Bible: Habakkuk 1:5-11

The Lord Reveals Some Startling News

1:5Look at the nations and pay attention! 1 

You will be shocked and amazed! 2 

For I will do something in your lifetime 3 

that you will not believe even though you are forewarned. 4 

1:6 Look, I am about to empower 5  the Babylonians,

that ruthless 6  and greedy 7  nation.

They sweep across the surface 8  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. 9 

1:8 Their horses are faster than leopards

and more alert 10  than wolves in the desert. 11 

Their horses 12  gallop, 13 

their horses come a great distance;

like a vulture 14  they swoop down quickly to devour their prey. 15 

1:9 All of them intend 16  to do violence;

every face is determined. 17 

They take prisoners as easily as one scoops up sand. 18 

1:10 They mock kings

and laugh at rulers.

They laugh at every fortified city;

they build siege ramps 19  and capture them.

1:11 They sweep by like the wind and pass on. 20 

But the one who considers himself a god will be held guilty.” 21 

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