Habakkuk 1


oracle: A prophetic speech of a threatening or menacing character, often against the nations
oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw. b

Habakkuk’s First Prayer

2 How long, c Lord, must I call for help d
and You do not listen
or cry out to You about violence
and You do not save?
3 Why do You force me to look at injustice? e
Why do You tolerate
Lit observe
Oppression and violence are right in front of me.
Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.
4 This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.
For the wicked restrict g the righteous;
therefore, justice h comes out perverted.

God’s First Answer

5 Look at the nations
DSS, LXX, Syr read Look, you treacherous people
j and observe k
be utterly astounded! l
For something is taking place in your days
that you will not believe m
when you hear about it. n
6 Look! I am raising up o the Chaldeans,
= the Babylonians

that bitter, q impetuous nation
that marches across the earth’s open spaces
to seize territories not its own.
7 They are fierce r and terrifying;
their views of justice and sovereignty
stem from themselves.
8 Their horses are swifter s than leopards t
and more fierce
Or and quicker
than wolves of the night.
Their horsemen charge ahead;
their horsemen come from distant lands.
They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour. v
9 All of them come to do violence;
their faces w are set in determination.
Hb obscure

They gather y prisoners like sand. z
10 They mock aa kings,
and rulers are a joke to them.
They laugh ab at every fortress
and build siege ramps to capture ac it.
11 Then they sweep ad by like the wind
and pass through.
They are
guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.
Or wind, and transgress and incur guilt
their strength is their god.

Habakkuk’s Second Prayer

12 Are You not from eternity,
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh my God?
My Holy One, ah You
Ancient Jewish tradition reads we
will not die.
Lord, You appointed them to execute judgment;
my Rock, aj You destined them to punish us.
13 Your eyes ak are too pure al to look on evil,
and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? am
Why are You silent
while one
= Babylon
who is wicked swallows up
= Judah
who is more righteous than himself?
14 You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea, ap
like marine creatures that have no ruler.
15 The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook,
catch them in their dragnet, aq
and gather them in their fishing net;
that is why they are glad and rejoice.
16 That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet
and burn incense to their fishing net,
for by these things their portion is rich
and their food plentiful. ar
17 Will they therefore empty their net
DSS read sword

and continually slaughter nations without mercy?
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