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The King James Bible


Book 35    Habakkuk
001:001 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
001:002 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry
        out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
001:003 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold
        grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there
        are that raise up strife and contention.
001:004 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go
        forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous;
        therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
001:005 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder
        marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will
        not believe, though it be told you.
001:006 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 their's.
001:007 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their
        dignity shall proceed of themselves.
001:008 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 hasteth to eat.
001:009 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as
        the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the
        sand.
001:010 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 take it.
001:011 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and
        offend, imputing this his power unto his god.
001:012 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One?
        we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for
        judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for
        correction.
001:013 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look
        on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal
        treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked
        devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
001:014 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping
        things, that have no ruler over them?
001:015 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.
001:016 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto
        their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their
        meat plenteous.
001:017 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare
        continually to slay the nations?
002:001 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.
002:002 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make
        it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
002:003 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.
002:004 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but
        the just shall live by his faith.
002:005 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man,
        neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and
        is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him
        all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
002:006 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a
        taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that
        increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that
        ladeth himself with thick clay!
002:007 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and
        awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto
        them?
002:008 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the
        people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the
        violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell
        therein.
002:009 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house,
        that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered
        from the power of evil!
002:010 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many
        people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
002:011 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of
        the timber shall answer it.
002:012 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a
        city by iniquity!
002:013 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall
        labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves
        for very vanity?
002:014 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory
        of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
002:015 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy
        bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest
        look on their nakedness!
002:016 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let
        thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD's right hand
        shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on
        thy glory.
002:017 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, 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 therein.
002:018 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath
        graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the
        maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
002:019 Woe unto him that saith 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.
002:020 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep
        silence before him.
003:001 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
003:002 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD,
        revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the
        years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
003:003 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah.
        His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his
        praise.
003:004 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out
        of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
003:005 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth
        at his feet.
003:006 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.
003:007 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of
        the land of Midian did tremble.
003:008 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger
        against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou
        didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
003:009 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the
        tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with
        rivers.
003:010 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of
        the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up
        his hands on high.
003:011 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light
        of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy
        glittering spear.
003:012 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst
        thresh the heathen in anger.
003:013 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for
        salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of
        the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto
        the neck. Selah.
003:014 Thou didst 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.
003:015 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the
        heap of great waters.
003:016 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
        cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his
        troops.
003:017 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:
003:018 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my
        salvation.
003:019 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like
        hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high
        places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.