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Habakkuk 1:1-10 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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? 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. 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 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. 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. 9 All of them come to do violence; their faces are set in determination.f They gather prisoners like sand. 10 They mock kings, and rulers are a joke to them. They laugh at every fortress and build siege ramps to capture it.
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