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Habakkuk 1
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help and You will not hear? Or cry out to You of violence and You will not save? 3 Why do You show me iniquity and wrong, and Yourself look upon or cause me to see perverseness and trouble? For destruction and violence are before me; and there is strife, and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is slackened and justice and a righteous sentence never go forth, for the wicked surrounds the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted. 5 Look around among the nations and see! And be astonished! Astounded! For I am putting into effect a work in your days that you would not believe it if it were told you. 6 For behold, I am rousing up the Chaldeans, that bitter and impetuous nation who march through the breadth of the earth to take possession of dwelling places that do not belong to them. 7 are terrible and dreadful; their justice and dignity proceed from themselves. 8 Their horses also are swifter than leopards and are fiercer than the evening wolves, and their horsemen spread themselves and press on proudly; yes, their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle that hastens to devour. 9 They all come for violence; their faces turn eagerly forward, and they gather prisoners together like sand. 10 They scoff at kings, and rulers are a derision to them; they ridicule every stronghold, for they heap up dust and take it. 11 Then they sweep by like a wind and pass on, and they load themselves with guilt, whose own power is their god. 12 Are not You from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, You have appointed to execute judgment, and You, O Rock, have established him for chastisement and correction. 13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil and can not look upon injustice. Why then do You look upon the plunderer? Why are you silent when the wicked one destroys him who is more righteous than is? 14 Why do You make men like the fish of the sea, like reptiles and creeping things that have no ruler ? 15 brings all of them up with his hook; he catches and drags them out with his net, he gathers them in his dragnet; so he rejoices and is in high spirits. 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, because from them he lives luxuriously and his food is plentiful and rich. 17 Shall he therefore continue to empty his net and mercilessly go on slaying the nations forever?