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Habakkuk 1 - NIV

1 The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint


How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?

3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.

4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer


“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.

6 I am raising up the Babylonians,[a]
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwellings not their own.

7 They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor.

8 Their horses are swifter than leopards,
fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

9 they all come intent on violence.
Their hordes[b] advance like a desert wind
and gather prisoners like sand.

10 They mock kings
and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
by building earthen ramps they capture them.

11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

Habakkuk’s Second Complaint


Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you[c] will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

14 You have made people like the fish in the sea,
like the sea creatures that have no ruler.

15 The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks,
he catches them in his net,
he gathers them up in his dragnet;
and so he rejoices and is glad.

16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net
and burns incense to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury
and enjoys the choicest food.

17 Is he to keep on emptying his net,
destroying nations without mercy?


a. Habakkuk 1:6 Or Chaldeans
b. Habakkuk 1:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
c. Habakkuk 1:12 An ancient Hebrew scribal tradition; Masoretic Text we

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Chris Appleby avatar
A Call for Justice
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Jan, 2017
Summary: Be careful what you ask for when you make a complaint to God. Sometimes God delays bringing justice to the world because the price is so high. Sometimes justice is brought about by unjust people. Be prepared to let God decide when's the right time to act.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-17
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 0
Jonathan Kruschel avatar
Wait! Be Patient! Trust the Lord!
Shared by: Jonathan Kruschel on Oct, 2016
Summary: The Prophet Habakkuk looked around and saw a world filled with violence, destruction, toleration of wickedness, injustice, strife and conflict. Where was God? Ever look at your world and wonder the same thing? Listen to the Lord's answer!
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,561
Ken Ritz avatar
Why Doesn't God Seem Fair?
Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
Summary: Part 1 of series on Habakkuk
Series: Habakkuk
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-13
Views: 286
Paul Carlson avatar
Living by Triumphant Faith
Shared by: Paul Carlson on Dec, 2015
Summary: PROPOSITION: Because of Christ’s atoning work, faith in Him provides great joy.
Series: O.T. Survey
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 505
Joe Harvey avatar
Living with God
Shared by: Joe Harvey on Nov, 2015
Summary: 15-minute manuscript sermon on the Book of Habakkuk. Addresses the question of how to live with God during difficult times.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3:18
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 607
Darren Woods avatar
God Is Workin'
Shared by: Darren Woods on Oct, 2015
Summary: A brief peek inside the cover of the book of Habakkuk. Sermon based on Hab1:1-11 It's how God is still working and still working things out for our best - even when it seems He's indifferent to our situation or simply inactive
William R. Nabaza avatar
Why justice is perverted in the Philippines?
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on May, 2015
Summary: To show that justice and righteousness goes together to judge the wicked and protect the righteous.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:4
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 665
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on May, 2015
Summary: God gives us the strength to enter in to the faith of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus in the midst of seeing the vision of His judgment against us.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Denomination: Friends
Views: 436
Jack  Martin avatar
Habakkuk, America, and the Middle East
Shared by: Jack Martin on Aug, 2014
Summary: Was this prophecy of old searching forward to our day. Are we about to see Gods Word brought to bear both in America and in the Middle East.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-11
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 8,390
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
LORD, Teach Me To Pray ASK GOD
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on May, 2014
Summary: Habakkuk's vision terrified him and his prayer reflects his strength of faith to rejoice while waiting for God's judgment. How strong are we to face God's judgment?
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Denomination: Friends
Views: 249
Christopher Holdsworth avatar
An Overview of the Book of Habakkuk
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Nov, 2013
Summary: The LORD gives us 'strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow'.
Scott Kircher avatar
Living By Faith when Life doesn't make Sense - Habakkuk
Shared by: Scott Kircher on Sep, 2013
