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Habakkuk 1:2–4

The Prophet’s Question

2 O Lord, how long shall I cry,

aAnd You will not hear?

Even cry out to You, b“Violence!”

And You will cnot save.

3 Why do You show me iniquity,

And cause me to see 2trouble?

For plundering and violence are before me;

There is strife, and contention arises.

4 Therefore the law is powerless,

And justice never goes forth.

For the dwicked surround the righteous;

Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.

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