Habakkuk 1:1-11View Full Chapter
1The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.
Habakkuk’s Complaint 2How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
3Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
The LORD’s Answer 5“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.
6I am raising up the Babylonians,
7They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
8Their 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;
9they all come intent on violence. Their hordes
10They mock kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; by building earthen ramps they capture them.
11Then they sweep past like the wind and go on— guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”