Habakkuk’s Complaint

1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

References for Habakkuk 1:1

      2 O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? [How long] will I cry out to you, "Violence!" and you will not save?
      3 Why do you cause me to see evil [while] you look at trouble? Destruction and violence happen before me; contention and strife arise.
      4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice does not go forth perpetually.a For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

      References for Habakkuk 1:4

        • a 1:4 - Or "forever"

          God’s Answer to Habakkuk

          5 "Look among the nations and see; be astonished and astounded. For a work [is about to] be done in your days that you will not believe if it is told.

          References for Habakkuk 1:5

              6 For look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, the bitter and impetuous nation, the one who walks through the spacious places of earth to take possession of dwellings not belonging to it.b

              References for Habakkuk 1:6

                • b 1:6 - Or "him"
                  7 Theyc [are] dreadful and awesome; theird justice and theire dignity proceed from themselves.f

                  References for Habakkuk 1:7

                    • c 1:7 - Hebrew "He"
                    • d 1:7 - Hebrew "his"
                    • e 1:7 - Hebrew "his"
                    • f 1:7 - Hebrew "him"
                      8 Theirg horses [are] more swift than leopards; they are more menacing than wolves [at] dusk. Theirh horsemen gallop; theiri horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle [that is] swift to devour.

                      References for Habakkuk 1:8

                        • g 1:8 - Hebrew "His"
                        • h 1:8 - Hebrew "His"
                        • i 1:8 - Hebrew "his"
                          9 All of themj come for violence, their faces pressing forward. They gather captives like the sand.

                          References for Habakkuk 1:9

                            • j 1:9 - Hebrew "him"
                              10 And they themselves scoff at kings and rulers [are] a joke to them. They laugh at every fortification, and they heap up earth and take it.
                              11 Then they sweep [like the] wind and pass on; they become guilty, whose might [is] theirk god!"

                              References for Habakkuk 1:11

                                • k 1:11 - Hebrew "his"

                                  Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

                                  12 Are you not from of old, O Yahweh my God, my Holy One? Youl shall not die. O Yahweh, you have marked themm for judgment; O Rock, you have established themn for reproof.

                                  References for Habakkuk 1:12

                                    • l 1:12 - Hebrew "we shall not die," considered a deliberate scribal change of the text to avoid offensive language toward Yahweh
                                    • m 1:12 - Hebrew "him"
                                    • n 1:12 - Hebrew "him"
                                      13 Your eyes [are] too pure to see evil, and you are not able to look at wrongdoing.o Why do you look at the treacherous? [Why] are you silent when the wicked swallows up [someone] more righteous than him?

                                      References for Habakkuk 1:13

                                        • o 1:13 - Or "trouble"
                                          14 You make humankind like fish of the sea, like crawling creatures that have no ruler among them.
                                          15 He brings up all of them with a fishhook; he drags them up with a fishnet; he gathers them in his dragnet. Therefore, he rejoices and exults.
                                          16 Therefore he sacrifices to his fishnet and makes offerings to his dragnet, for by them {he makes a good living}p and his food [is] rich.

                                          References for Habakkuk 1:16

                                            • p 1:16 - Literally "his portion is fat"
                                              17 Will he therefore empty his fishnet and continually kill nations without showing mercy?