1 # See Nah. 1:1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
2O Lord, #Ps. 13:1; 89:46 how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you #Mic. 6:12“Violence!”
and you will not save?
3 # See Jer. 9:2-6 Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction #[See ver. 2 above]and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
4 # [Mic. 7:3] So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
# [Job 21:7; Jer. 12:1] For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
The Lord’s Answer
5 # Cited Acts 13:41 “Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
# [Isa. 28:21; 29:14] For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
6For behold, #See Jer. 5:15 I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
# [ch. 2:5] who march through the breadth of the earth,
# [ch. 2:6] to seize dwellings not their own.
7They are dreaded and fearsome;
# [ver. 10, 11] their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
8 # Jer. 4:13 Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than #Jer. 5:6; Zeph. 3:3 the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
# See Deut. 28:49 they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9They all come #[ch. 2:17] for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives #See Josh. 11:4like sand.
10At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
# [Nah. 3:12] They laugh at every fortress,
for #[Ezek. 4:2]they pile up earth and take it.
11Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
# [Hos. 13:16] guilty men, #[ver. 7]whose own might is their god!”
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
12Are you not #Deut. 33:27; Ps. 90:2; 93:2 from everlasting,
O Lord my God, my Holy One?
# [Mal. 3:6] We shall not die.
O Lord, #See Isa. 10:5-7 you have ordained them as a judgment,
and you, O #See Deut. 32:4Rock, have established them for reproof.
13You who are #[Ps. 5:5] of purer eyes than to see evil
and cannot look at wrong,
# Jer. 12:1 why do you idly look at traitors
and #Ps. 35:22remain silent when the wicked swallows up
the man more righteous than he?
14You make mankind like the fish of the sea,
like crawling things that have no ruler.
15 # Jer. 16:16; Amos 4:2 He#1:15 That is, the wicked foe brings all of them up #[Isa. 19:8]with a hook;
he drags them out with his net;
he gathers them in his dragnet;
so he rejoices and is glad.
16 # [ver. 11] Therefore he sacrifices to his net
and makes offerings to his dragnet;
for by them he lives in luxury,#1:16 Hebrew his portion is fat
and his food is rich.
17Is he then to keep on emptying his net
# [ch. 2:10] and mercilessly killing nations forever?
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