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  • 1 The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

  • 2 How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?

  • 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.

  • 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

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

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

  • 7 They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.

  • 8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

  • 9 they all come intent on violence. Their hordes advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.

  • 10 They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them.

  • 11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on— guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

  • 12 LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, LORD, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

  • 13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

  • 14 You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

  • 15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad.

  • 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.

  • 17 Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?

  • 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 replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.

  • 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.

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