Habakkuk 1 ©

1 Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land, 5 is showed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans: 12 he complaineth that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse.


THE aburden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.


O LORD, bhow long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of cviolence, and thou wilt not save!


dWhy dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.


Therefore ethe law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth *compass about the righteous; therefore 1wrong judgment proceedeth.


fBehold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for gI will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.


For, lo, hI raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the 2breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.


They are terrible and dreadful: 3their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.


iTheir horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more 4fierce than the jevening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly kas the eagle that hasteth to eat.


They shall come all lfor violence: 5their faces shall sup up as mthe east wind, and they shall ngather the captivity as the sand.


oAnd they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall pderide every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.


Then qshall his mind change, and he shall rpass over, and offend, simputing this his power unto his god.


Art thou not tfrom everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? uwe shall not die. O LORD, thou hast vordained them for judgment; and, O 6mighty God, thou hast 7established them for correction.


wThou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on 8iniquity: xwherefore lookest thou upon them ythat deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?


And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the 9creeping things, that have no ruler over them?


zThey take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their 10drag: atherefore they rejoice and are glad.


Therefore bthey sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their *meat 11plenteous.


Shall they therefore 12empty their net, cand not spare continually to slay the nations?