Habakkuk 2

1I will stand upon my watch, and station myself upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say to me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
tower: Heb. fenced place
unto me: or, in me
when...: or, when I am argued with: Heb. upon my reproof, or, arguing
2And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. 3For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it may tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4Behold, his soul who is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

5Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth to him all nations, and heapeth to him all people:
Yea...: or, How much more
6Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
Woe...: or, Ho, he
7Shall they not rise suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall oppress thee, and thou shalt be for booty to them? 8Because thou hast laid waste many nations, all the remnant of the people shall lay thee waste; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell in it.
blood: Heb. bloods
9Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
coveteth...: or, gaineth and evil gain
power...: Heb. palm of the hand
10Thou gavest shameful counsel to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 11For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
beam: or, piece, or, fastening
answer it: or, witness against it
12Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!
blood: Heb. bloods
13Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour only for fire, and the people shall weary themselves for nothing?
for...: or, in vain?
14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
with...: or, by knowing the glory

15Woe to him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunk also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 16Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy shame come upon thee: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned to thee, and utter shame shall be on thy glory.
with...: or, more with shame than with glory
17For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell in it. 18What profiteth the graven image that its maker hath engraved it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth in it, to make dumb idols?
maker of...: Heb. fashioner of his fashion
19Woe to him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all within it. 20But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
let...: Heb. be silent all the earth before him

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