1The burden that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2Yahweh, how long will I cry out for help, and you will not hear? I cry out to you “Violence!” yet you do not save.
3Why do you make me see iniquity and look at wrongdoing? For destruction and violence are before me. Strife is ongoing, and contention rises up.
4Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice is never carried out. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice comes out perverted.
5“Look among the nations! Watch! Wonder and be amazed! For I am working a work in your days that you would not believe though it was told to you.
6For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth to seize dwelling places that are not theirs.
7They are dreaded and feared; their views of justice and their authority proceed from themselves.
8Their horses also are swifter than leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves. Their horsemen press proudly on. Yes, their horsemen come from afar. They fly like an eagle that hurries to devour.
9All of them come for violence, all their faces are forward. They gather captives like sand.
10And they mock at kings, and rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every fortress, for they build up an earthen ramp and capture it.
11Then they sweep by like the wind, and go on. They are indeed guilty people, whose strength is their god.”
12Aren’t you from everlasting, Yahweh my God, my Holy One? We will not die. Yahweh, you have appointed them for judgment. You, Rock, have established them to punish.
13You who have eyes that are too pure to see evil, and who cannot look at iniquity, why do you look favorably upon those who deal treacherously? And why do you keep silent when the wicked swallow up those who are more righteous than themselves?
14Why have you made humankind like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things that have no ruler over them?
15The Chaldeans take up all of them up with a hook. They catch them in their net and gather them in their dragnet; so they rejoice and are glad.
16Therefore they sacrifice to their net, and burn incense to their dragnet, because by these things their portion is fat and their food is plentiful.
17Will they therefore continually empty their net, and kill the nations without mercy?
1I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the watchtower, and will look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
2Yahweh answered me, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he who runs may read it.
3For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and will not prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it, because it will surely come. It will not delay.
4Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright in him, but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.
5Indeed, furthermore, wine betrays an arrogant man so that he does not stay at home. He enlarges his appetite like Sheol, and like death, he cannot be satisfied, but gathers all nations to himself, and collects to himself all peoples.”
6Won’t all these take up a taunt against him, and a mocking poem and riddles against him, and say, “Woe to him who amasses what is not his— for how long?— and who enriches himself by keeping goods taken as a pledge!”
7Will not your creditors rise up suddenly and those who make you tremble wake up? Indeed, you will be their plunder.
8Because you have looted many nations, all the remnant of the peoples will loot you, because of human bloodshed and the violence done to the land, to the city and to all who live in it.
9Woe to him who gets evil gain for his household, to set his nest on high to be delivered from the hand of evil!
10By cutting off many peoples you have devised a shameful thing to your household and have sinned against your soul.
11For the stone will cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the woodwork will answer it.
12Woe to him who builds a town with blood and establishes a city by iniquity!
13Behold, is it not from Yahweh of Armies that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire, and the nations weary themselves for nothing?
14For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea.
15“Woe to you who makes his neighbors drink, pouring out your wrath and making them drunk, so that you may gaze at their genitals!
16You will be filled with shame, and not glory. Drink, you yourself, and expose your uncircumcision! The cup in Yahweh’s right hand will come around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.
17For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the animals that terrified them; because of human bloodshed and violence done to the land, to every city and to those who live in them.
18Of what value is a carved idol when its maker has carved it? Or a cast image—a teacher of lies—that the one who fashions its form trusts in it and goes on making those mute, Worthless Ones.
19Woe to him who says to the wood, ‘Wake up!’ Or to the mute stone, ‘Arise!’ Can it teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, but there is no breath at all inside it.
20But Yahweh is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before him!”
1A prayer of Habakkuk, the prophet, according to Shigionoth.
2Yahweh, I have heard the report about you, and I fear, O Yahweh. Revive your work in the midst of these years. In the midst of these years make it known. In wrath, remember to show mercy.
3God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendor covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth.
4His brightness was like the sunrise. Rays flashed from his hand, and that is where his power is hidden.
5Pestilence went before him and plague followed at his feet.
6He stood, and shook the earth. He looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains were shattered. The age-old hills collapsed. His ways are everlasting.
7I saw the tents of Cushan in distress. The tent-curtains of the land of Midian trembled.
8Was Yahweh displeased with the rivers? Was your anger against the rivers, or your wrath against the sea, that you rode on your horses, on your chariots of salvation?
9You uncovered your bow. You called for your sworn arrows. Selah. You split the earth with rivers.
10The mountains saw you and were afraid. The storm of waters passed by. The deep roared and lifted up its hands on high.
11The sun and moon stood still in the sky at the light of your arrows as they went, at the shining of your glittering spear.
12You marched through the land in wrath. You threshed the nations in anger.
13You went forth for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the land of wickedness. You stripped them head to foot. Selah.
14You pierced the heads of his warriors with their own spears. They came as a whirlwind to scatter me, gloating as if to devour the wretched in secret.
15You trampled the sea with your horses, churning mighty waters.
16I heard, and my body trembled. My lips quivered at the sound. Rottenness enters into my bones, and I tremble in my place, because I must wait quietly for the day of trouble, for the coming up of the people who invade us.
17For though the fig tree does not flourish, and there is no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food, and the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls,
18yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19Yahweh the Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like deer’s feet, and enables me to go in high places.