Habakkuk 1:1-6 (Common English Bible)

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1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

The prophet complains

2 LORD, how long will I call for help and you not listen? I cry out to you, "Violence!" but you don't deliver us. 3 Why do you show me injustice and look at anguish so that devastation and violence are before me? There is strife, and conflict abounds. 4 The Instruction is ineffective; justice does not endure because the wicked surround the righteous. Justice becomes warped.

The LORD responds

5 Look among the nations and watch! Be astonished and stare because something is happening in your days that you wouldn't believe even if told. 6 I am about to rouse the Chaldeans, that bitter and impetuous nation, which travels throughout the earth to possess dwelling places it does not own.
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