Habakkuk 1

1The burden which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out to thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3Why dost thou show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for plundering and violence are before me: and there are that raise strife and contention. 4Therefore the law is feeble, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth surround the righteous; therefore judgment goeth forth perverted
wrong: or, wrested

5Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you . 6For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
breadth: Heb. breadths
7They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed from themselves.
their judgment...: or, from them shall proceed the judgment of these, and the captivity of these
8Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
fierce: Heb. sharp
9They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captives as the sand.
their...: or, the supping up of their faces, etc: or, their faces shall look (Heb. the opposition of their faces) toward the east
10And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn to them: they shall laugh at every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 11Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power to his god.

12Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.
mighty...: Heb. rock
established: Heb. founded
13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: why lookest thou on them that deal treacherously, and keepest silence when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
iniquity: or, grievance
14And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
creeping: or, moving
15They take up all of them with the hook, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
drag: or, flue net
16Therefore they sacrifice to their net, and burn incense to their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their food plenteous.
plenteous: or, dainty: Heb. fat
17Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

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