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January 17, 2010 Series: Habakkuk

Topic: Biblical Passage: Habakkuk 1:12–2:20

12O Lord, are you not from everlasting? 

My God, my Holy One, we will not die. 

O Lord, you have appointed them to execute judgment; 

O Rock, you have ordained them to punish. 

13Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; 

you cannot tolerate wrong. 

Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? 

Why are you silent while the wicked 

swallow up those more righteous than themselves? 

14You have made men like fish in the sea, 

like sea creatures that have no ruler. 

15The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, 

he catches them in his net, 

he gathers them up in his dragnet; 

and so he rejoices and is glad. 

16Therefore he sacrifices to his net 

and burns incense to his dragnet, 

for by his net he lives in luxury 

and enjoys the choicest food. 

17Is he to keep on emptying his net, 

destroying nations without mercy? 


2I will stand at my watch 

and station myself on the ramparts; 

I will look to see what he will say to me, 

and what answer I am to give to this complaint.a

The Lord’s Answer

2 Then the Lord replied: 

“Write down the revelation 

and make it plain on tablets 

so that a heralda may run with it. 

3For the revelation awaits an appointed time; 

it speaks of the end 

and will not prove false. 

Though it linger, wait for it; 

itb will certainly come and will not delay. 

4“See, he is puffed up; 

his desires are not upright— 

but the righteous will live by his faithc— 

5indeed, wine betrays him; 

he is arrogant and never at rest. 

Because he is as greedy as the graved

and like death is never satisfied, 

he gathers to himself all the nations 

and takes captive all the peoples. 

6 “Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, 

“ ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods 

and makes himself wealthy by extortion! 

How long must this go on?’ 

7Will not your debtorse suddenly arise? 

Will they not wake up and make you tremble? 

Then you will become their victim. 

8Because you have plundered many nations, 

the peoples who are left will plunder you. 

For you have shed man’s blood; 

you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. 

9“Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain 

to set his nest on high, 

to escape the clutches of ruin! 

10You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, 

shaming your own house and forfeiting your life. 

11The stones of the wall will cry out, 

and the beams of the woodwork will echo it. 

12“Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed 

and establishes a town by crime! 

13Has not the Lord Almighty determined 

that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, 

that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? 

14For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, 

as the waters cover the sea. 

15“Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, 

pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, 

so that he can gaze on their naked bodies. 

16You will be filled with shame instead of glory. 

Now it is your turn! Drink and be exposedf

The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, 

and disgrace will cover your glory. 

17The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, 

and your destruction of animals will terrify you. 

For you have shed man’s blood; 

you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them. 

18“Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? 

Or an image that teaches lies? 

For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; 

he makes idols that cannot speak. 

19Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ 

Or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ 

Can it give guidance? 

It is covered with gold and silver; 

there is no breath in it. 

20But the Lord is in his holy temple; 

let all the earth be silent before him.” 

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