1I am Habakkuk, a prophet. This is the message that Yahweh gave to me in a vision.
2I said, “Yahweh, how long must I continue to call to you for help before you respond? I cry out to you for help, saying that people are acting violently everywhere, but you do not rescue us!
3◄Must I/I do not want to► continue seeing people doing what is unjust RHQ. Why do you not punish people who are doing what is wrong RHQ? I see people destroying things and acting violently. There is fighting and quarreling everywhere.
4No one obeys laws PRS, and judges PRS never do what is fair/just. Wicked people always defeat righteous people in the courts, with the result that matters are never decided fairly/justly.”
5Yahweh replied to me, “ I know that what you say is true, but look around at what is happening in the other nations; if you look, you will be amazed, because I am doing something during this time that you would not believe would happen, even if someone told you about it.
6The soldiers of Babylonia are fierce/cruel and swift. And now I am causing them to become very powerful; they will march across the world and conquer many other countries.
7They are people whom others fear very much DOU, and they do whatever they want to, paying no attention to the laws of other countries.
8The horses that pull their chariots go faster than leopards, and they are fiercer than wolves are in the evening. The horses on which the soldiers ride gallop swiftly; the soldiers riding them come from distant places. They are like SIM eagles that swoop down to snatch and kill small animals.
9As they ride along, they are determined to act violently. They advance like SIM a wind from the desert, gathering prisoners that are as numerous as grains of sand.
10They make fun of kings and princes of other countries, and they ridicule all the cities that have high walls around them. They pile dirt outside those walls in order to climb up and capture those cities.
11They rush past like the wind, and then they go to attack other cities. But they are very guilty, because they think that their own power is their god.”
12Then I said, “Yahweh, you have certainly RHQ always/forever been God. You are my Holy One; you will not die. So why have you appointed those men from Babylonia to judge and get rid of us? You are like MET a huge rock under which we are protected/safe, so why have you sent them to punish us?
13You SYN are pure, and you cannot endure looking at what is evil, so why are you ignoring men who are treacherous? Why do you do nothing to punish those wicked men from Babylonia who destroy people who are more righteous than they are?
14Do you consider that we are like fish in the sea, or like other creatures in the sea, that have no ruler?
15The soldiers of Babylonia think that we are fish RHQ for them to pull out of the sea with hooks or to catch in their nets, while they rejoice and celebrate.
16If they catch us, they will worship their weapons MET with which they captured us, and offer sacrifices to them and burn incense in front of them! They will say ‘Those weapons have enabled us to become rich and be able to eat expensive food.’
17Will you allow them to continue to conquer people MET forever? Will you allow them to destroy people of other nations without their being merciful to anyone?”