How long,2 O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?3 Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?43
Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate5 wrong?6 Destruction and violence7 are before me; there is strife,8 and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law9 is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice10 is perverted.11
"Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed.12 For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.136
I am raising up the Babylonians,a14 that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth15 to seize dwelling places not their own.167
They are a feared and dreaded people;17 they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter18 than leopards, fiercer than wolves19 at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like a vulture swooping to devour;
they all come bent on violence. Their hordesb advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners20 like sand.
They deride kings and scoff at rulers.21 They laugh at all fortified cities; they build earthen ramps22 and capture them.