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Habakkuk 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:1 - The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:2 - How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:3 - Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:4 - Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:5 - “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:6 - I am raising up the Babylonians,[fn] that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:7 - They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:8 - Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk. Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:9 - they all come intent on violence. Their hordes[fn] advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:10 - They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:11 - Then they sweep past like the wind and go on— guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:12 - LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you[fn] will never die. You, LORD, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:14 - You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:15 - The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:16 - Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.

Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 - Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?
NIV Footnotes
Or Chaldeans
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text we
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