The burden which Habakkuk the prophet saw
I raise up the Chaldeans to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs
The burden which Habakkuk the prophet saw.
O Lord, how long will I cry, and You will not hear! [Even] cry out to You [of] violence, and You will not save!
Why do You show me iniquity, and cause [me] to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence [are] before me, and there are [those who] raise up strife and contention.
Behold among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously, for [I] will work a work in your days, [which] you will not believe, though it is told [to you]. [*Acts 13:40 - 41]
For, look, I raise up the Chaldeans, [that] bitter and hasty nation, which will march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places [that are] not theirs.
They [are] terrible and dreadful, their judgment and their dignity will proceed of themselves.
Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves, and their horsemen will spread themselves, and their horsemen will come from afar; they will fly as the eagle [that] hastens to eat.
They will come, all for violence, their faces will sup up [as] the east wind, and they will gather the captivity as the sand.
And they will scoff at the kings, and the princes will be a scorn to them, they will deride every stronghold; for they will heap dust, and take it.
Then [his] mind will change, and he will pass over, and offend, [imputing] his power to his god.
[Are] You not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We will not die. O Lord, You have ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, You have established them for correction.
[You are] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity, why do You look upon those who deal treacherously, [and] hold Your tongue when the wicked devours [the man who is] more righteous than him?
And make men as the fish of the sea, as the creeping things, [who have] no ruler over them?
They take up all of them with the fishhook, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag, therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Therefore they sacrifice to their net, and burn incense to their drag; because by them, their portion [is] fat, and their meat plenteous.
Should they therefore empty their net, and not continually spare to slay the nations?
I will stand upon my watch, and set myself upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am reproved.
And the Lord answered me, and said, "Write the vision, and make [it] plain upon tables, that he who reads it may run.
Indeed also, because he transgresses by wine, [he is] a proud man, neither stays at home, who enlarges his desire as Hell, and [is] as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathers all nations to him, and heaps all people to him.
Should all these not take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, "Woe to him who increases [that which is] not his! How long? And to him who lades himself with thick clay!"
Should they who will bite you not rise up suddenly, and awake who will vex you, and you will be for booties to them?
Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people will spoil you; because of men's blood, and [for] the violence of the land, of the city, and of all who dwell therein.
Woe to him who covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
You have consulted shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned [against] your soul.
For the stone will cry out of the wall, and the beam will answer it out of the timber.
Woe to him who builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity!
Behold, [is it] not of the Lord of hosts that the people will labor in the very fire, and the people will weary themselves for very vanity?
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Woe to him who gives his neighbor drink, who puts your bottle to [him], and make [him] drunk also, that you may look on their nakedness!
You are filled with shame for glory, drink also, and let your foreskin be uncovered, the cup of the Lord's right hand will be turned to you, and shameful spewing [will be] on your glory.
What does the graven image profit, that the maker thereof has engraved it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts therein, to make dumb idols?
Woe to him who says to the wood, "Awake;" to the dumb stone, "Arise, it will teach!" Behold, it [is] laid over with gold and silver, and [there is] no breath at all in the midst of it. [*7:194]
But the Lord [is] in His holy temple, let all the earth keep silence before Him.
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
O Lord, I have heard Your speech, [and] was afraid, O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years, make known; in wrath, remember mercy.
God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.
And [His] brightness was as the light; He had horns [coming] out of His hand, and there [was] the hiding of His power.
The pestilence went before Him, and burning coals went forth at His feet.
He stood, and measured the earth, He beheld, and drove the nations asunder; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills bowed, His ways [are] everlasting.
I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction, [and] the curtains of the land of Midian trembled.
Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? [Was] Your anger against the rivers? [Was] Your wrath against the sea, that You rode upon Your horses [and] Your chariots of salvation?
Your bow was made quite naked, [according] to the oaths of the tribes, [even Your] word. Selah. You cleaved the earth with rivers.
The mountains saw You, [and] they trembled, the overflowing of the water passed by, the deep uttered his voice, [and] lifted up his hands on high.
The sun [and] moon stood still in their habitation, they went at the light of Your arrows, [and] at the shining of Your glittering spear.
You marched through the land in indignation, You threshed the heathen in anger.
You went forth for the salvation of Your people, [even] for salvation with Your anointed; You wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation to the neck. Selah.
You struck through the head of his villages with his staves, they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me, their rejoicing [was] as to secretly devour the poor.
You walked through the sea with Your horses, [through] the heap of great waters.
When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice, rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble, when He comes up to the people, He will invade them with His troops.
Although the fig tree will not blossom, neither [will] fruit [be] in the vines; the labor of the olive will fail, and the fields will yield no meat; the flock will be cut off from the fold, and [there will be] no herd in the stalls.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God [is] my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds' [feet], and He will make me to walk upon my high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.