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Habakkuk 1:2-12 (New International Version)

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Habakkuk's Complaint

2 How long,1 O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?2 Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?3 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate4 wrong?5 Destruction and violence6 are before me; there is strife,7 and conflict abounds. 4 Therefore the law8 is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice9 is perverted.10

The LORD's Answer

5 "Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed.11 For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.12 6 I am raising up the Babylonians,a13 that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth14 to seize dwelling places not their own.15 7 They are a feared and dreaded people;16 they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor. 8 Their horses are swifter17 than leopards, fiercer than wolves18 at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like a vulture swooping to devour; 9 they all come bent on violence. Their hordesb advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners19 like sand. 10 They deride kings and scoff at rulers.20 They laugh at all fortified cities; they build earthen ramps21 and capture them. 11 Then they sweep past like the wind22 and go on-- guilty men, whose own strength is their god."23

Habakkuk's Second Complaint

12 O LORD, are you not from everlasting?24 My God, my Holy One,25 we will not die.26 O LORD, you have appointed27 them to execute judgment; O Rock,28 you have ordained them to punish.
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