Habakkuk

 

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians
A prophecy concerning Jerusalem's destruction by Babylon, written sometime around the middle 7th Century BCE.

Chapter 1

1 These are the things that the Prophet HabakKuk saw:

2 How long, O Lord, must I cry out,
As You don't listen [to me]?
How long should I yell to You over wrong,
As You refuse to bring us salvation?

3 Why have You shown toil and trouble to me,
As you look upon misery and irreverence?
Right opposite me, there's judging going on,
But it is the judge who carries away!

4 Because of this, the Law has been shaken,
And in the end, there's no justice;
For the righteous are tyrannized by the godless,
And the justice that comes is perverted!

5 'Look, O you who despise;
Gaze and wonder at wonders,
And thereafter, just pass away!
For I'll do a work in your day,
Which you'll not believe and none can describe.

6 '{Look!} I'll awaken the Chaldean people,
Who'll travel across the breadth of the earth,
And inherit tents not their own.

7 '[Their king] is known to be fearsome,
And he [creates] his own justice╔
For his only concern is himself.

8 'His horses leap higher than leopards,
And [their teeth] are like those of Arabian wolves.

'His horsemen will make great advances╔
They'll spread [their wings] out like eagles,
Which are eager for something to eat.

9 'Upon all those who show no respect,
There will come a consumption
(It will come upon all who oppose him),
And [he'll gather captives] like the sand.

10 'Then, among all the kings, he will revel╔
The sovereigns will all be his playthings,
And he will mock every fortress╔
He'll throw up siege mounds and take them.

11 'Thereafter, his spirit will change;
For, he will repent and then say,
This power has come from my God!'

12 O Jehovah;
Are You not from days of long ago?
Aren't You my God and my Most Holy One?

O Lord;
No way should we have to die!
Yet, You have ordered up justice╔
And I've been shaped for discipline and correction.

13 Your eyes are too pure to look at bad things,
And You cannot gaze upon evil.
So, how can You look upon those who disdain You?

Why remain silent and watch,
As the impious are consuming the righteous?
14 Will You leave men like fish in the sea,
Or like things that crawl [on the ground],
Where no one is taking the lead?

15 [Babylon's king] caught destruction,
And pulled it up with a hook╔
He drew it in with his web╔
He pulled it up with his dragnet.
And this is why he's rejoicing.

16 So he'll sacrifice to his dragnet,
And to it, he'll also burn incense.
For by it, he's fattened his portion,
And it provided the choicest of food.
17 So, will he keep casting his net,
To destroy many nations╔ not spare them?

Chapter 2

1 During my watch, I'll stand guard;
I'll climb on the rocks and keep watch,
In order to hear what He'll tell me,
So I'll know what I must reply,
When I am being corrected.

2 Then to me, Jehovah said this╔
He clearly said, 'Now, write down this vision,
So those who read it can soar.
3 For, it's a vision of [future] times,
And in the end, it will happen.

'Be patient, even if it should seem to be late,
For, it will surely arrive,
And no way will its coming be tardy.

4 'If there's someone who holds back [My words];
In him, My soul finds no favor.
For it's by their faith that the righteous will live!

5 'But, those who are arrogant and hateful,
And any man who's a braggart,
Will receive no [blessings] at all╔
For he widens his soul like the grave,
And like death, he never gets filled.

6 'If he should assemble all nations,
And gather their peoples [under his rule];
Wouldn't they say this against him╔
Use this riddle against him, and say:

'Woe to the one who takes what's not his╔
How long [can he stand] all the pressure?
7 For suddenly, there'll come those who'll bite him╔
Yes, those plotting against him, will awaken,
And then, they will saw him in two.

8 'For, many nations, you've ravaged.
But those that remain, will now ravage you,
Because of all the blood that you've shed,
And the things that you did to their cities and lands╔
What you did to all those who lived there.

9 'O you who've desired such wealth;
Bad things will come to your house.
Yes, you who arranged your nest in the heights,
And whose hands brought evil [to others].

10 'So, you have brought shame upon your own house╔
Since, throughout your life, you have sinned,
And you've ended [the lives] of [many great] men.
'

11 'Now, from your stone walls, I'll yell this,
And the beetles in the woods will repeat it:
12 Woe to those who build their cities on blood,
And [grow] their towns by doing what's wrong!'

