Habakkuk 1:1-6 (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.
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