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Habakkuk 2 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Habakkuk Waits for God’s Response
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I will stand at my guard post

and station myself on the lookout tower.

I will watch to see what he will say to me

and what I should[fn] reply about my complaint.

God’s Second Answer
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The LORD answered me:

Write down this vision;

clearly inscribe it on tablets

so one may easily read it.[fn]

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For the vision is yet for the appointed time;

it testifies about the end and will not lie.

Though it delays, wait for it,

since it will certainly come and not be late.

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Look, his ego is inflated;[fn]

he is without integrity.

But the righteous one will live by his faith.[fn]

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Moreover, wine[fn] betrays;

an arrogant man is never at rest.[fn]

He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,

and like Death he is never satisfied.

He gathers all the nations to himself;

he collects all the peoples for himself.

The Five Woe Oracles
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Won’t all of these take up a taunt against him,

with mockery and riddles about him?

They will say,

“Woe to him who amasses what is not his —

how much longer? —

and loads himself with goods taken in pledge.”

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Won’t your creditors suddenly arise,

and those who disturb you wake up?

Then you will become spoil for them.

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Since you have plundered many nations,

all the peoples who remain will plunder you —

because of human bloodshed

and violence against lands, cities,

and all who live in them.

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Woe to him who dishonestly makes

wealth for his house[fn]

to place his nest on high,

to escape the grasp of disaster!

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You have planned shame for your house

by wiping out many peoples

and sinning against your own self.

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For the stones will cry out from the wall,

and the rafters will answer them

from the woodwork.

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Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed

and founds a town with injustice!

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Is it not from the LORD of Armies

that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire

and countries exhaust themselves for nothing?

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For the earth will be filled

with the knowledge of the LORD’s glory,

as the water covers the sea.

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Woe to him who gives his neighbors drink,

pouring out your wrath[fn]

and even making them drunk,

in order to look at their nakedness!

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You will be filled with disgrace instead of glory.

You also ​— ​drink,

and expose your uncircumcision![fn]

The cup in the LORD’s right hand

will come around to you,

and utter disgrace will cover your glory.

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For your violence against Lebanon

will overwhelm you;

the destruction of animals will terrify you[fn]

because of your human bloodshed and violence

against lands, cities, and all who live in them.

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What use is a carved idol

after its craftsman carves it?

It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies.

For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it

and makes worthless idols that cannot speak.

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Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up!

or to mute stone: Come alive!

Can it teach?

Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,

yet there is no breath in it at all.

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But the LORD is in his holy temple;

let the whole earth

be silent in his presence.

CSB Footnotes
Syr reads what he will
Lit one who reads in it may run
Hb obscure
Or faithfulness
DSS read wealth
Or man does not endure ; Hb obscure
Or dynasty
Or venom
DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Vg read and stagger
DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads them

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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