Habakkuk 2:9-20 (New International Version)

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9 "Woe to him who builds1 his realm by unjust gain2 to set his nest3 on high, to escape the clutches of ruin! 10 You have plotted the ruin4 of many peoples, shaming5 your own house and forfeiting your life. 11 The stones6 of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it. 12 "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed7 and establishes a town by crime! 13 Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire,8 that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?9 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory10 of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.11 15 "Woe to him who gives drink12 to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies. 16 You will be filled with shame13 instead of glory.14 Now it is your turn! Drink15 and be exposeda !16 The cup17 from the LORD's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory. 17 The violence18 you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you.19 For you have shed man's blood;20 you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. 18 "Of what value21 is an idol,22 since a man has carved it? Or an image23 that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.24 19 Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!' Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!'25 Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver;26 there is no breath in it.27 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple;28 let all the earth be silent29 before him."
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