NASB — Habakkuk 1 — KJV

Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah

1 The Iaoracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

[1] IOr burden aIs 13:1; Na 1:1

  2aHow long, O LORD, will I call for help,
  And You will not hear?
  I cry out to You, “Violence!”
  Yet You do bnot save.
  3 Why do You make me asee iniquity,
  And cause [me] to look on wickedness?
  Yes, bdestruction and violence are before me;
  cStrife exists and contention arises.
  4 Therefore the alaw is Iignored
  And justice IIis never upheld.
  For the wicked bsurround the righteous;
  Therefore justice comes out cperverted.

[2] aPs 13:1, 2; 22:1, 2 bJr 14:9
[3] aPs 55:9-11; Jr 20:18 bJr 20:8 cJr 15:10
[4] IOr ineffective; lit numbed IILit never goes forth aPs 58:1, 2; 119:126; Is 59:12-14 bPs 22:12; Is 1:21-23 cIs 5:20; Ezk 9:9

  5 ¶ “aLook among the nations! Observe!
  Be astonished! bWonder!
  Because [I am] doing csomething in your days
  You would not believe if Iyou were told.
  6 “For behold, I am araising up the Chaldeans,
  That Ifierce and impetuous people
  Who march IIthroughout the earth
  To IIIbseize dwelling places which are not theirs.
  7 “They are dreaded and afeared;
  Their bjustice and Iauthority IIoriginate with themselves.
  8 “Their ahorses are swifter than leopards
  And Ikeener than bwolves in the evening.
  Their IIhorsemen come galloping,
  Their horsemen come from afar;
  They fly like an ceagle swooping [down] to devour.
  9 “All of them come for violence.
  ITheir horde of afaces [moves] forward.
  They collect captives like sand.
  10 “They amock at kings
  And rulers are a laughing matter to them.
  They blaugh at every fortress
  And cheap up rubble to capture it.
  11 “Then they will sweep through [like] the awind and pass on.
  But they will be held bguilty,
  They whose cstrength is their god.”

[5] ILit it aAc 13:41 bIs 29:9 cIs 29:14; Ezk 12:22-28
[6] ILit bitter IILit the breadth of IIILit take possession of a2K 24:2; Jr 4:11-13 bJr 8:10
[7] ILit eminence IILit proceeds from aIs 18:2, 7 bJr 39:5-9
[8] IOr more eager to attack IIOr steeds paw the ground aJr 4:13 bZp 3:3 cEzk 17:3; Ho 8:1
[9] IOr The eagerness of their faces a2K 12:17; Dn 11:17
[10] a2Ch 36:6, 10; Is 37:13 bIs 10:9; 14:16 cJr 32:24; Ezk 26:8
[11] aJr 4:11, 12 bJr 2:3 cDn 4:30; Hab 1:16

  12 ¶ Are You not from aeverlasting,
  O LORD, my God, my Holy One?
  We will not die.
  You, O LORD, have bappointed them to judge;
  And You, O cRock, have established them to correct.
  13 [Your] eyes are too apure to Iapprove evil,
  And You can not look on wickedness [with favor].
  Why do You blook with favor
  On those who deal ctreacherously?
  Why are You dsilent when the wicked eswallow up
  Those more righteous than they?
  14 [Why] have You made men like the fish of the sea,
  Like creeping things without a ruler over them?
  15 [The Chaldeans] abring all of them up with a hook,
  bDrag them away with their net,
  And gather them together in their fishing net.
  Therefore they rejoice and are glad.
  16 Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net
  And Iburn incense to their fishing net;
  Because through athese things their IIcatch is IIIlarge,
  And their food is IVplentiful.
  17 Will they therefore empty their anet
  And continually bslay nations without sparing?

[12] aDt 33:27; Ps 90:2; Mal 3:6 bIs 10:5, 6; Mal 3:5 cDt 32:4
[13] ILit look at aPs 11:4-6; 34:15, 16 bJr 12:1, 2 cIs 24:16 dPs 50:21 ePs 35:25
[15] aJr 16:16; Am 4:2 bPs 10:9
[16] IOr sacrifice IILit portion IIILit fat; or plentiful IVLit the fat portion aJr 44:17
[17] aIs 19:8 bIs 14:5, 6


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Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land,

1 ¶ The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! [even] cry out unto thee [of] violence, and thou wilt not save! 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause [me] to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence [are] before me: and there are [that] raise up strife and contention. 4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

