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Habakkuk 2

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 1 I will stand my watch and station myself on the rampart, and will watch to see what He will say within me and what I will answer when I am reproved.

 2 And the LORD answered me and said, "Write the revelation and make it plain upon tablets, so that anyone who passes by may read it.

 3 For the revelation is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and not lie. Though it is in the future, wait for it because it will surely come, it will not delay.

 4 Behold the proud, his soul is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by faith.

 5 Indeed, wealth betrays him; he is a proud man and cannot stay at home. His desire is like hell, and like death it cannot be satisfied; he gathers all nations and captures all peoples to himself.

 6 Will not all of these take up a taunt and a ridicule against him and say, 'Woe to him who increases what is not his, and makes himself rich with usury! How long will this go on?

 7 Will not your debtors rise up suddenly, who will awaken and vex you so that you tremble? Then you will be booty for them.'

 8 Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the people shall plunder you, because of men's blood and for the violence to the land, to the city and to all who dwell in it.

 9 Woe to him who gets an evil gain for his house, so that he may set his nest on high that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

 10 You have brought shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your soul.

 11 For the stone will cry out of the wall, and the beam from the timber will agree with it.

 12 Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, and establishes a city by iniquity!

 13 Behold, has the LORD of hosts not determined that people's labor only satisfies the fire [that will not last], and weary themselves in vain?

 14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.1

 15 Woe to you who give your neighbor drink, who press your bottle on him to make him drunk, so that you may look on his nakedness!

 16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now you drink and be uncovered, like an uncircumcised heathen. The cup of the LORD's right hand will be turned to you, and disgrace will be on your glory.

 17 For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you; and the destruction of beasts will make you afraid, because of men's blood and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all who dwell in it.

 18 What profit is the graven image when its maker has carved it? It is only a molten image and a teacher of lies. For its maker trusts in his own work, in an idol that cannot speak.

 19 Woe to him who says to the wood, 'Awake!' and to the dumb stone, 'Arise and teach!' Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver and there is no breath in it at all.

 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.2"

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1 The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Perhaps this speaks of a time in the future, after all the sinners are destroyed from the earth, and the Lord rules the earth through his saints; when no more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. Jer 31:34.

2 Until we are cleansed enough for God's Spirit to control our words and thoughts, even our prayers are an abomination to God. So be silent before the Lord. Listen and watch in silence; wait for the Lord to speak. Don't babble on thinking to be heard with many words. The Lord knows your thoughts before you can form words to express them. Be still and know that I am God. Psa 46:10. The thoughts of the wicked are shamefully vile and exceedingly offensive to the Lord, but the words of the pure are pleasing words to Him. Pro 15:26. Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business and painful effort, and a fool's voice with many words. Ecc 5:2-3. Be silent, oh all flesh before the Lord. Zech 2:13


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