1 The prophecya that Habakkuk the prophet received.
2 How long,b Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?c
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?d
Destruction and violenceg are before me;
there is strife,h and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the lawi is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.l
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.m
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole eartho
to seize dwellings not their own.p
7 They are a feared and dreaded people;q
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor.
8 Their horses are swifterr than leopards,
fiercer than wolvess at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;
Their hordesb advance like a desert wind
and gather prisonerst like sand.
and scoff at rulers.u
They laugh at all fortified cities;
by building earthen rampsv they capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the windw and go on—
guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”x
12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?y
You, Lord, have appointedb them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock,c have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pured to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.e
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?h
like the sea creatures that have no ruler.
he catches them in his net,k
he gathers them up in his dragnet;
and so he rejoices and is glad.
and burns incensel to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury
and enjoys the choicest food.
destroying nations without mercy?m
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