13 Is it not from Jehovah the Almighty,
That so many have been tested by fire,
And the nations have proven faint-hearted?

14 But, as the waters that cover the seas,
The lands will soon become filled
With knowledge of the glory of [God].

15 So, you who once forced your neighbors to drink,
Something intoxicating and cloudy,
So that you could gaze on their private parts;
16 Drink deeply to the glory of your dishonor,
And get extremely excited!

But now, you'll be completely surrounded,
In the cup that's in Jehovah's right hand,
Where your glory will meet its dishonor.

17 By Lebanon's irreverence, you'll be covered,
And the misery of wild beasts will terrify you,
Because of the blood of men that you've shed,
And the badness within [your] cities and lands,
Along with the [evil] of those dwelling there.

18 What good are the idols they've carved,
Or the molten castings they've shaped╔
The false things they can see [with their eyes]?
Yes, your people rely on things they have shaped╔
Yet those idols that they've made cannot speak!

19 So, woe to those who say to the wood,
'[It's time to] awaken and rise,'
And to things of stone, 'Become great!'
For, they are just things you can look at╔
Things you've hammered from silver and gold,
And in whom there's no spirit at all.

20 But, in His Temple, Jehovah's [alive]!
So all lands should bow down before Him!

Chapter 3

1 The prayer of HabakKuk (the Prophet) in a song:

2 O Lord;
I heard Your report and I was afraid.
O Jehovah;
I thought of your works and I shook.

You stand between the two beasts,
And in coming years, all will know You╔
In the time at hand, You'll be seen.

When my soul becomes angry and disturbed,
You'll think of [me] and show mercy.
3 For, God will come out of Teman,
And from the shadow of Mount Paran,
The Holy One will arrive.

PAUSE

His virtues cover the skies╔
His praises fill the [whole] earth
4 And like all light, is His brightness.

In His hands, He carries a trumpet;
And by His might, He sends His love.

5 From His face, a word will go forth,
Which will travel from there into the plains.
6 And where His feet stand, the [whole] earth will shake.

When He looks upon them, the nations dissolve╔
By [His] might, the mountains will break,
And the hills of the ages will melt.

7 To the tents of Ethiopian peoples,
I saw distress about to arrive,
And the tents of Midia were also disturbed.

8 Were You provoked by their rivers, O Lord╔
Did their rivers make You angry,
That against the sea, You took action?

O you who arrived riding horses;
As you ride, are you bringing salvation?

9 Jehovah has told you to stretch out╔
Yes, against their tents, you must now stretch your bows!

PAUSE

You'll divide their lands by their rivers,
10 And when they see You, they will have birth pangs.
For You've divided them by their rivers.

Then the abyss will shout to the heights,
When it sees You arriving.
11 For the sun will not rise in the sky,
And the moon won't fail to stand still.
But they'll move by the light of Your arrows╔
By the flashes of lightning from Your weapons.

12 When You threaten, You'll leave few in their lands,
For, in Your rage, You'll break nations.
13 But You'll bring salvation to Your people,
And You will save Your anointed.

You'll bring death to the heads of the lawless╔
Chains, You'll put on their necks 'til You're done.
So the mighty will be astonished and shaken,
And then, You'll chop off their heads.

PAUSE

14 Yes, you'll split the heads of the mighty,
And you will cause them to shake.
Then, they will put down their bridles,
And they'll go somewhere to hide,
Where they will eat like the poor.

15 You led Your horses into the sea,
Which disturbed all its waters╔
And as I watched, I was frightened.

16 On my lips, was the sound of a prayer╔
Trembling entered my backside and bones╔
Yes, all my ways were disturbed.
But, I will find rest in that day of distress╔
When I leave those people to whom I was sent.

17Their fig trees will no longer bear,
And there'll be no grapes on their vines.
Their olive trees will be gone,
And there'll be no crops in their fields.

At that time, there will be no sheep,
And there'll be no oxen left in their barns.

18But I'll shout in joy to Jehovah╔
I'll rejoice over my Savior, God!
19 For, Jehovah God is my strength,
And He's set straight paths for my feet╔
Upon high places, He's set me,
As by His song, I will conquer.

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