Bible: Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk Complains to the Lord

1:1 The following is the message 1  which God revealed to Habakkuk the prophet: 2 

1:2 How long, Lord, must I cry for help?

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 

Indeed, 10  the wicked intimidate 11  the innocent. 12 

For this reason justice is perverted. 13 

The Lord Reveals Some Startling News

1:5Look 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,

that ruthless 19  and greedy 20  nation.

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

and more alert 23  than wolves in the desert. 24 

Their horses 25  gallop, 26 

their horses come a great distance;

like a vulture 27  they swoop down quickly to devour their prey. 28 

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

1:12 Lord, you have been active from ancient times; 35 

my sovereign God, 36  you are immortal. 37 

Lord, you have made them 38  your instrument of judgment. 39 

Protector, 40  you have appointed them as your instrument of punishment. 41 

1:13 You are too just 42  to tolerate 43  evil;

you are unable to condone 44  wrongdoing.

So why do you put up with such treacherous people? 45 

Why do you say nothing when the wicked devour 46  those more righteous than they are? 47 

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 

1:17 Will he then 57  continue to fill and empty his throw net? 58 

Will he always 59  destroy 60  nations and spare none? 61 

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