Habakkuk 2

God Answers the Prophet

1I will a  stand on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will b  keep watch to see c  what He will speak to me,
And how I may reply
Lit upon my reproof
when I am reproved.
2Then the  Lord answered me and said,
e  Record the vision
And inscribe it on tablets,
Or one may read it fluently
the one who
Or is to proclaim it
reads it may run.
3For the vision is yet for the h  appointed time;
Lit pants
hastens toward the goal and it will not
Or lie
Though it tarries k  wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it l  will not delay.

4Behold, as for the m  proud one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the n  righteous will live by his
Or faithfulness
5Furthermore p  wine betrays the q  haughty man,
So that he does not r  stay at home.
He s  enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
And he is like death, never satisfied.
He also gathers to himself all nations
And collects to himself all peoples.

6Will not all of these t  take up a taunt-song against him,
Even mockery and insinuations against him
And say, ‘ u  Woe to him who increases what is not his—
For how long
And makes himself
Lit heavy
rich with loans?’
7“Will not
Lit those who bite you
your creditors x  rise up suddenly,
And those who
Lit violently shake you
collect from you awaken?
Indeed, you will become plunder for them.
8Because you have z  looted many nations,
All the remainder of the peoples will loot you—
Because of human bloodshed and violence
Lit of the land
done to the land,
To the town and all its inhabitants.

9Woe to him who gets ab  evil gain for his house
To ac  put his nest on high,
To be delivered from the hand of calamity!
10You have devised a ad  shameful thing for your house
By cutting off many peoples;
So you are ae  sinning against yourself.
11Surely the af  stone will cry out from the wall,
And the rafter will answer it from the
Lit wood

12Woe to him who ah  builds a city with bloodshed
And founds a town with
Or injustice
13Is it not indeed from the  Lord of hosts
That peoples aj  toil for fire,
And nations grow weary for nothing?
14For the earth will be ak  filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the  Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.

15Woe to you who make
Lit his neighbor
your neighbors drink,
Who mix in your venom even to make them drunk
So as to look on their nakedness!
16You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor.
Now you yourself am  drink and
Lit show yourself uncircumcised; or stagger; so DSS and ancient versions
expose your own nakedness.
The ao  cup in the  Lord’s right hand will come around to you,
And ap  utter disgrace will come upon your glory.
17“For the aq  violence
Lit of Lebanon
done to Lebanon will
Lit cover
overwhelm you,
And the devastation of its beasts
Lit which terrified them
by which you terrified them,
au  Because of human bloodshed and av  violence
Lit of the land
done to the land,
To the town and all its inhabitants.

18What ax  profit is the
Or a graven image
idol when its maker has carved it,
Lit a cast metal image
an image, a ba  teacher of falsehood?
For its maker bb  trusts in his own handiwork
When he fashions speechless idols.
19Woe to him who bc  says to a piece of wood, ‘ bd  Awake!’
To a mute stone, ‘Arise!’
And that is your teacher?
Behold, it is overlaid with be  gold and silver,
And there is bf  no breath at all inside it.
20“But the bg   Lord is in His holy temple.
Lit Hush before Him, all the earth
Let all the earth bi  be silent before Him.”

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