1:1 The burden which the prophet Ambacum saw.
1:2 How long, O Lord, shall I cry out, and thou wilt not hearken? [how
long] shall I cry out to thee being injured, and thou wilt not save?
1:3 Wherefore hast thou shown me troubles and griefs to look upon,
misery and ungodliness? judgment is before me, and the judge receives a
1:4 Therefore the law is frustrated, and judgment proceeds not
effectually, for the ungodly [man] prevails over the just; therefore
perverse judgment will proceed.
1:5 Behold, ye despisers, and look, and wonder marvelously, and vanish:
for I work a work in your days, which ye will in no wise believe, though
a man declare [it to you].
1:6 Wherefore, behold, I stir up the Chaldeans, the bitter and hasty
nation, that walks upon the breadth of the earth, to inherit tabernacles
not his own.
1:7 He is terrible and famous; his judgment shall proceed of himself,
and his dignity shall come out of himself.
1:8 And his horses shall bound [more swiftly] than leopards, and [they
are] fiercer than the wolves of Arabia: and his horsemen shall ride
forth, and shall rush from far; and they shall fly as an eagle hasting
1:9 Destruction shall come upon ungodly men, resisting with their
adverse front, and he shall gather the captivity as the sand.
1:10 And he shall be at his ease with kings, and princes are his toys,
and he shall mock at every strong-hold, and shall cast a mound, and take
possession of it.
1:11 Then shall he change his spirit, and he shall pass through, and
make an atonement, [saying], This strength [belongs] to my god.
1:12 [Art] not thou from the beginning, O Lord God, my Holy One? and
surely we shall not die. O Lord, thou hast established it for judgment,
and he has formed me to chasten [with] his correction.
1:13 [His] eye is too pure to behold evil [doings], and to look upon
grievous afflictions: wherefore dost thou look upon despisers? wilt thou
be silent when the ungodly swallows up the just?
1:14 And wilt thou make men as the fishes of the sea, and as the
reptiles which have no guide?
1:15 He has brought up destruction with a hook, and drawn one with a
casting net, and caught another in his drags: therefore shall his heart
rejoice and be glad.
1:16 Therefore will he sacrifice to his drag, and burn incense to his
casting-net, because by them he has made his portion fat, and his meats
1:17 Therefore will he cast his net, and will not spare to slay the
1:1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out
unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
1:3 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.
1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for
the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment
1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for
I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be
1:6 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 their's.
1:7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity
shall proceed of themselves.
1:8 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.
1:9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the
east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
1:10 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.
1:11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend,
imputing this his power unto his god.
1:12 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.
1:13 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?
1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things,
that have no ruler over them?
1:15 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.
1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto
their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat
1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to
slay the nations?