Habakkuk 2
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1I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the ramparts. I will watch to see what He will say to me and how I will answer my reproof.1I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.
2Then the LORD answered me: “Write down this vision and clearly inscribe it on tablets, so that a herald may run with it.2And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
3For the vision awaits an appointed time; it testifies of the end, and will not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it, since it will surely come and not delay.3For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
4Look at the proud one; his soul is not upright—but the righteous will live by his faith—4“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5furthermore, wine betrays; an arrogant man is never at rest. He enlarges his appetite like Sheol, and like Death, he is never satisfied. He gathers all nations to himself and collects all the peoples as his own.5“Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples.”
6Will not all of these take up a taunt against him, with mockery and riddles against him, saying: ‘Woe to him who amasses what is not his and makes himself rich with many loans! How long will this go on?’6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own— for how long?— and loads himself with pledges!”
7Will not your creditors suddenly arise and those who disturb you awaken? Then you will become their prey.7Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them.
8Because you have plundered many nations, the remnant of the people will plunder you for your bloodshed against man and your violence against the land and city and all their dwellers.8Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
9Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, to place his nest on high and escape the hand of disaster!9“Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm!
10You have plotted shame for your house by cutting off many peoples and sinning against your soul.10You have devised shame for your house by cutting off many peoples; you have forfeited your life.
11For the stones will cry out from the wall, and the rafters will echo it from the woodwork.11For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by iniquity!12“Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity!
13Is it not indeed from the LORD of Hosts that the labor of the people only feeds the fire, and nations weary themselves in vain?13Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.14For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
15Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin until they are drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!15“Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink— you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16You will be filled with shame instead of glory. You too must drink and expose your uncircumcision! The cup in the LORD’s right hand will come around to you, and utter disgrace will cover your glory.16You will have your fill of shame instead of glory. Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision! The cup in the LORD’s right hand will come around to you, and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17For your violence against Lebanon will overwhelm you, and the destruction of animals will terrify you, because of the blood of men and violence against lands, cities, and everyone in them.17The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
18What use is an idol, that a craftsman should carve it—or an image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.18“What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!
19Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awaken!’ or to silent stone, ‘Come alive!’ Can it give guidance? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, yet there is no breath in it at all.19Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.
20But the LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.”20But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”
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