“Will not all these (A)take up a proverb against him,
And a taunting riddle against him, and say,
‘Woe to him who increases
What is not his—how long?
And to him who loads himself with [a]many pledges’?
Will not [b]your creditors rise up suddenly?
Will they not awaken who oppress you?
And you will become their booty.
(B)Because you have plundered many nations,
All the remnant of the people shall plunder you,
Because of men’s [c]blood
And the violence of the land and the city,
And of all who dwell in it.

“Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house,
That he may (C)set his nest on high,
That he may be delivered from the [d]power of disaster!
10 You give shameful counsel to your house,
Cutting off many peoples,
And sin against your soul.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,
And the beam from the timbers will answer it.

12 “Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed,
Who establishes a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts
That the peoples labor [e]to feed the fire,
And nations weary themselves in vain?
14 For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.

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  1. Habakkuk 2:6 Syr., Vg. thick clay
  2. Habakkuk 2:7 Lit. those who bite you
  3. Habakkuk 2:8 Or bloodshed
  4. Habakkuk 2:9 Lit. hand of evil
  5. Habakkuk 2:13 Lit. for what satisfies fire, for what is of no lasting value

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