Habakkuk 2 ©

1 Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, 2 is showed that he must wait in faith. 5 The judgment of the Chaldeans for insatiableness, 9 ambition, 12 cruelty, 15 treacherous dealing, 18 and idolatry.


I WILL astand upon my watch, and set me upon the 1tower, and will watch to see what he will bsay 2unto me, and what I shall answer when I am 3reproved.


And the LORD answered me, and said, cWrite the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.


For the vision is yet for dan appointed time, but eat the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.


Behold, his soul which fis lifted up is not upright in him: but the gjust shall live by his faith.


4Yea also, hbecause he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire ias hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:


Shall not all these jtake up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, 5Woe to him that kincreaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!


lShall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?


Because mthou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; nbecause of men's 6blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.


¶Woe to him that 7coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the 8power of evil!


Thou hast consulted oshame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.


pFor the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the 9beam out of the timber shall 10answer it.


¶Woe to him that qbuildeth a town with 11blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!


Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall rlabour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves 12for very vanity?


For sthe earth shall be filled 13with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.


¶Woe unto him tthat giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy 14bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest ulook on their nakedness!


Thou art filled 15with shame for glory: vdrink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.


For wthe violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.


xWhat profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a yteacher of lies, that 16the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?


zWoe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! aBehold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.


But bthe LORD is in his holy temple: 17let all the earth ckeep silence before him.