1The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
2How long, O Lord, shall I cry out, and thou wilt not hearken? how long shall I cry out to thee being injured, and thou wilt not save?
3Wherefore hast thou shown me troubles and griefs to look upon, misery and ungodliness? judgment is before me, and the judge receives a reward.
4Therefore the law is frustrated, and judgment proceeds not effectually, for the ungodly man prevails over the just; therefore perverse judgment will proceed.
5Behold, ye despisers, and look, and wonder marvelously, and vanish: for I work a work in your days, which ye will in nowise believe, though a man declare it to you.
6Wherefore, behold, I stir up the Chaldeans, the bitter and hasty nation, that walks upon the breadth of the earth, to inherit tabernacles not his own.
7He is terrible and famous; his judgment shall proceed of himself, and his dignity shall come out of himself.
8And his horses shall bound more swiftly than leopards, and they are fiercer than the wolves of Arabia: and his horsemen shall ride forth, and shall rush from far; and they shall fly as an eagle hastening to eat.
9Destruction shall come upon ungodly men, resisting with their adverse front, and he shall gather the captivity as the sand.
10And he shall be at his ease with kings, and princes are his toys, and he shall mock at every stronghold, and shall cast a mound, and take possession of it.
11Then shall he change his spirit, and he shall pass through, and make an atonement, saying, This strength belongs to my god.
12Art not thou from the beginning, O Lord God, my Holy One? and surely we shall not die. O Lord, thou hast established it for judgment, and he has formed me to chasten with his correction.
13His eye is too pure to behold evil doings, and to look upon grievous afflictions: wherefore dost thou look upon despisers? wilt thou be silent when the ungodly swallows up the just?
14And wilt thou make men as the fish of the sea, and as the reptiles which have no guide?
15He has brought up destruction with a hook, and drawn one with a casting net, and caught another in his drags: therefore shall his heart rejoice and be glad.
16Therefore will he sacrifice to his drag, and burn incense to his casting net, because by them he has made his portion fat, and his meats choice.
17Therefore will he cast his net, and will not spare to slay the nations continually.