Summary: When we look around and see so much evil and apparent injustice, how does a person live by faith?
Christian Cheong avatar
HABAKKUK - God of the Unexpected
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Feb, 2013
Summary: Hope in God, even when He is not doing anything. Trust in God, even when you do not understand His way. Worship God by holding on to what you know about Him.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,860
Anthony Zibolski avatar
When God seems silent
Shared by: Anthony Zibolski on May, 2012
Summary: Ever felt like when you were going through a tough time, that God seemed silent or distant? It is at that time that God does His most beneficial work in us. Teach from the prophet Habakuk the lessons of trusting the Lord during tough times.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-10
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,879
RJ Davis avatar
From Fear to Faith
Shared by: RJ Davis on May, 2012
Summary: Habakkuk's faith in God is put to the test as he tries to uncover exactly what God is up to.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Views: 3,789
David Scudder avatar
Faith Sighing
Shared by: David Scudder on May, 2012
Summary: Habakkuk does not deliver a message as much as he solves a problem. In chapter one we hear a sob, but chapter three ends with a song. Habakkuk's struggled with the same kind of problems we deal with today. Why doesn't God punish the wickedness we see ever
Series: Habakkuk
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-11
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,445
Joe Mack Cherry avatar
Habakkuk Part 1
Shared by: Joe Mack Cherry on Apr, 2012
Summary: A look at God's hand on the paddle; those He loves He chastens.
Steven Boersma avatar
Habakkuk's Disturbing Burden
Shared by: Steven Boersma on Oct, 2011
Summary: It seemed as if the Lord would not even lift a finger to save the righteous from the oppression of violent men. And so, Habakkuk wanted to know why God wouldn’t listen, why God wouldn’t help, and why God even tolerated all this.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-2:1
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 1,728
Jonathan McLeod avatar
In God We Trust
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Sep, 2011
Summary: How do I trust God even in the darkest days? Remember three facts about God.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 823
Alison Bucklin avatar
Is the Judge Unjust?
Shared by: Alison Bucklin on Jun, 2011
Summary: Why does a just God delay justice? How can a loving God allow evil? Why do we think we can judge God by our standards?
Chuck Sligh avatar
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
Shared by: Chuck Sligh on Apr, 2011
Summary: Habakkuk (along with Job and Gideon) struggled with the question of why God allows His people to suffer. God answered Habakkuk, the subject of this sermon.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,472
Monty Newton avatar
Where Is God When Life Goes Amok?
Shared by: Monty Newton on Nov, 2010
Summary: In the midst of trouble and fear, we rest in the fact that God is in his temple and the storyh is not yet complete.
Raquel Martinez avatar
Cuando el Cielo se Cierra
Shared by: Raquel Martinez on Oct, 2010
Summary: El pecado hace separacion entre Dios y el hombre. Cuando pecamos despues de haber conocido a Dios, el cielo se cierra para nosotros y no vemos respuesta a nuestra oracion
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-3
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 3,716
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Put Not Your Trust in Princes or Political Parties
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Oct, 2010
Summary: God does not call us to take political power, but to witness to the Gospel of truth, goodness and beauty, and to keep together our worship, law and ethics.
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:2-2:4
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 413
Casey Lieneman avatar
Soap in the Mouth
Shared by: Casey Lieneman on Oct, 2010
Summary: God, like loving parent, punishes because He loves.
Duane Smith avatar
Live By Faith?
Shared by: Duane Smith on Jul, 2010
Summary: The purpose for this message is to show us the need to live by faith and encourage us to start today.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:12-2:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 756
willie  hoffmann avatar
Life like Habakkuk (Sermon from 12-27-09)
Shared by: willie hoffmann on Jun, 2010
Summary: life of Habakkuk
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 532
Sterling Franklin avatar
How Long, O LORD?
Shared by: Sterling Franklin on Jun, 2010
Summary: Habakkuk asks the main question, ’How Long, O LORD?’ through a very confusing time in Judah’s history. Deals with suffering, hope, and our LORD’s sovereignty
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-2:1
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,240
Shawn Drake avatar
Can You Hear Me
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Apr, 2010
Summary: This is the 1st sermon in the series "Conversations With God". When God doesn't seem to care, what do you do?
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,904
Shawn Drake avatar
God, Are You Sure
Shared by: Shawn Drake on Apr, 2010
Summary: This is the 2nd sermon in the series "Conversations With God". When God's answer isn't what you want to hear.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:5-2:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,577