Habakkuk 2 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I will take my post; I will position myself on the fortress. I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me and how he will respond to my complaint. 1 I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
2 Then the LORD answered me and said, Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet so that a runner can read it. 2 Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
3 There is still a vision for the appointed time; it testifies to the end; it does not deceive. If it delays, wait for it; for it is surely coming; it will not be late. 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
4 Some people's desires are truly audacious; they don't do the right thing. But the righteous person will live honestly. 4 "See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous will live by his faith--
5 Moreover, wine betrays an arrogant man. He doesn't rest. He opens his jaws like the grave; like death, he is never satisfied. He gathers all nations to himself and collects all peoples for himself. 5 indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.
6 Won't everyone tell parables about him or mocking poems concerning him? They will say: Doom to the one who multiplies what doesn't belong to him and who increases his own burden. How long? 6 "Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, " 'Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?'
7 Won't they suddenly rise up to bite you? Those who frighten you will awaken; you will become plunder for them. 7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim.
8 Since you yourself have plundered many nations, all the rest of the peoples will plunder you because of the human bloodshed and the violence done to the earth, to every village, and to all its inhabitants. 8 Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples who are left will plunder you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
9 Doom to the one making evil gain for his own house, for putting his own nest up high, for delivering himself from the grasp of calamity. 9 "Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
10 You plan shame for your own house, cutting off many peoples and sinning against your own life. 10 You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
11 A stone will cry out from a village wall, and a tree branch will respond. 11 The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.
12 Pity the one building a city with bloodshed and founding a village with injustice. 12 "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!
13 Look, isn't this from the LORD of heavenly forces? Peoples grow weary from making just enough fire; nations become tired for nothing. 13 Has not the LORD Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?
14 But the land will be full of the knowledge of the LORD's glory, just as water covers the sea. 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
15 Doom to the one who makes his companions drunk, pouring out your wrath in order to see them naked. 15 "Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies.
16 You have drunk your fill of dishonor rather than glory. So drink and stagger. The cup of the LORD's strong hand will come around to you; disgrace will engulf you. 16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and be exposed ! The cup from the LORD's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.
17 Because of the violence done to Lebanon, he will overwhelm you; the destruction of animals will terrify you, as will human bloodshed and violence throughout the land, the villages, and all their inhabitants. 17 The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
18 Of what value is an idol, when its potter carves it, or a cast image that has been shaped? It is a teacher of lies, for the potter trusts the pottery, though it is incapable of speaking. 18 "Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Doom to the one saying to the tree, "Wake up!" or "Get up" to the silent stone. Does it teach? Look, it is overlaid with gold and silver, but there is no breath within it. 19 Woe to him who says to wood, 'Come to life!' Or to lifeless stone, 'Wake up!' Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before him. 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him."