The aoracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.
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.
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.
Therefore the alaw is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked bsurround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out cperverted.
"aLook among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! bWonder! Because I am doing csomething in your days-- You would not believe if you were told.
"For behold, I am araising up the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth To bseize dwelling places which are not theirs.
"They are dreaded and afeared; Their bjustice and authority originate with themselves.
"Their ahorses are swifter than leopards And keener than bwolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an ceagle swooping down to devour.
"All of them come for violence. Their horde of afaces moves forward. They collect captives like sand.
"They amock at kings And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They blaugh at every fortress And cheap up rubble to capture it.
"Then they will sweep through like the awind and pass on. But they will be held bguilty, They whose cstrength is their god."
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.
Your eyes are too apure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You blook with favor On those who deal ctreacherously? Why are You dsilent when the wicked eswallow up Those more righteous than they?
Why have You made men like the fish of the sea, Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
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.
Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net And burn incense to their fishing net; Because through athese things their catch is large, And their food is plentiful.
Will they therefore empty their anet And continually bslay nations without sparing?