Bible: Habakkuk 1
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