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Habakkuk 1:5-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

God’s First Answer

Look at the nations[a] and observe
be utterly astounded!
For something is taking place in your days
that you will not believe
when you hear about it.
Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,[b]
that bitter, impetuous nation
that marches across the earth’s open spaces
to seize territories not its own.
They are fierce and terrifying;
their views of justice and sovereignty
stem from themselves.
Their horses are swifter than leopards
and more fierce[c] than wolves of the night.
Their horsemen charge ahead;
their horsemen come from distant lands.
They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour.
All of them come to do violence;
their faces are set in determination.[d]
They gather prisoners like sand.
10 They mock kings,
and rulers are a joke to them.
They laugh at every fortress
and build siege ramps to capture it.
11 Then they sweep by like the wind
and pass through.
They are guilty;[e] their strength is their god.


  1. Habakkuk 1:5 DSS, LXX, Syr read Look, you treacherous people
  2. Habakkuk 1:6 = the Babylonians
  3. Habakkuk 1:8 Or and quicker
  4. Habakkuk 1:9 Hb obscure
  5. Habakkuk 1:11 Or wind, and transgress and incur guilt

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