Habakkuk 2 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I will stand like a guard to watch and place myself at the tower. I will wait to see what he will say to me; I will wait to learn how God will answer 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 The Lord answered me: "Write down the vision; write it clearly on clay tablets so whoever reads it can run to tell others. 2 Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
3 It is not yet time for the message to come true, but that time is coming soon; the message will come true. It may seem like a long time, but be patient and wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not be delayed. 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 The evil nation is very proud of itself; it is not living as it should. But those who are right with God will live by trusting in him. 4 "See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous will live by his faith--
5 "Just as wine can trick a person, those who are too proud will not last, because their desire is like a grave's desire for death, and like death they always want more. They gather other nations for themselves and collect for themselves all the countries. 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 But all the nations the Babylonians have hurt will laugh at them. and say, 'How terrible it will be for the one that steals many things. How long will that nation get rich by forcing others to pay them?' 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 "One day the people from whom you have taken money will turn against you. They will realize what is happening and make you shake with fear. Then they will take everything you have. 7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their victim.
8 Because you have stolen from many nations, those who are left will take much from you. This is because you have killed many people, destroying countries and cities and everyone in them. 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 "How terrible it will be for the nation that becomes rich by doing wrong, thinking they will live in a safe place and escape harm. 9 "Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin!
10 Because you have made plans to destroy many people, you have made your own houses ashamed of you. Because of it, you will lose your lives. 10 You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life.
11 The stones of the walls will cry out against you, and the boards that support the roof will agree that you are wrong. 11 The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.
12 "How terrible it will be for the nation that kills people to build a city, that wrongs others to start a town. 12 "Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime!
13 The Lord All-Powerful will send fire to destroy what those people have built; all the nations' work will be 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 Then, just as water covers the sea, people everywhere will know the Lord's glory. 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
15 "How terrible for the nation that makes its neighbors drink, pouring from the jug of wine until they are drunk so that it can look at their naked bodies. 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 Babylonians will be filled with disgrace, not respect. It's your turn to drink and fall to the ground like a drunk person. The cup of anger from the Lord's right hand is coming around to you. You will receive disgrace, not respect. 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 You hurt many people in Lebanon, but now you will be hurt. You killed many animals there, and now you must be afraid because of what you did to that land, those cities, and the people who lived in them. 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 "An idol does no good, because a human made it; it is only a statue that teaches lies. The one who made it expects his own work to help him, but he makes idols that can't even speak! 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 How terrible it will be for the one who says to a wooden statue, 'Come to life!' How terrible it will be for the one who says to a silent stone, 'Get up!' It cannot tell you what to do. It is only a statue covered with gold and silver; there is no life in 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 The Lord is in his Holy Temple; all the earth should be silent in his presence." 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him."