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1:1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
Habakkuk’s Complaint2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,and you will not hear?Or cry to you “Violence!”and you will not save?
3 Why do you make me see iniquity,and why do you idly look at wrong?Destruction and violence are before me;strife and contention arise.
4 So the law is paralyzed,and justice never goes forth.For the wicked surround the righteous;so justice goes forth perverted.
The Lord’s Answer5 “Look among the nations, and see;wonder and be astounded.For I am doing a work in your daysthat you would not believe if told.
6 For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,that bitter and hasty nation,who march through the breadth of the earth,to seize dwellings not their own.
7 They are dreaded and fearsome;their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,more fierce than the evening wolves;their horsemen press proudly on.Their horsemen come from afar;they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9 They all come for violence,all their faces forward.They gather captives like sand.
10 At kings they scoff,and at rulers they laugh.They laugh at every fortress,for they pile up earth and take it.
11 Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint12 Are you not from everlasting,O Lord my God, my Holy One?We shall not die.O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment,and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
13 You who are of purer eyes than to see eviland cannot look at wrong,why do you idly look at traitorsand remain silent when the wicked swallows upthe man more righteous than he?
14 You make mankind like the fish of the sea,like crawling things that have no ruler.
15 He brings all of them up with a hook;he drags them out with his net;he gathers them in his dragnet;so he rejoices and is glad.
16 Therefore he sacrifices to his netand makes offerings to his dragnet;for by them he lives in luxury,and his food is rich.
17 Is he then to keep on emptying his netand mercilessly killing nations forever?
2:1 I will take my stand at my watchpostand station myself on the tower,and look out to see what he will say to me,and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith2 And the Lord answered me:“Write the vision;make it plain on tablets,so he may run who reads it.
3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;it hastens to the end—it will not lie.If it seems slow, wait for it;it will surely come; it will not delay.
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor,an arrogant man who is never at rest.His greed is as wide as Sheol;like death he has never enough.He gathers for himself all nationsand collects as his own all peoples.”
Woe to the Chaldeans6 Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,“Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—for how long?—and loads himself with pledges!”
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,and those awake who will make you tremble?Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,for the blood of man and violence to the earth,to cities and all who dwell in them.
9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,to set his nest on high,to be safe from the reach of harm!
10 You have devised shame for your houseby cutting off many peoples;you have forfeited your life.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12 “Woe to him who builds a town with bloodand founds a city on iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not from the Lord of hoststhat peoples labor merely for fire,and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filledwith the knowledge of the glory of the Lordas the waters cover the sea.
15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—you pour out your wrath and make them drunk,in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!The cup in the Lord’s right handwill come around to you,and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,for the blood of man and violence to the earth,to cities and all who dwell in them.
18 “What profit is an idolwhen its maker has shaped it,a metal image, a teacher of lies?For its maker trusts in his own creationwhen he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;to a silent stone, Arise!Can this teach?Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,and there is no breath at all in it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Habakkuk’s Prayer 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
2 O Lord, I have heard the report of you,and your work, O Lord, do I fear.In the midst of the years revive it;in the midst of the years make it known;in wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from Teman,and the Holy One from Mount Paran. SelahHis splendor covered the heavens,and the earth was full of his praise.
4 His brightness was like the light;rays flashed from his hand;and there he veiled his power.
5 Before him went pestilence,and plague followed at his heels.
6 He stood and measured the earth;he looked and shook the nations;then the eternal mountains were scattered;the everlasting hills sank low.His were the everlasting ways.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?Was your anger against the rivers,or your indignation against the sea,when you rode on your horses,on your chariot of salvation?
9 You stripped the sheath from your bow,calling for many arrows. SelahYou split the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw you and writhed;the raging waters swept on;the deep gave forth its voice;it lifted its hands on high.
11 The sun and moon stood still in their placeat the light of your arrows as they sped,at the flash of your glittering spear.
12 You marched through the earth in fury;you threshed the nations in anger.
13 You went out for the salvation of your people,for the salvation of your anointed.You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors,who came like a whirlwind to scatter me,rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,the surging of mighty waters.
16 I hear, and my body trembles;my lips quiver at the sound;rottenness enters into my bones;my legs tremble beneath me.Yet I will quietly wait for the day of troubleto come upon people who invade us.
Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,nor fruit be on the vines,the produce of the olive failand the fields yield no food,the flock be cut off from the foldand there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;he makes my feet like the deer’s;he makes me tread on my high places.To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
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18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;he breaks out against all sound judgment.
2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,but only in expressing his opinion.
3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,and with dishonor comes disgrace.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wickedor to deprive the righteous of justice.
6 A fool’s lips walk into a fight,and his mouth invites a beating.
7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin,and his lips are a snare to his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;they go down into the inner parts of the body.
9 Whoever is slack in his workis a brother to him who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
11 A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,and like a high wall in his imagination.
12 Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty,but humility comes before honor.
13 If one gives an answer before he hears,it is his folly and shame.
14 A man’s spirit will endure sickness,but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man’s gift makes room for himand brings him before the great.
17 The one who states his case first seems right,until the other comes and examines him.
18 The lot puts an end to quarrelsand decides between powerful contenders.
19 A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,and those who love it will eat its fruits.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thingand obtains favor from the Lord.
23 The poor use entreaties,but the rich answer roughly.
24 A man of many companions may come to ruin,but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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The Seven Angels with Seven Plagues 15:1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.
3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,“Great and amazing are your deeds,O Lord God the Almighty!Just and true are your ways,O King of the nations!
4 Who will not fear, O Lord,and glorify your name?For you alone are holy.All nations will comeand worship you,for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened,
6 and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests.
7 And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever,
8 and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.
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