Habakkuk 2 NIV

1 I will stand at my watch1 and station myself on the ramparts;2 I will look to see what he will say3 to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.a4

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    • a 2:1 - Or "and what to answer when I am rebuked"

      The LORD's Answer

      2 Then the LORD replied: "Write5 down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a heraldb may run with it.

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        • b 2:2 - Or "so that whoever reads it"
          3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;6 it speaks of the end7 and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait8 for it; itc will certainly come and will not delay.9

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            • c 2:3 - Or "Though he linger, wait for him; / he"
              4 "See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous10 will live by his faithd11--

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                • d 2:4 - Or "faithfulness"
                  5 indeed, wine12 betrays him; he is arrogant13 and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the gravee and like death is never satisfied,14 he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive15 all the peoples.

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                    • e 2:5 - Hebrew "Sheol"
                      6 "Will not all of them taunt16 him with ridicule and scorn, saying, " 'Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion!17 How long must this go on?'

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                      7 Will not your debtorsf suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim.18

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                        • f 2:7 - Or "creditors"
                          8 Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you.19 For you have shed man's blood;20 you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.21

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                          9 "Woe to him who builds22 his realm by unjust gain23 to set his nest24 on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!

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                          10 You have plotted the ruin25 of many peoples, shaming26 your own house and forfeiting your life.

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                              11 The stones27 of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.

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                              12 "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed28 and establishes a town by crime!

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                              13 Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire,29 that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?30

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                              14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory31 of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.32

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                              15 "Woe to him who gives drink33 to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies.

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                              16 You will be filled with shame34 instead of glory.35 Now it is your turn! Drink36 and be exposedg !37 The cup38 from the LORD's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.

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                                • g 2:16 - Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls, Aquila, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint) "and stagger"
                                  17 The violence39 you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you.40 For you have shed man's blood;41 you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.

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                                      18 "Of what value42 is an idol,43 since a man has carved it? Or an image44 that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.45

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                                      19 Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!' Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!'46 Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver;47 there is no breath in it.48

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                                      20 But the LORD is in his holy temple;49 let all the earth be silent50 before him."

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