuk’s poem unfolds in the next verses, it is easy to see the connection that Habakkuk is making with Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. When Israel was in trouble in Egypt, “God came from Teman,” south of the Promised Land, even from Mount Paran, to deliver them. In Habakkuk’s time, the people of Israel were in trouble again, but this time from the Babylonians. Habakkuk is portraying a hoped for coming deliverance from Babylon using the vocabulary and imagry of God’s past deliverance of Israel from Egypt, as well as some other past times that God delivered Israel.

Commentary for: Habakkuk 3:3