Habakkuk 1:1-11 New International Version

Habakkuk Complains of Injustice

1 1  The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received. 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? 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. 4  Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

The Chaldeans Will Punish Judah

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. 6  I am raising up the Babylonians,[1]that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. 7  They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor. 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; 9  they all come intent on violence. Their hordes[2] advance like a desert wind and gather prisoners like sand. 10  They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them. 11  Then they sweep past like the wind and go on- guilty people, whose own strength is their god."


[1] 1:6 Or "Chaldeans"

[2] 1:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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