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Habakkuk 1:1-7 Common English Bible (CEB)

The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

The prophet complains

Lord, how long will I call for help and you not listen?
        I cry out to you, “Violence!”
            but you don’t deliver us.
Why do you show me injustice and look at anguish
        so that devastation and violence are before me?
There is strife, and conflict abounds.
        The Instruction is ineffective.
            Justice does not endure
            because the wicked surround the righteous.
        Justice becomes warped.

The Lord responds

Look among the nations and watch!
        Be astonished and stare
            because something is happening in your days
                that you wouldn’t believe even if told.
I am about to rouse the Chaldeans,
        that bitter and impetuous nation,
            which travels throughout the earth to possess dwelling places it does not own.
The Chaldean is dreadful and fearful.
        He makes his own justice and dignity.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 1:7 Or his justice and dignity come from him
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Habakkuk 2:1-4 Common English Bible (CEB)

I will take my post;
        I will position myself on the fortress.
        I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me
        and how he[a] will respond to my complaint.

The Lord responds

Then the Lord answered me and said,

Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet
    so that a runner can read it.[b]
        There is still a vision for the appointed time;
            it testifies to the end;
                it does not deceive.[c]
    If it delays, wait for it;
        for it is surely coming; it will not be late.
Some people’s desires are truly audacious;[d]
            they don’t do the right thing.
        But the righteous person will live honestly.

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 2:1 Syr he; MT I
  2. Habakkuk 2:2 Or a reader can run with it
  3. Habakkuk 2:3 Heb uncertain; antecedants to pronouns in 2:3-6 are uncertain.
  4. Habakkuk 2:4 Heb uncertain
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Habakkuk 3:17-19 Common English Bible (CEB)

17 Though the fig tree doesn’t bloom,
            and there’s no produce on the vine;
        though the olive crop withers,
            and the fields don’t provide food;
        though the sheep are cut off from the pen,
            and there are no cattle in the stalls;
18 I will rejoice in the Lord.
        I will rejoice in the God of my deliverance.
19 The Lord God is my strength.
        He will set my feet like the deer.
        He will let me walk upon the heights.[a]

To the director, with stringed instruments

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 3:19 Or my heights
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