“What sorrow awaits you who build big houses with money gained dishonestly! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your family’s nest beyond the reach of danger.
But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives.
The very stones in the walls cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint.
“What sorrow awaits you who build cities with money gained through murder and corruption!
Has not the of Heaven’s Armies promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain!
For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the .
“What sorrow awaits you who make your neighbors drunk! You force your cup on them so you can gloat over their shameful nakedness.
But soon it will be your turn to be disgraced. Come, drink and be exposed! Drink from the cup of the ’s judgment, and all your glory will be turned to shame.
References for Habakkuk 2:16
You cut down the forests of Lebanon. Now you will be cut down. You destroyed the wild animals, so now their terror will be yours. You committed murder throughout the countryside and filled the towns with violence.
“What good is an idol carved by man, or a cast image that deceives you? How foolish to trust in your own creation— a god that can’t even talk!
What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols, ‘Wake up and save us!’ To speechless stone images you say, ‘Rise up and teach us!’ Can an idol tell you what to do? They may be overlaid with gold and silver, but they are lifeless inside.