[1] Is 22:1; Na 1:1.
[2] Ps 13:1; 22:1; 74:9; 94:3; Jr 14:9; Lm 3:8; Rv 6:10.
[3] Ps 12:1; 55:9; 73:3; 120:5; Ec 4:1; 5:8; Jr 9:2; Ezk 2:6; Mi 7:1; Mt 10:16; 2P 2:8.
[4] Ex 23:2, 6; Dt 16:19; 1K 21:13; Jb 21:7; Ps 11:3; 22:16; 58:1; 59:2, 4; 82:1; 94:3, 20; 119:126; Is 1:21; 59:2, 13; Jr 5:27; 12:1, 6; 26:8, 21; 37:14; 38:4; Ezk 9:9; 22:25; Ho 10:4; Am 5:7, 12; Mi 2:1; 3:1; 7:2; Mt 23:34; 26:59; 27:1, 25; Mk 7:9; Ac 7:52, 59; 23:12; Ro 3:31; Jm 2:6.

is shewed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans.

5 ¶ Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for [I] will work a work in your days, [which] ye will not believe, though it be told [you]. 6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, [that] bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces [that are] not theirs. 7 They [are] terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. 8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle [that] hasteth to eat. 9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up [as] the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. 10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 11 Then shall [his] mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, [imputing] this his power unto his god.

[5] Dt 4:27; Is 28:21; 29:14; Jr 5:12; 9:25; 18:18; 25:14; Lm 4:12; Ezk 12:22; Dn 9:12; Zp 1:2; Ac 6:13; 13:40.
[6] Dt 28:49; 2K 24:2; 2Ch 36:6, 17; Is 23:13; 39:6; Jr 1:15; 4:6, 8; 5:15; 6:22; 21:4; 25:9.
[7] Dt 5:19, 27; Jr 39:5; 52:9, 25.
[8] Dt 28:49; Is 5:26; Jr 4:13; 5:6; Lm 4:19; Ezk 17:3, 12; Ho 8:1; Zp 3:3; Mt 24:28; Lk 17:37.
[9] Gn 41:49; Dt 28:51; Jg 7:12; Jb 29:18; Ps 139:18; Is 27:8; Jr 4:7, 11; 5:15; 15:8; 25:9; 34:22; Ezk 17:10; 19:12; Ho 1:10; 13:15; Hab 1:6; 2:5; Ro 9:27.
[10] 2K 24:12; 25:6; 2Ch 36:6, 10; Is 14:16; Jr 32:24; 33:4; 52:4.
[11] Dn 4:30; 5:3, 20.

He complaineth that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse.

12 ¶ [Art] thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 13 [Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth [the man that is] more righteous than he? 14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, [that have] no ruler over them? 15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. 16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion [is] fat, and their meat plenteous. 17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

[12] Dt 32:4, 30; 33:27; 1S 2:2; 2K 19:25; Ps 17:13; 18:1; 90:2; 93:2; 118:17; Is 10:5; 27:6, 9; 37:26; 40:28; 43:15; 49:7; 57:15; Jr 4:27; 5:18; 25:9; 30:11; 31:18; 33:24; 46:28; Lm 5:19; Ezk 30:25; 37:11; Am 9:8; Mi 5:2; Hab 3:2; Ac 3:14; 1Ti 1:17; 6:16; He 1:10; 12:5; 13:8; Rv 1:8, 11.
[13] 2S 4:11; 1K 2:32; Es 4:14; Jb 15:15; Ps 5:4; 10:1, 15; 11:4; 34:15; 35:22; 37:12, 32; 50:3, 21; 56:1; 73:3; 83:1; Pv 31:8; Is 21:2; 33:1; 64:12; Jr 12:1; Hab 1:3; Ac 2:23; 3:13; 1P 1:15.
[14] Pv 6:7.
[15] Ps 10:9; Jr 16:16; 50:11; Lm 2:15; Ezk 25:6; 26:2; 29:4; 35:15; Am 4:2; Mt 17:27; Lk 5:5; Jn 21:6; Rv 11:10.
[16] Dt 8:17; Is 10:13; 37:24; Ezk 28:3; 29:3; Dn 4:30; 5:23; Hab 1:11.
[17] Is 14:16; Jr 25:9; 46:1; 52:1; Ezk 25:1; Hab 1:9; 2:5, 17.


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