Habakkuk Waits for God’s Response
1I will stand at my guard post
and station myself on the lookout tower. #1Ch 9:272Ch 8:14Is 21:6-9
I will watch to see what He will say to me #Ps 85:8
and what I should # Syr reads what He will reply about my complaint.
God’s Second Answer
2The Lord answered me:
Write down this vision; #1Sm 3:1Ps 89:19Pr 29:18Is 1:1
clearly inscribe it on tablets
so one may easily read it. # Lit one who reads in it may run
3For the vision is yet for the appointed time; #Gn 18:14|NoBook| 21:22Kg 4:16-17Dn 8:19|NoBook| 11:27
it testifies about the end and will not lie.
Though it delays, wait for it,
since it will certainly come and not be late. #Dn 10:1|NoBook| 11:35Heb 10:36-372Pt 3:9Rv 22:10
4Look, his ego is inflated; # Hb obscure
he is without integrity.
But the righteous one will live by his faith. # Or faithfulness #Rm 1:17Gl 3:11
5Moreover, wine # DSS read wealth betrays;
an arrogant man is never at rest. # Or man does not endure ; Hb obscure
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
and like Death he is never satisfied. #Pr 27:2030:15-16Is 5:14
He gathers all the nations to himself; #Is 13:443:9 66:18Jr 3:17Hs 10:10Jl 3:2Zph 3:8Zch 12:3|NoBook| 14:2Mt 25:32
he collects all the peoples for himself.
The Five Woe Oracles
6Won’t all of these take up a taunt against him, #Is 14:4Mc 2:4
with mockery and riddles about him?
They will say:
Woe to him who amasses what is not his —
how much longer? #1Kg 18:21Jr 4:14|NoBook| 23:26|NoBook| 31:22Hs 8:5Ps 82:2Pr 1:22 —
and loads himself with goods taken in pledge. #Dt 24:10-13
7Won’t your creditors suddenly arise,
and those who disturb you wake up?
Then you will become spoil for them. #2Kg 21:14Is 42:22Jr 49:32
8Since you have plundered many nations, #Is 10:13Ezk 36:4
all the peoples who remain will plunder you #Zph 3:8 —
because of human bloodshed
and violence #Jr 6:7Ezk 7:11|NoBook| 8:17|NoBook| 12:19|NoBook| 45:9Mc 6:12Hab 1:2-3|NoBook| 2:17 against lands, cities,
and all who live in them. #Is 33:1Jr 25:12Hab 2:17Rv 13:10
9Woe to him who dishonestly makes
wealth for his house # Or dynasty #Pr 1:9|NoBook| 15:27Jr 6:13|NoBook| 8:10Ezk 22:27
to place his nest on high,
to escape from the reach of disaster! #Pr 11:28Jr 22:13|NoBook| 49:16Ob 4Rv 18:7
10You have planned shame for your house
by wiping out many peoples
and sinning against your own self.
11For the stones will cry out #Lk 19:40 from the wall,
and the rafters will answer them
from the woodwork.
12Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
and founds a town with injustice! #Ezk 22:2-3Mc 3:10
13Is it not from the Lord of Hosts
that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire
and countries exhaust themselves for nothing? #Jr 51:58
14For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,
as the waters cover the sea. #Nm 14:21Ps 33:5|NoBook| 72:19|NoBook| 119:64Is 6:3|NoBook| 11:9Jr 23:24
15Woe to him who gives his neighbors drink,
pouring out your wrath # Or venom
and even making them drunk,
in order to look at their nakedness!
16You will be filled with disgrace instead of glory.
You also — drink,
and expose your uncircumcision! # DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Vg read and stagger
The cup in the Lord’s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter disgrace will cover your glory. #Rv 14:8-10
17For your violence against Lebanon
will overwhelm you;
the destruction of animals will terrify you # DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads them
because of your human bloodshed and violence
against lands, cities, and all who live in them.
18What use is a carved idol
after its craftsman carves it?
It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies.
For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it
and makes idols that cannot speak.
19Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up!
or to mute stone: Come alive!
Can it teach?
Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,
yet there is no breath #Ex 32:4Dt 27:15Jdg 17:4Is 30:2240:18-2044:9-20Jr 10:14 in it at all.
20But the Lord is in His holy temple; #Ps 11:4
let everyone on earth
be silent in His presence. #Zph 1:7Zch 2:13