1The oracle #Is 13:1|NoBook| 30:6Jr 18:18Ezk 12:10Hab 1:1Zch 9:1|NoBook| 12:1Mal 1:1 that Habakkuk the prophet saw. #Nm 24:4Jb 19:26Is 13:1
Habakkuk’s First Prayer
2How long, #Ps 4:2|NoBook| 6:3|NoBook| 13:1 Lord, must I call for help #Jb 19:7Ps 5:2Lm 3:8
and You do not listen
or cry out to You about violence #** #Jr 6:7Ezk 7:11|NoBook| 8:17|NoBook| 12:19|NoBook| 45:9Mc 6:12Hab 1:9|NoBook| 2:8
and You do not save?
3Why do You force me to look at injustice? #Jb 4:8Ps 5:5Is 5:7
Why do You tolerate # Lit observe wrongdoing?
Oppression and violence are right in front of me.
Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates.
4This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.
For the wicked restrict #Jdg 20:43Ps 22:12 the righteous;
therefore, justice #Ex 23:6 comes out perverted.
God’s First Answer
5Look at the nations # DSS, LXX, Syr read Look, you treacherous people #Ps 2:1 and observe #Gn 15:5 —
be utterly astounded! #Gn 43:33Ps 48:5Ec 5:8
For something is taking place in your days
that you will not believe #Gn 15:6
when you hear about it. #Ac 13:41
6Look! I am raising up #Ru 4:5 the Chaldeans, # = the Babylonians
that bitter, #Jdg 18:25 impetuous nation
that marches across the earth’s open spaces
to seize territories not its own.
7They are fierce #Sg 6:4 and terrifying;
their views of justice and sovereignty
stem from themselves.
8Their horses are swifter #2Sm 1:23 than leopards #Is 11:6Jr 5:6|NoBook| 13:23Hs 13:7
and more fierce # Or and quicker than wolves of the night.
Their horsemen charge ahead;
their horsemen come from distant lands.
They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour. #Dt 28:49
9All of them come to do violence;
their faces #Gn 48:11 are set in determination. # Hb obscure
They gather #Dt 11:14 prisoners like sand. #Jos 11:4
10They mock #2Kg 2:23 kings,
and rulers are a joke to them.
They laugh #2Ch 30:10 at every fortress
and build siege ramps to capture #Nm 21:32 it.
11Then they sweep #Is 8:8 by like the wind
and pass through.
They are guilty; # Or wind, and transgress and incur guilt their strength is their god.
Habakkuk’s Second Prayer
12Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God? #1Ch 29:10Ps 90:2|NoBook| 93:2|NoBook| 103:17Mc 5:2
My Holy One, #Is 1:4 You # Ancient Jewish tradition reads we will not die.
Lord, You appointed them to execute judgment;
my Rock, #Dt 32:4Ps 18:2 You destined them to punish us.
13Your eyes #2Ch 6:20|NoBook| 16:9 are too pure #Ex 25:11Ps 12:6|NoBook| 19:9|NoBook| 51:10Pr 22:11Ezk 36:25 to look on evil,
and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? #Jdg 9:23
Why are You silent
while one # = Babylon who is wicked swallows up
one # = Judah who is more righteous than himself?
14You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea, #Ec 9:12
like marine creatures that have no ruler.
15The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook,
catch them in their dragnet, #2Kg 19:282Ch 33:11Is 37:29Jr 16:16Ezk 19:4|NoBook| 29:4|NoBook| 38:4Am 4:2
and gather them in their fishing net;
that is why they are glad and rejoice.
16That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet
and burn incense to their fishing net,
for by these things their portion is rich
and their food plentiful. #Dt 8:17Is 10:1337:24-25
17Will they therefore empty their net # DSS read sword
and continually slaughter nations without mercy?