Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized.
1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
2 O YHWH,
how long shall I cry, and you will not hear! even cry out unto you of
violence, and you will not save!
3 Why do you show me iniquity, and
cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and
there are that raise up strife and contention.
4 Therefore the law is
slacked, and judgment does never go forth: for the wicked does compass about
the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceeds.
5 Behold you among the
heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your
days, which you will not believe, though it be told you.
6 For, lo, I raise
up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the
breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall
proceed of themselves.
8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards,
and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread
themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the
eagle that hastens to eat.
9 They shall come all for violence: their faces
shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the
10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn
unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and
11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend,
imputing this his power unto his eloah.
12 Are you not from everlasting, O
YHWH my Elohim, my Holy One? we shall not die. O YHWH, you have ordained them
for judgment; and, O mighty Cliff, you have established them for correction.
13 You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and can not look on
iniquity: wherefore look you upon those who deal treacherously, and
hold your tongue when the wicked devours the man that is more righteous
14 And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things,
that have no ruler over them?
15 They take up all of them with the angle,
they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they
rejoice and are glad.
16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn
incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat
17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare
continually to slay the nations?
1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me
upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I
shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And YHWH answered me, and said, Write
the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall
speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
it will not tarry.
4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in
him: but the just shall live by his faith.
5 Yes also, because he
transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who
enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but
gathers unto him all nations, and heaps unto him all people:
6 Shall not
all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him,
and say, Woe to him that increases that which is not his! how long? and to
him that ladens himself with thick clay!
7 Shall they not rise up suddenly
that shall bite you, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for
booties unto them?
8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant
of the people shall spoil you; because of men's blood, and for the violence
of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that
covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high,
that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
10 You have consulted
shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the
timber shall answer it.
12 Woe to him that builds a town with blood, and
stablishesa city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of YHWH of hosts
that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary
themselves for very vanity?
14 For the earth shall be filled with the
knowledge of the glory of YHWH, as the waters cover the sea.
15 Woe unto
him that gives his neighbour drink, that put your bottle to him, and
make him drunken also, that you may look on their nakedness!
are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be
uncovered: the cup of YHWH's right hand shall be turned unto you, and
shameful spewing shall be on your glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall
cover you, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's
blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell
18 What profits the graven image that the maker thereof has
graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work
trusts therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that said to the
wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over
with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
20 But YHWH is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before
1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
2 O YHWH, I
have heard your speech, and was afraid: O YHWH, revive your work in the midst of
the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
3 Eloah came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory
covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
4 And his
brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there
was the hiding of his power.
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning
coals went forth at his feet.
6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld,
and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered,
the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
7 I saw the tents of
Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8 Was YHWH displeased against the rivers? was your anger against the
rivers? was your wrath against the sea, that you did ride upon your horses
and your chariots of salvation?
9 Your bow was made quite naked, according to
the oaths of the tribes, even your word. Selah. You did cleave the earth
10 The mountains saw you, and they trembled: the overflowing
of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on
11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of
your arrows they went, and at the shining of your glittering spear.
did march through the land in indignation, you did thresh the heathen in
13 You went forth for the salvation of your people, even for
salvation with your anointed; you wounded the head out of the house of the
wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
14 You did
strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a
whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
15 You did walk through the sea with your horses, through the heap of
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the
voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I
might rest in the day of trouble: when he comes up unto the people, he will
invade them with his troops.
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and
the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and
there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in YHWH, I
will joy in the Elohim of my salvation.
19 YHWH Adonay is my strength, and he
will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high
places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
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