2 How long, O Lord, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save. 3 Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is [a]ignored And justice [b]is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.
5 “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days— You would not believe if [c]you were told. 6 “For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That [d]fierce and impetuous people Who march [e]throughout the earth To [f]seize dwelling places which are not theirs. 7 “They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and [g]authority [h]originate with themselves. 8 “Their horses are swifter than leopards And [i]keener than wolves in the evening. Their [j]horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour. 9 “All of them come for violence. [k]Their horde of faces moves forward. They collect captives like sand. 10 “They mock at kings And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every fortress And heap up rubble to capture it. 11 “Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god.”
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