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Habakkuk: Chapter 2

To Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, is shown that he must wait by faith, 1-4. The judgment upon the Chaldean for insatiableness, 5-8, for covetousness, 9-11, for cruelty, 12-14, for drunkenness, 15-17, and for idolatry, 18-20.

1 I will stand upon my watch-post, and seat myself upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say to me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

2 And the LORD answered me, and said, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, so that he may run who reads it.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie. Though it may linger, wait for it, because it will surely come. It will not delay.

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up, is not upright in him, but the just shall live by his faith.

5 And also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man and does not rest. He enlarges his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied. He gathers to himself all nations, and collects to himself all people.

6 Shall all these not take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, 'Woe to him who increases that which is not his and to him who lades himself with thick clay! How long?'

7 Shall they not rise suddenly who bite you, and awake who disturb you, and you shall be for plunder to them?

8 Because you have laid waste many nations, all the remnant of the people shall lay you waste, because of men's blood and for the violence done to the land, to the city, and to all who dwell therein.

9 Woe to him who covets an evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high, to be delivered from the power of evil!

10 You have devised shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your soul.

11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

12 Woe to him who builds a town with blood, and establishes a city by iniquity!

13 Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that the people labor in the fire, and the people weary themselves for vanity?

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

15 Woe to him who gives his neighbor drink, pouring out your bottle to him, and also making him drunk, so that you may look at their nakedness!

16 You are filled with shame, and not glory. You shall also drink, and let your uncircumcision be uncovered. The cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned to you, and shameful vomiting shall be on your glory.

17 For the violence done to Lebanon shall overwhelm you, and the destruction of the beasts that made them afraid, because of men's blood and for the violence done to the land, to the city, and to all who dwell therein.

18 What profit is the engraved image when its maker has engraved it—the molten image, and a teacher of lies—that the maker trusts in what he has formed, making mute idols?

19 Woe to him who says to the wood, 'Awake,' to the mute stone, 'Arise.' It shall teach! Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

20 But the LORD is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him."