Bible: Hab 1-3
Habakkuk Complains to the Lord
1:2 How long,
But you do not listen!
I call out to you, “Violence!”
But you do not intervene! 3
1:3 Why do you force me to witness injustice? 4
Why do you put up with wrongdoing? 5
Destruction and violence confront 6 me;
conflict is present and one must endure strife. 7
1:4 For this reason the law lacks power, 8
and justice is never carried out. 9
For this reason justice is perverted. 13
The Lord Reveals Some Startling News
1:5 “Look at the nations and pay attention! 14
You will be shocked and amazed! 15
For I will do something in your lifetime 16
that you will not believe even though you are forewarned. 17
1:6 Look, I am about to empower 18 the Babylonians,
They sweep across the surface 21 of the earth,
seizing dwelling places that do not belong to them.
1:7 They are frightening and terrifying;
they decide for themselves what is right. 22
1:8 Their horses are faster than leopards
their horses come a great distance;
1:9 All of them intend 29 to do violence;
every face is determined. 30
They take prisoners as easily as one scoops up sand. 31
1:10 They mock kings
and laugh at rulers.
They laugh at every fortified city;
they build siege ramps 32 and capture them.
1:11 They sweep by like the wind and pass on. 33
But the one who considers himself a god will be held guilty.” 34
Habakkuk Voices Some Concerns
you are unable to condone 44 wrongdoing.
So why do you put up with such treacherous people? 45
1:14 You made people like fish in the sea,
like animals in the sea 48 that have no ruler.
1:15 The Babylonian tyrant 49 pulls them all up with a fishhook;
he hauls them in with his throw net. 50
When he catches 51 them in his dragnet,
he is very happy. 52
1:16 Because of his success 53 he offers sacrifices to his throw net
and burns incense to his dragnet; 54
for because of them he has plenty of food, 55
and more than enough to eat. 56
2:1 I will stand at my watch post;
I will remain stationed on the city wall. 62
I will keep watching, so I can see what he says to me
and can know 63 how I should answer
when he counters my argument. 64
The Lord Assures Habakkuk
“Write down this message! 66 Record it legibly on tablets,
2:3 For the message is a witness to what is decreed; 69
it gives reliable testimony about how matters will turn out. 70
for it will certainly come to pass – it will not arrive late.
2:4 Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, 73
2:5 Indeed, wine will betray the proud, restless man! 77
like death, he is never satisfied.
He gathers 80 all the nations;
he seizes 81 all peoples.
The Proud Babylonians are as Good as Dead
2:6 “But all these nations will someday taunt him 82
and ridicule him with proverbial sayings: 83
‘The one who accumulates what does not belong to him is as good as dead 84
(How long will this go on?) 85 –
he who gets rich by extortion!’ 86
2:7 Your creditors will suddenly attack; 87
those who terrify you will spring into action, 88
and they will rob you. 89
2:8 Because you robbed many countries, 90
all who are left among the nations 91 will rob you.
You have shed human blood
and committed violent acts against lands, cities, 92 and those who live in them.
2:9 The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead. 93
He does this so he can build his nest way up high
and escape the clutches of disaster. 94
2:10 Your schemes will bring shame to your house.
Because you destroyed many nations, you will self-destruct. 95
2:11 For the stones in the walls will cry out,
and the wooden rafters will answer back. 96
2:12 The one who builds a city by bloodshed is as good as dead 97 –
he who starts 98 a town by unjust deeds.
2:13 Be sure of this! The
The nations’ efforts will go up in smoke;
their exhausting work will be for nothing. 99
2:14 For recognition of the
just as the waters fill up the sea. 100
you who make others intoxicated by forcing them to drink from the bowl of your furious anger, 103
so you can look at their genitals. 104
Now it is your turn to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! 107
The cup of wine in the
and disgrace will replace your majestic glory!
2:17 For you will pay in full for your violent acts against Lebanon; 109
terrifying judgment will come upon you because of the way you destroyed the wild animals living there. 110
You have shed human blood
and committed violent acts against lands, cities, and those who live in them.
What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? 113
Why would its creator place his trust in it 114
and make 115 such mute, worthless things?
2:19 The one who says to wood, ‘Wake up!’ is as good as dead 116 –
he who says 117 to speechless stone, ‘Awake!’
Can it give reliable guidance? 118
It is overlaid with gold and silver;
it has no life’s breath inside it.
2:20 But the
The whole earth is speechless in his presence!” 120
Habakkuk’s Vision of the Divine Warrior
3:1 This is a prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: 121
in our time reveal them again. 127
But when you cause turmoil, remember to show us mercy! 128
His splendor covers the skies, 134
his glory 135 fills the earth.
3:4 He is as bright as lightning; 136
a two-pronged lightning bolt flashes from his hand. 137
This is the outward display of his power. 138
3:5 Plague goes before him;
with a mere look he frightens 143 the nations.
The ancient mountains disintegrate; 144
the primeval hills are flattened.
He travels on the ancient roads. 145
3:7 I see the tents of Cushan overwhelmed by trouble; 146
the tent curtains of the land of Midian are shaking. 147
3:8 Is the
Are you angry with the rivers?
Are you enraged at the sea? 148
your victorious chariots? 151
3:9 Your bow is ready for action; 152
you commission your arrows. 153 Selah.
You cause flash floods on the earth’s surface. 154
3:10 When the mountains see you, they shake.
The torrential downpour sweeps through. 155
The great deep 156 shouts out;
it lifts its hands high. 157
3:11 The sun and moon stand still in their courses; 158
the flash of your arrows drives them away, 159
the bright light of your lightning-quick spear. 160
3:12 You furiously stomp on the earth,
you angrily trample down the nations.
3:13 You march out to deliver your people,
to deliver your special servant. 161
You strike the leader of the wicked nation, 162
laying him open from the lower body to the neck. 163 Selah.
They storm forward to scatter us; 166
they shout with joy as if they were plundering the poor with no opposition. 167
3:15 But you trample on the sea with your horses,
on the surging, raging waters. 168
Habakkuk Declares His Confidence
3:16 I listened and my stomach churned; 169
the sound made my lips quiver.
My frame went limp, as if my bones were decaying, 170
and I shook as I tried to walk. 171
I long 172 for the day of distress
to come upon 173 the people who attack us.
3:17 When 174 the fig tree does not bud,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
when the olive trees do not produce, 175
and the fields yield no crops; 176
when the sheep disappear 177 from the pen,
and there are no cattle in the stalls,
3:18 I will rejoice because of 178 the
I will be happy because of the God who delivers me!
3:19 The sovereign
He gives me the agility of a deer; 180
he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 181
(This prayer is for the song leader. It is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.) 182