Habakkuk 1 1
The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received.
Habakkuk's Complaint 2
How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, "Violence!"
but you do not save? 3
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds. 4
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
The Lord 's Answer 5
"Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told. 6
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwelling places not their own. 7
They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor. 8
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like a vulture swooping to devour; 9
they all come bent on violence.
Their hordes advance like a desert wind
and gather prisoners like sand. 10
They deride kings
and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
they build earthen ramps and capture them. 11
Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
guilty men, whose own strength is their god."
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