Habakkuk 1:2–4

O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help

and you will not listen?

How long will I cry out to you, “Violence!”

and you will not save?

Why do you cause me to see evil

while you look at trouble?

Destruction and violence happen before me;

contention and strife arise.

Therefore the law is paralyzed,

and justice does not go forth perpetually.a

For the wicked surround the righteous;

therefore justice goes forth perverted.

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