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Habakkuk 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:1 - This is the message that the prophet Habakkuk received in a vision.
Habakkuk’s Complaint
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:2 - How long, O LORD, must I call for help?
But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
but you do not come to save.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:3 - Must I forever see these evil deeds?
Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
who love to argue and fight.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:4 - The law has become paralyzed,
and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
so that justice has become perverted.
The LORD’s Reply
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:5 - The LORD replied,
“Look around at the nations;
look and be amazed![fn]
For I am doing something in your own day,
something you wouldn’t believe
even if someone told you about it.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:6 - I am raising up the Babylonians,[fn]
a cruel and violent people.
They will march across the world
and conquer other lands.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:7 - They are notorious for their cruelty
and do whatever they like.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:8 - Their horses are swifter than cheetahs[fn]
and fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their charioteers charge from far away.
Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:9 - “On they come, all bent on violence.
Their hordes advance like a desert wind,
sweeping captives ahead of them like sand.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:10 - They scoff at kings and princes
and scorn all their fortresses.
They simply pile ramps of earth
against their walls and capture them!
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:11 - They sweep past like the wind
and are gone.
But they are deeply guilty,
for their own strength is their god.”
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:12 - O LORD my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal—
surely you do not plan to wipe us out?
O LORD, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us,
to punish us for our many sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:13 - But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil.
Will you wink at their treachery?
Should you be silent while the wicked
swallow up people more righteous than they?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:14 - Are we only fish to be caught and killed?
Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:15 - Must we be strung up on their hooks
and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate?
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:16 - Then they will worship their nets
and burn incense in front of them.
“These nets are the gods who have made us rich!”
they will claim.
Unchecked Copy BoxHab 1:17 - Will you let them get away with this forever?
Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?
NLT Footnotes
Greek version reads Look, you mockers; / look and be amazed and die. Compare Acts 13:41.
Or Chaldeans.
Or leopards.

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