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1:1 The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.

The propet complains of injustice

1:2 How long, O Lord, shall I cry out,
And Thou wilt not hearken?
How long shall I cry out to Thee being injured,
And Thou wilt not save?

1:3 Wherefore hast Thou shown me troubles and griefs to look upon,
Misery and ungodliness?
Judgment is before me,
And the judge receiveth a reward.

1:4 Therefore the Law is frustrated,
And judgment proceedeth not effectually,
For the ungodly man prevails over the just;
Therefore perverse judgment will proceed.

The Lord answers

1:5 Behold, ye despisers, and look,
And wonder marvelously, and vanish:
For I work a work in your days,
Which ye will in no wise believe,
Though a man declare it to you.

1:6 Wherefore, behold, I stir up the Chaldeans,
The bitter and hasty nation,
That walketh upon the breadth of the earth,
To inherit tabernacles not his own.

1:7 He is terrible and famous;
His judgment shall proceed of himself,
And his dignity shall come out of himself.

1:8 And his horses shall bound more swiftly than leopards,
And they are fiercer than the wolves of Arabia:
And his horsemen shall ride forth,
And shall rush from far;
And they shall fly as an eagle hasting to eat.

1:9 Destruction shall come upon ungodly men,
Resisting with their adverse front,
And he shall gather the captivity as the sand.

1:10 And he shall be at his ease with kings,
And princes are his toys,
And he shall mock at every strong-hold,
And shall cast a mound,
And take possession of it.

1:11 Then shall he change his spirit,
And he shall pass through,
And make an atonement, saying,
"This strength belongs to my god."

A further complaint of injustice

1:12 Art not Thou from the beginning,
O Lord God, my Holy One?
And surely we shall not die.
O Lord, Thou hast established it for judgment,
And He hath formed me to chasten with His correction.

1:13 His eye is too pure to behold evil doings,
And to look upon grievous afflictions:
Wherefore dost Thou look upon despisers?
Wilt Thou be silent when the ungodly swallows up the just?

1:14 And wilt Thou make men as the fishes of the sea,
And as the reptiles which have no guide?

1:15 He hath brought up destruction with a hook,
And drawn one with a casting net,
And caught another in his drags:
Therefore shall his heart rejoice and be glad.

1:16 Therefore will he sacrifice to his drag,
And burn incense to his casting-net,
Because by them he hath made his portion fat,
And his foods choice.

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