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 that 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 will 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 kind of 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 'Then, upon all those who don't show him respect
There will come a consumption
(It will come upon all who oppose him),
And like sand, [he will take many captives].

10 'Then among all the kings, he will revel╔
Their sovereignty will then be his playthings,
And he will mock every fortress╔
He'll build siege mounds around them 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 Most Holy One?

O Lord;
Though there is no reason for us to to die,
You have still ordered up justice╔
For discipline and correction, You've shaped us.

13 But if Your eyes are too pure to look upon evil,
And You cannot view what is bad;
Why [put up] with those who disdain You?

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

15 You let [Babylon's king] catch destruction╔
He's pulled it up with a hook
And lifted it out with a net╔
Yes 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 is providing his choicest of food.
17 So, he will keep casting his net
To destroy many nations, not spare them!

Chapter 2

1 So [I've told You] that during my watch,
I'll be the one who stands guard╔
I'll climb on the rocks and observe,
Then listen to all that You'll tell me,
So I'll know what I must reply
When I am receiving correction.

2 Then the Lord told me this╔ He clearly said,
'Now, you must write down this vision
To elevate those who will read it.
3 For it's a vision of a time [in the future],
And in the end, it surely will happen.

'You must be patient even if it seems late,
For it will surely arrive,
And no way will its coming be tardy.

4 'For in My soul, I find no favor
In those who hold back [My words];
No, in such ones, 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╔
Wouldn't they speak this riddle 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 half.

8 'For, many nations, you've ravaged.
But those that remain, will then 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 also come to your house╔
Yes, on 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 will yell,
And the beetles in the woods will repeat it:

12 Woe to those who build their cities on blood,
And [grow] their countries by doing what's wrong!

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

14 'So, as the waters that cover the seas,
The whole earth will soon become filled
With the knowledge about all His glory.

15 'Yet, you have forced your neighbors to drink
Something intoxicating and cloudy
So that you could gaze on their private parts.

16 'Now, drink deeply to the glory of your dishonor
And get extremely excited!
For thereafter, you'll be completely surrounded
Inside the cup in Jehovah's right hand,
Where your glory will meet with dishonor.

17 'By Lebanon's irreverence, you will 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 your people.

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

19 'So, woe to those who say to the wood,
[It's time for you to] awaken and rise,
And to things of stone,
Become great!
For, they are just things you can look at╔
Things that you've hammered from silver and gold,
Which cannot even breathe.

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╔
When that time arrives, You'll be seen.

And when disturbance come into my life,
You'll think of [me] and show mercy.
3 For, God will come out of Teman╔
From Mount Paran's shadow, the Most Holy One will arrive.

PAUSE

His virtues cover the skies
And His praises fill the [whole] earth
4 Like all kinds of light is His brightness.

In His hands, He carries a trumpet;
And by His might, He sends us 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 Then I saw distress about to arrive
On the tents of Ethiopian peoples,
And the tents of Media were also disturbed.

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

O you who're arriving on horses;
As you ride, are you bringing salvation?
9 No, Jehovah has told you to stretch out╔
Against their tents, you must now stretch your bows!

PAUSE

Then you'll divide up their lands by their rivers,
10 And when they see you, they'll start having birth pangs;
For they'll know that the rivers then be their borders.

And at that, the abyss will shout to the heights
When it realizes you're coming.
11 Then the sun will not rise in the sky,
And the moon will fail and stand still.
But in the light of your arrows, they'll move╔
By the flashes of sparks from your weapons.

12 When [God] threatens, He'll leave just few in their lands;
For in His rage, He will destroy nations.
13 But He'll bring salvation to His people,
And He'll also save His anointed.

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

PAUSE

14 Yes He'll split the heads of the mighty,
And He will cause them to shake.
Then, after they've put down their reins
And looked for places to hide,
They'll thereafter be fed like the poor.

15 Then He led His horses into the sea,
And they disturbed all its waters╔
Which frightened me as I saw it.

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

17 For their fig trees won't bear fruit again,
And there'll be no grapes on their vines.
Their olive trees will also be gone,
And there'll be no crops in their fields.

At that time, they won't have sheep anymore,
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 my feet, He has set on straight paths╔
Upon high places, He's set me,
And by His song, I will conquer.

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