Habakkuk 2:9
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New International Version
"Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin!

New Living Translation
"What sorrow awaits you who build big houses with money gained dishonestly! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your family's nest beyond the reach of danger.

English Standard Version
“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!

New American Standard Bible
"Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity!

King James Bible
Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Woe to him who dishonestly makes wealth for his house to place his nest on high, to escape from the reach of disaster!

International Standard Version
"Woe to the one who amasses profit upon unjust profit in order to establish his household, so he can establish a secure place on the heights and escape from the power of evil.

NET Bible
The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead. He does this so he can build his nest way up high and escape the clutches of disaster.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'How horrible it will be for the one who uses violence to get things for his own household in order to set his nest up high and save himself from disaster.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
Woe to him that gaineth evil gains for his house, That he may set his nest on high, That he may be delivered from the power of evil!

New American Standard 1977
“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house
            To put his nest on high
            To be delivered from the hand of calamity!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe to him that covets ill-gotten gain by violence for his house that he may set his nest on high, that he may escape from the power of evil!

King James 2000 Bible
Woe to him that covets an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of ruin!

American King James Version
Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

American Standard Version
Woe to him that getteth an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to him that gathereth together an evil covetousness to his house, that his nest may be on high, and thinketh he may be delivered out of the hand of evil.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe to him that getteth iniquitous gain to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the grasp of evil!

English Revised Version
Woe to him that getteth an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil!

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

World English Bible
Woe to him who gets an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil!

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to him who is gaining evil gain for his house, To set on high his nest, To be delivered from the hand of evil,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:5-14 The prophet reads the doom of all proud and oppressive powers that bear hard upon God's people. The lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, are the entangling snares of men; and we find him that led Israel captive, himself led captive by each of these. No more of what we have is to be reckoned ours, than what we come honestly by. Riches are but clay, thick clay; what are gold and silver but white and yellow earth? Those who travel through thick clay, are hindered and dirtied in their journey; so are those who go through the world in the midst of abundance of wealth. And what fools are those that burden themselves with continual care about it; with a great deal of guilt in getting, saving, and spending it, and with a heavy account which they must give another day! They overload themselves with this thick clay, and so sink themselves down into destruction and perdition. See what will be the end hereof; what is gotten by violence from others, others shall take away by violence. Covetousness brings disquiet and uneasiness into a family; he that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; what is worse, it brings the curse of God upon all the affairs of it. There is a lawful gain, which, by the blessing of God, may be a comfort to a house; but what is got by fraud and injustice, will bring poverty and ruin upon a family. Yet that is not the worst; Thou hast sinned against thine own soul, hast endangered it. Those who wrong their neighbours, do much greater wrong to their own souls. If the sinner thinks he has managed his frauds and violence with art and contrivance, the riches and possessions he heaped together will witness against him. There are not greater drudges in the world than those who are slaves to mere wordly pursuits. And what comes of it? They find themselves disappointed of it, and disappointed in it; they will own it is worse than vanity, it is vexation of spirit. By staining and sinking earthly glory, God manifests and magnifies his own glory, and fills the earth with the knowledge of it, as plentifully as waters cover the sea, which are deep, and spread far and wide.
Study Bible
Woe to the Chaldeans
8"Because you have looted many nations, All the remainder of the peoples will loot you-- Because of human bloodshed and violence done to the land, To the town and all its inhabitants. 9"Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house To put his nest on high, To be delivered from the hand of calamity! 10"You have devised a shameful thing for your house By cutting off many peoples; So you are sinning against yourself.…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:8
Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field, Until there is no more room, So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!

Jeremiah 22:13
"Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness And his upper rooms without justice, Who uses his neighbor's services without pay And does not give him his wages,

Jeremiah 49:16
"As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle's, I will bring you down from there," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 51:13
O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your end.

Ezekiel 22:27
"Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.

Obadiah 1:4
"Though you build high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

that coveteth an evil covetousness. or, that gaineth an evil gain.

Genesis 13:10-13 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that …

Genesis 19:26-38 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt…

Deuteronomy 7:25,26 The graven images of their gods shall you burn with fire: you shall …

Joshua 7:21-26 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two …

1 Kings 21:2-4,19-24 And Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, Give me your vineyard, that I may …

2 Kings 5:20-27 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

Job 20:19-28 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has …

Jeremiah 22:13-19 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Zechariah 5:1-4 Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll…

Acts 1:17-25 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry…

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

set.

Psalm 10:3-6 For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire, and blesses the covetous, …

Psalm 49:11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, …

Psalm 52:7 See, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted …

Proverbs 18:11,12 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in …

Isaiah 28:15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with …

Isaiah 47:7-9 And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: so that you did not lay …

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, …

Obadiah 1:4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest …

power of evil. Heb. palm of the hand.

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