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Habakkuk 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:1 - The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:2 - O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:3 - Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:4 - So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:5 - “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 told.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:6 - For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:7 - They are dreaded and fearsome;
their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:8 - Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:9 - They all come for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives like sand.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:10 - At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they pile up earth and take it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:11 - Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
guilty men, whose own might is their god!”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:12 - Are you not from everlasting,
O LORD my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment,
and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - You who are of purer eyes than to see evil
and cannot look at wrong,
why do you idly look at traitors
and remain silent when the wicked swallows up
the man more righteous than he?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:14 - You make mankind like the fish of the sea,
like crawling things that have no ruler.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:15 - He[fn] brings all of them up with a hook;
he drags them out with his net;
he gathers them in his dragnet;
so he rejoices and is glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:16 - Therefore he sacrifices to his net
and makes offerings to his dragnet;
for by them he lives in luxury,[fn]
and his food is rich.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 - Is he then to keep on emptying his net
and mercilessly killing nations forever?
ESV Footnotes
That is, the wicked foe
Hebrew his portion is fat

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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