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1The burden which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2O LORD, how long shall I cry and you will
not hear! even cry out to you of violence and you will not save! 3Why do you show me iniquity and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me and there are those
who raise up strife and contention. 4Therefore the law is slacked and judgment never goes forth, for the wicked surrounds the righteous, therefore wrong judgment proceeds.
5Behold among the heathen and regard and wonder marvelously for I will work a work in
your days, which you will not believe, though it is told to you.
6For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans,
a bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land to possess the
dwelling places that are not theirs. 7They are terrible and dreadful, their judgment and their
dignity shall go before themselves. 8Their horses also are swifter than leopards and are
more fierce than the evening wolves and their horsemen shall spread themselves and their
horsemen shall come from far. They shall fly as the eagle who hurries to eat. 9They shall all
come for violence, their faces shall snuff up the east wind and they shall gather the captivity as
the sand. 10And they shall scoff at the kings and the princes shall be a scorn to them. They shall deride every strong hold for they shall heap up dust and take it. 11Then shall his mind change and he shall pass over and offend, imputing this his power to his god.
12Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, you have ordained them for judgment and, O mighty God, you have established them for
correction. 13If You are of purer eyes than to behold evil and can not look on iniquity,(see Isa 45:7) why then do you look on those who deal treacherously and hold your tongue when the wicked devours the man who is more righteous than he is? 14And makes men as the fish of the sea, as the creeping things that have no ruler over them? 15All of them take up with the angle, they catch them in their net and gather them in their drag. Therefore they rejoice and are glad. 16Therefore they sacrifice to their net and burn incense to their drag, because their portion is made fat and their food plenteous by them. 17Shall they therefore empty their net and not spare continually to kill the nations?
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1I will stand on my watch and set me on the tower and will watch to see what he will say to
me and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2And the LORD answered me and said,
Write the vision and make it plain on tables so that he may run who reads it. 3For the vision is
yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie, though it tarries, wait for it,
because it will surely come, it will not tarry long. 4Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him but the just shall live by his faith.
5Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as hades and is as death and cannot be satisfied, but gathers to him all nations and heaps all people to him. 6Shall not all these take up a parable against him and a taunting proverb against him and say, Woe to him who increases that which is not his! and to him who lades himself with thick clay! How long? 7Shall they not rise up suddenly who shall bite you and awaken who shall vex you and you shall be for loot to them? 8Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil you because of men's blood and
for the violence of the land and of the city and of all who dwell in it. 9Woe to him who covets an evil covetousness to his house so that he may set his nest on high so that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 10You have consulted shame to your house by cutting off many people and have sinned against your soul. 11For the stone shall cry out of the wall and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12Woe to him who builds a town with blood and establishes a city by iniquity! 13Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
15Woe to him who gives his neighbor drink, who puts your bottle to him and makes him drunk also so that you may look on their nakedness! 16You are filled with shame for glory, drink also and let your foreskin be uncovered. The cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned
to you and shameful spewing shall be on your glory. 17For the violence of Lebanon shall cover you and the spoil of animals, which made them afraid, because of men's blood and for the violence of the land and of the city and of all that dwell in it. 18What does it profit to make dumb idols, the graven image that its maker has graven it and the molten image and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts in it? 19Woe to him that says to the wood, Awake, to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 20But the LORD is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him.
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1A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet on Shigionoth. 2O LORD, I have heard your speech and
was afraid. O LORD, revive your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make
known, in wrath remember mercy.
3God came from Teman and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the
heavens and the earth was full of his praise. 4And his brightness was as light shining out of his hand and there was the hiding of his power. 5Before him went disease and burning coals went forth at his feet. 6He stood and measured the earth, he beheld and drove the nations apart and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills bowed, his ways are everlasting. 7I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction and the curtains of the land of Midian trembled. 8Was the LORD displeased with the rivers? Was your anger against the
rivers? Was your wrath against the sea, that you rode on your horses and your chariots of salvation? 9Your bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even your
word. Selah. You split the earth with rivers. 10The mountains saw you and they trembled, the
overflowing of the water passed by. The deep uttered his voice and lifted up his hands on high.
11The sun and moon stood still in their habitation, they went at the light of your arrows and the shining of your glittering spear. 12You marched through the land in indignation, you threshed the gentiles in anger. 13You went forth for the salvation of your people, even for salvation with
your anointed, you wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by uncovering the
foundation to the neck. Selah. 14You struck through the head of his villages with his staves, they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me. Their rejoicing was in devouring the poor secretly. 15You walked through the sea with your horses, through the heap of great waters.
16When I heard, my belly trembled, my lips quivered at the voice, rottenness entered into my bones and I trembled in myself so that I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the
people, he will invade them with his troops. 17If the fig tree does not blossom, nor
fruit be in the vines. Or the labor of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls. 18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19The LORD God is my strength and he will
make my feet like hinds' feet and he will make me to walk on my high places. To the chief
singer on my stringed instruments.
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