2 aHow long, O Lord, will I call for help,
And You will not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do bnot save.
3 Why do You make me asee iniquity,
And cause me to look on wickedness?
Yes, bdestruction and violence are before me;
cStrife exists and contention arises.
And justice 2is never upheld.
For the wicked bsurround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out cperverted.
5 “aLook among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! bWonder!
Because I am doing csomething in your days—
You would not believe if 1you were told.
6 “For behold, I am araising up the Chaldeans,
That 1fierce and impetuous people
Who march 2throughout the earth
7 “They are dreaded and afeared;
8 “Their ahorses are swifter than leopards
Their 2horsemen come galloping,
Their horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an ceagle swooping down to devour.
They collect captives like sand.
10 “They amock at kings
And rulers are a laughing matter to them.
They blaugh at every fortress
And cheap up rubble to capture it.
11 “Then they will sweep through like the awind and pass on.
But they will be held bguilty,
They whose cstrength is their god.”
12 Are You not from aeverlasting,
O Lord, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, O Lord, have bappointed them to judge;
And You, O cRock, have established them to correct.
And You can not look on wickedness with favor.
Why do You blook with favor
On those who deal ctreacherously?
Those more righteous than they?
Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
15 The Chaldeans abring all of them up with a hook,
bDrag them away with their net,
And gather them together in their fishing net.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
and 1burn incense to their fishing net;
And their food is 4plentiful.
17 Will they therefore empty their anet
And continually bslay nations without sparing?
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