|1||The oracle of God which Habakkuk the prophet saw.||HABAKKUK. (late 7th cent BCE).|
|2|| O Yahweh, |
how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you "Violence!"
and you will not save?
|Habakkuk complains of injustice.|
|3||Why do you make me see wrongs |
and look upon trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
|4||So the law is slacked |
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous,
so justice goes forth perverted.
|5||Look among the nations, and see; |
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
|The LORD's reply.|
|6||For lo, I am rousing the Chaldeans, |
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize habitations not their own.
|7||Dread and terrible are they; |
their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.
|8||Their horses are swifter than leopards, |
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Yea, their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
|9||They all come for violence; |
terror of them goes before them.
They gather captives like sand.
|10||At kings they scoff, |
and of rulers they make sport.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they heap up earth and take it.
|11||Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, |
guilty men, whose own might is their god!
|12||Are you not from everlasting, |
O Yahweh my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Yahweh, you have ordained them as a judgment;
and you, O Rock, have established them for chastisement.
|Habakkuk complains to the LORD again.|
|13||You who are of purer eyes than to behold evil |
and can not look on wrong,
why do you look on faithless men,
and are silent when the wicked swallows up
the man more righteous than he?
|14||For you make men like the fish of the sea, |
like crawling things that have no ruler.
|15||He brings all of them up with a hook, |
he drags them out with his net,
he gathers them in his seine;
so he rejoices and exults.
|16||Therefore he sacrifices to his net |
and burns incense to his seine;
for by them he lives in luxury,
and his food is rich.
|17||Is he then to keep on emptying his net,|
and mercilessly slaying nations for ever?
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