Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate1 wrong?2 Destruction and violence3 are before me; there is strife,4 and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law5 is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice6 is perverted.7
"Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed.8 For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.96
I am raising up the Babylonians,a10 that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth11 to seize dwelling places not their own.127
They are a feared and dreaded people;13 they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter14 than leopards, fiercer than wolves15 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 prisoners16 like sand.
They deride kings and scoff at rulers.17 They laugh at all fortified cities; they build earthen ramps18 and capture them.
Then they sweep past like the wind19 and go on-- guilty men, whose own strength is their god."20
O LORD, are you not from everlasting?21 My God, my Holy One,22 we will not die.23 O LORD, you have appointed24 them to execute judgment; O Rock,25 you have ordained them to punish.
Your eyes are too pure26 to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.27 Why then do you tolerate28 the treacherous?29 Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?30