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Habakkuk 1 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The pronouncement that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

Habakkuk’s First Prayer
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How long, LORD, must I call for help

and you do not listen

or cry out to you about violence

and you do not save?

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Why do you force me to look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate[fn] wrongdoing?

Oppression and violence are right in front of me.

Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:4 -

This is why the law is ineffective

and justice never emerges.

For the wicked restrict the righteous;

therefore, justice comes out perverted.

God’s First Answer
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Look at the nations[fn] and observe —

be utterly astounded!

For I am doing something in your days

that you will not believe

when you hear about it.

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Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,[fn]

that bitter, impetuous nation

that marches across the earth’s open spaces

to seize territories not its own.

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They are fierce and terrifying;

their views of justice and sovereignty

stem from themselves.

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Their horses are swifter than leopards

and more fierce[fn] than wolves of the night.

Their horsemen charge ahead;

their horsemen come from distant lands.

They fly like eagles, swooping to devour.

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All of them come to do violence;

their faces are set in determination.[fn]

They gather prisoners like sand.

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They mock kings,

and rulers are a joke to them.

They laugh at every fortress

and build siege ramps to capture it.

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Then they sweep by like the wind

and pass through.

They are guilty;[fn] their strength is their god.

Habakkuk’s Second Prayer
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Are you not from eternity, LORD my God?

My Holy One, you[fn] will not die.

LORD, you appointed them to execute judgment;

my Rock, you destined them to punish us.

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Your eyes are too pure to look on evil,

and you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.

So why do you tolerate those who are treacherous?

Why are you silent

while one[fn] who is wicked swallows up

one[fn] who is more righteous than himself?

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:14 -

You have made mankind

like the fish of the sea,

like marine creatures that have no ruler.

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The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook,

catch them in their dragnet,

and gather them in their fishing net;

that is why they are glad and rejoice.

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That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet

and burn incense to their fishing net,

for by these things their portion is rich

and their food plentiful.

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Will they therefore empty their net

and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

CSB Footnotes
Lit observe, also in v. 13
DSS, LXX, Syr read Look, you treacherous people
= the Babylonians
Or and quicker
Hb obscure
Or wind, and transgress and incur guilt
Alt Hb tradition reads we
= Babylon
= Judah

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