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Habakkuk 1 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:1 - The pronouncement which Habakkuk the prophet saw:
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:2 - How long, LORD, have I called for help,
And You do not hear?
I cry out to You, “Violence!”
Yet You do not save.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:3 - Why do You make me see disaster,
And make me look at destitution?
Yes, devastation and violence are before me;
Strife exists and contention arises.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:4 - Therefore the Law [fn]is ignored,
And justice [fn]is never upheld.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out confused.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:5 - “Look among the nations! Watch!
Be horrified! Be frightened speechless!
For I am accomplishing a work in your days
You would not believe it even if [fn]you were told!
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:6 - “For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
That [fn]grim and impetuous people
Who march [fn]throughout the earth,
To take possession of dwelling places that are not theirs.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:7 - “They are terrifying and feared;
Their justice and [fn]authority [fn]originate with themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:8 - “Their horses are faster than leopards,
And quicker than wolves in the evening.
Their [fn]horsemen charge along,
Their [fn]horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an eagle [fn]swooping down to devour.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:9 - “All of them come for violence.
[fn]Their horde of faces moves forward.
They gather captives like sand.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:10 - “They make fun of kings,
And dignitaries are an object of laughter to them.
They laugh at every fortress,
Then heap up dirt and [fn]capture it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:11 - “Then they fly along like the wind and pass on.
But they will be held guilty,
They whose strength is their god.”
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:12 - Are You not from time everlasting,
LORD, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, LORD, have appointed them to deliver judgment;
And You, O Rock, have destined them to punish.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - Your eyes are too pure to look at evil,
And You cannot look at harm favorably.
Why do You look favorably
At those who deal treacherously?
Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up
Those more righteous than they?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:14 - Why have You made people like the fish of the sea,
Like crawling things that have no ruler over them?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:15 - The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook,
Drag them away with their net,
And gather them together in their fishing net.
Therefore they rejoice and are joyful.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:16 - Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net
And [fn]burn incense to their fishing net,
Because through these things their [fn]catch is [fn]large,
And their food is [fn]plentiful.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 - Will they therefore empty their net,
And continually slay nations without sparing?
NASB20 Footnotes
Or is ineffective; lit turns cold
Lit never goes forth
Lit it
Lit bitter
Lit the breadth of
Lit sovereignty
Lit proceed from
Or horses
Or horses
Lit hurrying to
Lit The totality of
Or overthrow
Or sacrifice
Lit portion
Lit fat; or plentiful
Lit fat

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