Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah1 The ▼
▼ 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.
3 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.
4 Therefore the h law is ▼
▼ Or ineffective; lit numbedignored
And justice ▼
▼ Lit never goes forthis 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 ityou were told.
6 “For behold, I am q raising up the Chaldeans,
▼ Lit bitterfierce and impetuous people
Who march ▼
▼ Lit the breadth ofthroughout the earth
▼ Lit take possession of, u seize dwelling places which are not theirs.
7 “They are dreaded and v feared;
Their w justice and ▼
▼ Lit eminenceauthority ▼
▼ Lit proceeds fromoriginate with themselves.
8 “Their z horses are swifter than leopards
▼ Or more eager to attackkeener than ab wolves in the evening.
▼ Or steeds paw the groundhorsemen come galloping,
Their horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an ad eagle swooping down to devour.
9 “All of them come for violence.
▼ Or The eagerness of their facesTheir 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 atapprove 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 sacrificeburn incense to their fishing net;
Because through ay these things their ▼
▼ Lit portioncatch is ▼
▼ Lit fat; or plentifullarge,
And their food is ▼
▼ Lit the fat portionplentiful.
17 Will they therefore empty their bc net
And continually bd slay nations without sparing?
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