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Habakkuk 1 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Prophet Questions God’s Judgments
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:1 - The burden[fn] which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
The Prophet’s Question
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:2 - O LORD, how long shall I cry,
And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, “Violence!”
And You will not save.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:3 - Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:4 - Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
The LORD’s Reply
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:5 - “Look among the nations and watch—
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:6 - For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans,
A bitter and hasty nation
Which marches through the breadth of the earth,
To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:7 - They are terrible and dreadful;
Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:8 - Their horses also are swifter than leopards,
And more fierce than evening wolves.
Their chargers charge ahead;
Their cavalry comes from afar;
They fly as the eagle that hastens to eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:9 - “They all come for violence;
Their faces are set like the east wind.
They gather captives like sand.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:10 - They scoff at kings,
And princes are scorned by them.
They deride every stronghold,
For they heap up earthen mounds and seize it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:11 - Then his mind[fn] changes, and he transgresses;
He commits offense,
Ascribing this power to his god.”
The Prophet’s Second Question
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 appointed them for judgment;
O Rock, You have marked them for correction.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - You are of purer eyes than to behold evil,
And cannot look on wickedness.
Why do You look on those who deal treacherously,
And hold Your tongue when the wicked devours
A person more righteous than he?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:14 - Why do You make men like fish of the sea,
Like creeping things that have no ruler over them?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:15 - They take up all of them with a hook,
They catch them in their net,
And gather them in their dragnet.
Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:16 - Therefore they sacrifice to their net,
And burn incense to their dragnet;
Because by them their share is sumptuous
And their food plentiful.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 - Shall they therefore empty their net,
And continue to slay nations without pity?
NKJV Footnotes
Or oracle
Literally spirit or wind

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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