Habakkuk 1

Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah

Or burden
b oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.
c How long, O  Lord, will I call for help,
And You will not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do d not save.
Why do You make me e see iniquity,
And cause me to look on wickedness?
Yes, f destruction and violence are before me;
g Strife exists and contention arises.
Therefore the h law is
Or ineffective; lit numbed
And justice
Lit never goes forth
is never upheld.
For the wicked k surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out l perverted.

m Look among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! n Wonder!
Because I am doing o something in your days
You would not believe if
Lit it
you were told.
For behold, I am q raising up the Chaldeans,
Lit bitter
fierce and impetuous people
Who march
Lit the breadth of
throughout the earth
Lit take possession of
u seize dwelling places which are not theirs.
They are dreaded and v feared;
Their w justice and
Lit eminence
Lit proceeds from
originate with themselves.
“Their z horses are swifter than leopards
Or more eager to attack
keener than ab wolves in the evening.
Or steeds paw the ground
horsemen come galloping,
Their horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an ad eagle swooping down to devour.
All of them come for violence.
Or The eagerness of their faces
Their horde of af faces moves forward.
They collect captives like sand.
10 “They ag mock at kings
And rulers are a laughing matter to them.
They ah laugh at every fortress
And ai heap up rubble to capture it.
11 Then they will sweep through like the aj wind and pass on.
But they will be held ak guilty,
They whose al strength is their god.”

12 Are You not from am everlasting,
O  Lord, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, O  Lord, have an appointed them to judge;
And You, O ao Rock, have established them to correct.
13  Your eyes are too ap pure to
Lit look at
approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
Why do You ar look with favor
On those who deal as treacherously?
Why are You at silent when the wicked au swallow up
Those more righteous than they?
14  Why have You made men like the fish of the sea,
Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
15  The Chaldeans av bring all of them up with a hook,
aw Drag them away with their net,
And gather them together in their fishing net.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
16 Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net
Or sacrifice
burn incense to their fishing net;
Because through ay these things their
Lit portion
catch is
Lit fat; or plentiful
And their food is
Lit the fat portion
17 Will they therefore empty their bc net
And continually bd slay nations without sparing?

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