Habakkuk 1:5-11 TNIV

The LORD's Answer

5 "Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterly amazed.1 For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.2

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6 I am raising up the Babylonians,a3 that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth4 to seize dwellings not their own.5

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    • a 1:6 - Or "Chaldeans"
      7 They are a feared and dreaded people;6 they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.

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      8 Their horses are swifter7 than leopards, fiercer than wolves8 at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like a vulture swooping to devour;

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      9 they all come bent on violence. Their hordesb advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners9 like sand.

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        • b 1:9 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
          10 They mock kings and scoff at rulers.10 They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps11 they capture them.

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          11 Then they sweep past like the wind12 and go on-- guilty people, whose own strength is their god."13

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