Habakkuk 1
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Habakkuk’s Complaint
(Psalm 13:1-6)

1This is the oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received in a vision:

2How long, O LORD, must I call for help

but You do not hear,

or cry out to You, “Violence!”

but You do not save?

3Why do You make me see iniquity?

Why do You tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me.

Strife is ongoing, and conflict abounds.

4Therefore the law is paralyzed,

and justice never goes forth.

For the wicked hem in the righteous;

therefore, justice is perverted.

The LORD’s Answer

5Look at the nations and observe—

be utterly astounded!

For I am doing a work in your days

that you would never believe

even if you were told.

6For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeansa

that ruthless and impetuous nation

that marches through the breadth of the earth

to seize dwelling places not their own.

7They are dreaded and feared;

from themselves they derive justice and sovereignty.

8Their horses are swifter than leopards,

fiercer than wolves of the night.

Their horsemen charge ahead,

and their cavalry comes from afar.

They fly like a vulture,

swooping down to devour.

9All of them come bent on violence;

their hordes advance like the east wind;

they gather prisoners like sand.

10They scoff at kings

and make rulers an object of scorn.

They laugh at every fortress

and build up siege ramps to seize it.

11Then they sweep by like the wind

and pass on through.

They are guilty;

their own strength is their god.

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
(Psalm 11:1-7)

12Are You not from everlasting,

O LORD, my God, my Holy One?

We will not die.

O LORD, You have appointed them

to execute judgment;

O Rock, You have established them

for correction.

13Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil,

and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.

So why do You tolerate the faithless?

Why are You silent

while the wicked swallow up

those more righteous than themselves?

14You have made men like the fish of the sea,

like sea creatures with no ruler.

15The foe brings all of themb up with a hook;

he catches them in his dragnet,

and gathers them in his fishing net;

so he rejoices gladly.

16Therefore he sacrifices to his dragnet

and burns incense to his fishing net,

for by these things his portion is sumptuous

and his food is rich.

17Will he, therefore, empty his net

and continue to slay nations without mercy?

Footnotes:

6 a That is, the Babylonians
15 b Literal He brings all of them

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