8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
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9 they all come intent on violence. Their hordesa advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.
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    • b 1:9 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      10 They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them.
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      11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on— guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”
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      Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

      12 LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, youb will never die. You, LORD, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
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        • c 1:12 - An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text "we"
          13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
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          14 You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler.
          15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad.
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          16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.
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          17 Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?
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