1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

Habakkuk's First Prayer

2 How long, Lord, must I call for help and You do not listen, or cry out to You about violence and You do not save?

References for Habakkuk 1:2

      3 Why do You force me to look at injustice? Why do You toleratea wrongdoing? Oppression and violence are right in front of me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.

      References for Habakkuk 1:3

        • a 1:3 - Lit observe
          4 This is why the law is ineffective and justice never emerges. For the wicked restrict the righteous; therefore, justice comes out perverted.

          God's First Answer

          5 Look at the nationsb and observe- be utterly astounded! For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.c

          References for Habakkuk 1:5

            • b 1:5 - DSS, LXX, Syr read Look, you treacherous people; Ac 13:41
            • c 1:5 - Ac 13:41
              6 Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,d that bitter, impetuous nation that marches across the earth's open spaces to seize territories not its own.

              References for Habakkuk 1:6

                • d 1:6 - the Babylonians
                  7 They are fierce and terrifying; their views of justice and sovereignty stem from themselves.
                  8 Their horses are swifter than leopards and more fiercee than wolves of the night. Their horsemen charge ahead; their horsemen come from distant [lands]. They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour.

                  References for Habakkuk 1:8

                    • e 1:8 - Or and quicker
                      9 All of them come to do violence; their faces are set in determination.f They gather prisoners like sand.

                      References for Habakkuk 1:9

                        • f 1:9 - Hb obscure
                          10 They mock kings, and rulers are a joke to them. They laugh at every fortress and build siege ramps to capture it.
                          11 Then they sweep by like the wind and pass through. They are guilty;g their strength is their god.

                          References for Habakkuk 1:11

                            • g 1:11 - Or wind, and transgress and incur guilt

                              Habakkuk's Second Prayer

                              12 Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, Youh will not die. Lord, You appointed them to execute judgment; [my] Rock, You destined them to punish [us].

                              References for Habakkuk 1:12

                                • h 1:12 - Alt Hb tradition reads we
                                  13 [Your] eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are You silent while onei who is wicked swallows up onej who is more righteous than himself?

                                  References for Habakkuk 1:13

                                    • i 1:13 - Babylon; perhaps personified in its king
                                    • j 1:13 - Judah
                                      14 You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.
                                      15 The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook, catch them in their dragnet, and gather them in their fishing net; that is why they are glad and rejoice.
                                      16 That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet and burn incense to their fishing net, for by these things their portion is rich and their food plentiful.
                                      17 Will they therefore empty their netk and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

                                      References for Habakkuk 1:17

                                        • k 1:17 - DSS read sword