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Habakkuk 1

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 1 The prophecy which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

 2 O LORD, how long shall I call for help and you will not hear? Or cry out to you: "Violence," and you will not save?

 3 Why do you show me iniquity, and cause me to look upon trouble? For destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises.

 4 Therefore the law is remiss and justice never goes forth, for the wicked surrounds the righteous; therefore justice is perverted.

 5 "Look at the heathen and see! Be utterly amazed! For I will work a work in your days which you will not believe even if you were told.

 6 For lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and impetuous nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land to possess the dwelling places that are not their's.

 7 They are terrible and dreadful; their judgment and their dignity proceeds from themselves.

 8 Their horses are swifter than leopards and more fierce than wolves at dusk; their horsemen charge headlong, they come from afar; they fly like the vulture that hastens to eat.

 9 They all come for violence; their faces advance like the east wind, and they gather captives like the sand.

 10 They scoff at kings, and rulers are scorned by them; they deride every stronghold, for they heap up earthen mounds and take them.

 11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on; and offend by making their own power their god."

 12 Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, you have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, you have established them to correct.

 13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil and cannot look on iniquity. Why then do you look upon those who deal treacherously, and hold your tongue when the wicked devours the man who is more righteous than he?

 14 Why do you make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things that have no ruler over them?

 15 They take all of them up with a hook, they catch them in their net and gather them in their dragnet; so they rejoice and are glad.

 16 Therefore they sacrifice to their net and burn incense to their dragnet, because from them they live in luxury, and their food is plenteous.

 17 Shall they therefore keep on emptying their net, and mercilessly continue to slay the nations?

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