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Habakkuk 2 (New American Standard)

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God Answers the Prophet

1 I will 1stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will 2keep watch to see 3what He will speak to me, And how I may reply awhen I am reproved. 2 Then the LORD answered me and said, "4Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That bthe one who creads it may run. 3 "For the vision is yet for the 5appointed time; It dhastens toward the goal and it will not efail. Though it tarries, 6wait for it; For it will certainly come, it 7will not delay. 4 "Behold, as for the 8proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the 9righteous will live by his ffaith. 5 "Furthermore, 10wine betrays the 11haughty man, So that he does not 12stay at home. He 13enlarges his appetite like Sheol, And he is like death, never satisfied. He also gathers to himself all nations And collects to himself all peoples. 6 "Will not all of these 14take up a taunt-song against him, Even mockery and insinuations against him And say, '15Woe to him who increases what is not his- For how long - And makes himself grich with loans?' 7 "Will not hyour creditors 16rise up suddenly, And those who icollect from you awaken? Indeed, you will become plunder for them. 8 "Because you have 17looted many nations, All the remainder of the peoples will loot you- Because of human bloodshed and violence jdone to the land, To the town and all its inhabitants. 9 "Woe to him who gets 18evil gain for his house To 19put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity! 10 "You have devised a 20shameful thing for your house By cutting off many peoples; So you are 21sinning against yourself. 11 "Surely the 22stone will cry out from the wall, And the rafter will answer it from the kframework. 12 "Woe to him who 23builds a city with bloodshed And founds a town with lviolence! 13 "Is it not indeed from the LORD of hosts That peoples 24toil for fire, And nations grow weary for nothing? 14 "For the earth will be 25filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. 15 "Woe to you who make myour neighbors drink, Who mix in your venom even to make them drunk So as to look on their nakedness! 16 "You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor. Now you yourself 26drink and nexpose your own nakedness. The 27cup in the LORD'S right hand will come around to you, And 28utter disgrace will come upon your glory. 17 "For the 29violence odone to Lebanon will poverwhelm you, And the devastation of its beasts qby which you terrified them, 30Because of human bloodshed and 31violence rdone to the land, To the town and all its inhabitants. 18 "What 32profit is the sidol when its maker has carved it, Or tan image, a 33teacher of falsehood? For its maker 34trusts in his own handiwork When he fashions speechless idols. 19 "Woe to him who 35says to a piece of wood, '36Awake!' To a mute stone, 'Arise!' And that is your teacher? Behold, it is overlaid with 37gold and silver, And there is 38no breath at all inside it. 20 "But the 39LORD is in His holy temple. uLet all the earth 40be silent before Him."
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