Habakkuk 1:1-11 NAS

Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah

1 The a1oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

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2 2How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do 3not save.

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3 Why do You make me 4see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, 5destruction and violence are before me; 6Strife exists and contention arises.

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4 Therefore * the 7law is bignored And justice cis never * upheld. For the wicked 8surround the righteous; Therefore * justice comes out 9perverted.

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    • b 1:4 - Or "ineffective;" lit "numbed"
    • c 1:4 - Lit "never goes forth"
      5 "10Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! 11Wonder! Because I am doing 12something in your days - You would not believe if dyou were told.

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      6 "For behold, I am 13raising up the Chaldeans, That efierce and impetuous people Who march fthroughout the earth To g14seize dwelling places which are not theirs.

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        • e 1:6 - Lit "bitter"
        • f 1:6 - Lit "the breadth of"
        • g 1:6 - Lit "take possession of"
          7 "They are dreaded and 15feared; Their 16justice and hauthority ioriginate with themselves.

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            • h 1:7 - Lit "eminence"
            • i 1:7 - Lit "proceeds from"
              8 "Their 17horses are swifter than leopards And jkeener than 18wolves in the evening. Their khorsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an 19eagle swooping down to devour.

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                • j 1:8 - Or "more eager" to attack
                • k 1:8 - Or "steeds paw" the ground
                  9 "All of them come for violence. lTheir horde of 20faces moves forward. They collect captives like sand.

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                    • l 1:9 - Or "The eagerness of their faces"
                      10 "They 21mock at kings And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They 22laugh at every fortress And 23heap up rubble to capture it.

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                      11 "Then they will sweep through like the 24wind and pass on. But they will be held 25guilty, They whose 26strength is their god."

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