Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. Selah
Paran is a rugged wilderness region in northern Sinai, west of the Gulf of Arabia, due south of Judah. Mount Paran is a specific mountain in that range of rough terrain. Moses mentions Mount Paran or Paran generally several times. Gen 21:20-21 indicates Ishmael grew to manhood in the region of the Paran wilderness. Mount Sinai, where God met with Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments, is in the general region of the Paran wilderness. The spies went up from Paran to investigate the promised land and Israel passed in and through Paran various times during their wilderness years. Teman was Esau’s grandson (Gen 36:10-11) and his name here represents control over the territory of Edom. The Edomites refused to allow Israel passage through their territory during their wilderness journey. The Edomites were the “brothers” of Israel. God protected them, though they were contentious against Israel. When the two clashed, God’s favor rested on Israel. Expanding on the greatness of God in His keeping of Israel through the wilderness years, Habakkuk speaks of the vast wonder of Creation and how Creation rightly points to and praises its Creator, God.