1The oracle of God which Habak'kuk the prophet saw.2O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee "Violence!" and thou wilt not save?3Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.4So the law is slacked and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice goes forth perverted.5Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.6For lo, I am rousing the Chalde'ans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize habitations not their own.7Dread and terrible are they; their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.8Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Yea, their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour.9They all come for violence; terror of them goes before them. They gather captives like sand.10At kings they scoff, and of rulers they make sport. They laugh at every fortress, for they heap up earth and take it.11Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!12Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them as a judgment; and thou, O Rock, hast established them for chastisement.13Thou who art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong, why dost thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?
1I will take my stand to watch, and station myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.2And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.3For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end--it will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.4Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.