1The burdenwhich Habakkukthe prophetdid see. 2O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3Why dost thou shewme iniquity, and cause me to beholdgrievance? for spoilingand violence are before me: and there are that raise upstrifeand contention.
4Therefore the lawis slacked, and judgmentdoth nevergo forth: for the wickeddoth compassabout the righteous; therefore wrongjudgmentproceedeth. 5Beholdye among the heathen, and regard, and wondermarvellously: for I will worka workin your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
6For, lo, I raise upthe Chaldeans, that bitterand hastynation, which shall marchthrough the breadthof the land, to possessthe dwellingplaces that are not theirs. 7 They are terribleand dreadful: their judgmentand their dignityshall proceed of themselves. 8Their horsesalso are swifterthan the leopards, and are more fiercethan the eveningwolves: and their horsemenshall spreadthemselves, and their horsemenshall comefrom far; they shall flyas the eagle that hastethto eat. 9They shall comeall for violence: their facesshall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gatherthe captivityas the sand. 10And they shall scoffat the kings, and the princesshall be a scornunto them: they shall derideevery strong hold; for they shall heapdust, and take it. 11 Then shall his mindchange, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing thishis powerunto his god.
12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORDmy God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordainedthem for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast establishedthem for correction. 13 Thou art of purereyesthan to beholdevil, and canstnot lookon iniquity: wherefore lookestthou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tonguewhen the wickeddevoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
14And makestmenas the fishesof the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 15They take upall of them with the angle, they catchthem in their net, and gatherthem in their drag: therefore they rejoiceand are glad. 16Therefore they sacrificeunto their net, and burn incenseunto their drag; because by themtheir portion is fat, and their meatplenteous. 17Shall they therefore emptytheir net, and not sparecontinuallyto slaythe nations?