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    Chapter 1

    Hab 1:1 The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

    Hab 1:2 Yahweh, how long will I cry, and You will not hear? I cry out to You “violence!” And will You not save?

    Hab 1:3 Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to behold troubles? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up.

    Hab 1:4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes out; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore, justice goes out distorted.

    Hab 1:5 “Look among the nations, watch, and wonder marvelously; for I am working a work in your days, which you will not believe though it is told to you.

    Hab 1:6 For, behold, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, that march through the width of the land, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.

    Hab 1:7 They are feared and dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.

    Hab 1:8 Their horses also are swifter than leopards and and fiercer than the evening wolves. Their horsemen press proudly on. Yes, their horsemen come from afar. They fly as an eagle that hurries to devour.

    Hab 1:9 All of them come for violence. Their hordes face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand.

    Hab 1:10 Yes, he scoffs at kings, and princes are a derision to him. He laughs at every stronghold, for he builds up an earthen ramp, and takes it.

    Hab 1:11 He then sweeps by like the wind and goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is his god.”

    Hab 1:12 Are You not from infinity, Yahweh my God, my Holy One? We will not die. Yahweh, You have appointed them to judge us. You, O mighty Rock, have ordered them to correct us.

    Hab 1:13 You who have purer eyes than to see evil, and who cannot look on the trouble caused by sin, why do You tolerate those who deal treacherously, and keep silent when the wicked swallows up the righteous

    Hab 1:14 and make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

    Hab 1:15 He takes up all of them with the hook. He catches them in his net and collects them in his dragnet. Therefore, he rejoices and is glad.

    Hab 1:16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net, and burns incense to his dragnet, because by them his life is luxurious, and his food is good.

    Hab 1:17 Will he therefore empty his net, and continually murder the nations without mercy?