1 aThe oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2 O Lord, bhow long shall I cry for help,
Or cry to you c“Violence!”
3 dWhy do you make me see iniquity,
Destruction cand violence are before me;
4 eSo the law is paralyzed,
fFor the wicked surround the righteous;
5 g“Look among the nations, and see;
hFor I am doing a work in your days
6 For behold, iI am raising up the Chaldeans,
jwho march through the breadth of the earth,
kto seize dwellings not their own.
ltheir justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
8 mTheir horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than nthe evening wolves;
othey fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9 They all come pfor violence,
They gather captives rlike sand.
sThey laugh at every fortress,
for tthey pile up earth and take it.
12 Are you not wfrom everlasting,
xWe shall not die.
O Lord, yyou have ordained them as a judgment,
and you, O zRock, have established them for reproof.
13 You who are aof purer eyes than to see evil
bwhy do you idly look at traitors
and cremain silent when the wicked swallows up
16 fTherefore he sacrifices to his net
for by them he lives in luxury,2
gand mercilessly killing nations forever?