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Book 35 Habakkuk 001:001 The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 001:002 Yahweh, how long will I cry, and you will not hear? I cry out to you "Violence!" and will you not save? 001:003 Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up. 001:004 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted. 001:005 "Look among the nations, watch, and wonder marvelously; for I am working a work in your days, which you will not believe though it is told you. 001:006 For, behold, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, that march through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs. 001:007 They are feared and dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. 001:008 Their horses also are swifter than leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves. Their horsemen press proudly on. Yes, their horsemen come from afar. They fly as an eagle that hurries to devour. 001:009 All of them come for violence. Their hordes face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand. 001:010 Yes, he scoffs at kings, and princes are a derision to him. He laughs at every stronghold, for he builds up an earthen ramp, and takes it. 001:011 Then he sweeps by like the wind, and goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is his god." 001:012 Aren't you from everlasting, Yahweh my God, my Holy One? We will not die. Yahweh, you have appointed him for judgment. You, Rock, have established him to punish. 001:013 You who have purer eyes than to see evil, and who cannot look on perversity, why do you tolerate those who deal treacherously, and keep silent when the wicked swallows up the man who is more righteous than he, 001:014 and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 001:015 He takes up all of them with the hook. He catches them in his net, and gathers them in his dragnet. Therefore he rejoices and is glad. 001:016 Therefore he sacrifices to his net, and burns incense to his dragnet, because by them his life is luxurious, and his food is good. 001:017 Will he therefore continually empty his net, and kill the nations without mercy? 002:001 I will stand at my watch, and set myself on the ramparts, and will look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint. 002:002 Yahweh answered me, "Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 002:003 For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay. 002:004 Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright in him, but the righteous will live by his faith. 002:005 Yes, moreover, wine is treacherous. A haughty man who doesn't stay at home, who enlarges his desire as Sheol, and he is like death, and can't be satisfied, but gathers to himself all nations, and heaps to himself all peoples. 002:006 Won't 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 who enriches himself by extortion! How long?' 002:007 Won't your debtors rise up suddenly, and wake up those who make you tremble, and you will be their victim? 002:008 Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples will plunder you, because of men's blood, and for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all who dwell in it... Continue reading book >>


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