Habakkuk 1

Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah

1The
Or burden
,
b  oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2 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.
3Why 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.
4Therefore the h  law is
Or ineffective; lit numbed
ignored
And justice
Lit never goes forth
is never upheld.
For the wicked k  surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out l  perverted.

5 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.
6For behold, I am q  raising up the Chaldeans,
That
Lit bitter
fierce and impetuous people
Who march
Lit the breadth of
throughout the earth
To
Lit take possession of
,
u  seize dwelling places which are not theirs.
7They are dreaded and v  feared;
Their w  justice and
Lit eminence
authority
Lit proceeds from
originate with themselves.
8“Their z  horses are swifter than leopards
And
Or more eager to attack
keener than ab  wolves in the evening.
Their
Or steeds paw the ground
horsemen come galloping,
Their horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an ad  eagle swooping down to devour.
9All 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.
11Then 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.”

12Are 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.
16Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net
And
Or sacrifice
burn incense to their fishing net;
Because through ay  these things their
Lit portion
catch is
Lit fat; or plentiful
large,
And their food is
Lit the fat portion
plentiful.
17Will they therefore empty their bc  net
And continually bd  slay nations without sparing?

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