Habakkuk 1:1-10 ESV

1 1The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

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Habakkuk's Complaint

2 O LORD, 2how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you 3"Violence!" and you will not save?

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3 4Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction 5and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

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      4 6So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. 7For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

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      The Lord's Answer

      5 8"Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. 9For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

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      6 For behold, 10I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, 11who march through the breadth of the earth, 12to seize dwellings not their own.

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          7 They are dreaded and fearsome; 13their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.

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            • 13 1:7 - [ver. 10, 11]
              8 14Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than 15the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Their horsemen come from afar; 16they fly like an eagle swift to devour.

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              9 They all come 17for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives 18like sand.

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              10 At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. 19They laugh at every fortress, for 20they pile up earth and take it.

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