oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 1,2L-rd, how long will I cry, and you will not hear? I cry
out to you "Violence!" and will you not save? 1,3Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity?
For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and
contention rises up. 1,4Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth; for the wicked surround the righteous;
therefore justice goes forth perverted. 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 you. 1,6For, behold, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and
hasty nation, that march through the breadth of the earth, to possess
dwelling places that are not theirs. 1,7They are feared
and dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.
1,8Their 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 as an eagle that hurries to
devour. 1,9All of them come for violence. Their hordes
face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand. 1,10Yes, 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. 1,11Then he sweeps by like the wind, and
goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is his god." 1,12Aren't you the first, L-rd, my G-d, my Holy One? We will not die. L-rd, you have
appointed him for judgment. You, Rock, have established him to punish.
1,13You who have purer eyes than to see evil, and who
cannot look on perversity, why do you tolerate those who deal
treacherously, and keep silent when the wicked swallows up the man who
is more righteous than he, 1,14and make men like the
fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
1,15He takes up all of them with the hook. He catches
them in his net, and gathers them in his dragnet. Therefore he rejoices
and is glad. 1,16Therefore he sacrifices to his net,
and burns incense to his dragnet, because by them his life is luxurious,
and his food is good. 1,17Will he therefore continually
empty his net, and kill the nations without mercy?
2,1I will stand at my watch, and set myself on the
ramparts, and will look out to see what he will say to me, and what I
will answer concerning my complaint. 2,2And the L-rd
answered me, "Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he
who runs may read it. 2,3For the vision is yet for the
appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false.
Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It
won't delay. 2,4Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is
not upright in him, but the righteous will live by his faith. 2,5Yes, moreover, wine is treacherous. A haughty man who
doesn't stay at home, who enlarges his desire toward Hell, and he is like death, and can't be satisfied,
but gathers to himself all nations, and heaps to himself all peoples. 2,6Won't all these take up a parable against him, and a
taunting proverb against him, and say, 'Woe to him who increases that
which is not his, and who enriches himself by extortion! How long?' 2,7Won't your debtors rise up suddenly, and wake up
those who make you tremble, and you will be their victim? 2,8Because you have plundered many nations, all the
remnant of the peoples will plunder you, because of men's blood, and
for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all who dwell in
it. 2,9Woe to him who gets an evil gain for his house,
that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand
of evil! 2,10You have devised shame to your house, by
cutting off many peoples, and have sinned against your soul. 2,11For the stone will cry out of the wall, and the beam
out of the woodwork will answer it. 2,12Woe to him who
builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity! 2,13Behold, isn't it of the L-rd of Hosts that the
peoples labor for the fire, and the nations weary themselves for vanity?
2,14For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of
the glory of the L-rd, as the waters cover the sea. 2,15"Woe to him who gives his neighbor drink, pouring
your inflaming wine until they are drunk, so that you may gaze at their
naked bodies! 2,16You are filled with shame, and not
glory. You will also drink, and be exposed! The cup of the L-rd's right
hand will come around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory. 2,17For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
and the destruction of the animals, which made them afraid; because of
men's blood, and for the violence done to the land, to every city and
to those who dwell in them. 2,18"What value does
the engraved image have, that its maker has engraved it; the molten
image, even the teacher of lies, that he who fashions its form trusts in
it, to make mute idols? 2,19Woe to him who says to the
wood, 'Awake!' or to the mute stone, 'Arise!' Shall this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at
all in its midst. 2,20But the L-rd is in his holy temple.
Let all the earth be silent before him!"
prayer of Habakkuk, the prophet, set to victorious music.
For the music director, on my stringed
- 3,2L-rd, I have heard of your fame.
- I stand in awe
of your deeds, L-rd.
- Renew your work in the midst of the years.
- In the midst of the years make it known.
- In wrath, you remember
- 3,3G-d came from Teman,
- the Holy One
from Mount Paran.
- His glory covered the heavens,
- and his praise filled the earth.
splendor is like the sunrise.
- Rays shine from his hand, where his
power is hidden.
- 3,5Plague went before him,
pestilence followed his feet.
- 3,6He stood, and
shook the earth.
- He looked, and made the nations tremble.
ancient mountains were crumbled.
- The age-old hills collapsed.
- His ways are eternal.
- 3,7I saw the tents of
Cushan in affliction.
- The dwellings of the land of Midian trembled.
- 3,8Was the L-rd displeased with the rivers?
your anger against the rivers,
- or your wrath against the sea,
- that you rode on your horses,
- on your chariots of salvation?
- 3,9You uncovered your bow.
- You called for your
- You split the earth with rivers.
- 3,10The mountains saw you, and were afraid.
- The storm
of waters passed by.
- The deep roared and lifted up its hands on
- 3,11The sun and moon stood still in the sky,
- at the light of your arrows as they went,
- at the shining of your
- 3,12You marched through the land
- You threshed the nations in anger.
- 3,13You 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.
- 3,14You 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.
- 3,15You trampled the sea with your horses,
- 3,16I heard, and my body trembled.
- My lips quivered at the voice.
- Rottenness enters into my bones,
and I tremble in my place,
- because I must wait quietly for the day
- for the coming up of the people who invade us.
- 3,17For though the fig tree doesn't flourish,
fruit be in the vines;
- the labor of the olive fails,
- the fields
yield no food;
- the flocks are cut off from the fold,
- and there
is no herd in the stalls:
- 3,18yet I will rejoice in
- I will be joyful in the G-d of my salvation!
- 3,19The L-rd G-d, is my strength.
- He makes my feet like deer's feet,
- and enables me to go in