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?
2 I will htake my stand at my watchpost
k“Write the vision;
3 For still lthe vision awaits its appointed time;
If it seems slow, mwait for it;
nit will surely come; it will not delay.
an arrogant man who is never at rest.5
like death qhe has never enough.
rHe gathers for himself all nations
6 Shall not all these stake up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,
for vhow long?—
and wloads himself with pledges!”
7 xWill not your debtors suddenly arise,
8 yBecause you have plundered many nations,
9 t“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
cby cutting off many peoples;
11 For dthe stone will cry out from the wall,
that fpeoples labor merely for fire,
14 gFor the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of hthe glory of the Lord
in order to gaze jat their nakedness!
16 You will have your fill kof shame instead of glory.
lDrink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
lThe cup in the Lord's right hand
and mutter shame will come upon your glory!
nfor the blood of man and violence to the earth,
18 p“What profit is an idol
a metal image, qa teacher of lies?
when he makes rspeechless idols!
and uthere is no breath at all in it.
20 But vthe Lord is in his holy temple;
wlet all the earth keep silence before him.”
2 O Lord, xI have heard the report of you,
and yyour work, O Lord, do I fear.
In the midst of the years zrevive it;
ain wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from bTeman,
cand the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
4 dHis brightness was like the light;
5 eBefore him went pestilence,
6 He stood gand measured the earth;
His were jthe everlasting ways.
7 I saw the tents of kCushan in affliction;
lthe curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8 mWas your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?
mor your indignation against the sea,
nwhen you rode on your horses,
non your chariot of salvation?
calling for many arrows.7 Selah
pYou split the earth with rivers.
10 qThe mountains saw you and writhed;
rthe deep gave forth its voice;
sit lifted its hands on high.
11 tThe sun and moon stood still in their place
uat the light of your arrows as they sped,
12 vYou marched through the earth in fury;
wyou threshed the nations in anger.
13 vYou went out for the salvation of your people,
for the salvation of xyour anointed.
yYou crushed the head of the house of the wicked,
laying him bare from thigh to neck.8 Selah
15 zYou trampled the sea with your horses,
crottenness enters into my bones;
Yet dI will quietly wait for the day of trouble
18 eyet I will rejoice in the Lord;
fI will take joy in the God of my salvation.
ghe makes my feet like the deer's;