1: The oracle of God which Habak'kuk the prophet
2: O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not
hear? Or cry to thee "Violence!" and thou wilt not save?
3: Why dost
thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are
before me; strife and contention arise.
4: So the law is slacked and
justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice goes
5: Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be
astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if
6: For lo, I am rousing the Chalde'ans, that bitter and hasty
nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize habitations not
7: Dread and terrible are they; their justice and dignity
proceed from themselves.
8: Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Yea, their
horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
They all come for violence; terror of them goes before them. They gather
captives like sand.
10: At kings they scoff, and of rulers they make
sport. They laugh at every fortress, for they heap up earth and take it.
11: Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own
might is their god!
12: Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God,
my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them as a judgment;
and thou, O Rock, hast established them for chastisement.
who art of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on wrong, why dost
thou look on faithless men, and art silent when the wicked swallows up the man
more righteous than he?
14: For thou makest men 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
seine; so he rejoices and exults.
16: Therefore he sacrifices to his
net and burns incense to his seine; for by them he lives in luxury, and his food
17: Is he then to keep on emptying his net, and mercilessly
slaying nations for ever?
1: I will take my stand to watch, and station
myself on the tower, and look forth to see what he will say to me, and what I
will answer concerning my complaint.
2: And the LORD answered me:
"Write the vision; make it plain upon tablets, so he may run who reads it.
3: For still the vision awaits its time; it hastens to the end -- it
will not lie. If it seem slow, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not
4: Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but
the righteous shall live by his faith.
5: Moreover, wine is
treacherous; the arrogant man shall not abide. His greed is as wide as Sheol;
like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations, and collects
as his own all peoples."
6: Shall not all these take up their taunt
against him, in scoffing derision of 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 booty for them.
8: Because you
have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of men and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell
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 to your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life.
11: For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the
12: Woe to him who builds a town with blood, and
founds a city on iniquity!
13: Behold, is it not from the LORD of
hosts that peoples labor only for fire, and nations weary themselves for nought?
14: For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of
the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
15: Woe to him who makes his
neighbors drink of the cup of his wrath, and makes them drunk, to gaze on their
16: You will be sated with contempt instead of glory. Drink,
yourself, and stagger! The cup in the LORD's right hand will come around to you,
and shame will come upon your glory!
17: The violence done to Lebanon
will overwhelm you; the destruction of the beasts will terrify you, for the
blood of men and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell therein.
18: What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal
image, a teacher of lies? For the workman trusts in his own creation when he
makes dumb idols!
19: Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a dumb stone, Arise! Can this give revelation? 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.
1: A prayer of Habak'kuk the prophet, according to
2: O LORD, I have heard the report of thee, and thy
work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years renew 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. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth
was full of his praise. Selah
4: His brightness was like the light,
rays flashed from his hand; and there he veiled his power.
him went pestilence, and plague followed close behind.
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 ways were as of
7: I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of the
land of Mid'ian did tremble.
8: Was thy wrath against the rivers, O
LORD? Was thy anger against the rivers, or thy indignation against the sea, when
thou didst ride upon thy horses, upon thy chariot of victory?
didst strip the sheath from thy bow, and put the arrows to the string. Selah
Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
10: The mountains saw thee,
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
habitation at the light of thine arrows as they sped, at the flash of thy
12: Thou didst bestride the earth in fury, thou
didst trample the nations in anger.
13: Thou wentest forth for the
salvation of thy people, for the salvation of thy anointed. Thou didst crush the
head of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
Thou didst pierce with thy shafts the head of his warriors, who came like a
whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15: Thou didst trample the sea with thy horses, the surging of mighty
16: I hear, and my body trembles, my lips quiver at the
sound; rottenness enters into my bones, my steps totter beneath me. I will
quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.
17: Though the fig tree do not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off
from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
18: yet I will
rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like hinds' feet, he makes me tread
upon my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.