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I will ·use [raise up] the ·Babylonians [L Chaldeans],
    those ·cruel [ruthless; bitter] and ·wild [impetuous; hasty] people
who march across the earth
    and ·take lands [L seize dwellings] that don’t belong to them.
They scare and ·frighten [terrify] people.
    ·They do what they want to do
    and are good only to themselves [L Their justice/judgment and dignity proceed from themselves].
Their horses are faster than leopards
    and ·quicker [fiercer] than wolves ·at sunset [L of the evening].
Their ·horse soldiers [cavalry] attack quickly;
    they come from places far away.
They attack quickly, like an ·eagle [or vulture] ·swooping down for food [swift to devour].

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I am raising up the Babylonians,[a](A)
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth(B)
    to seize dwellings not their own.(C)
They are a feared and dreaded people;(D)
    they are a law to themselves
    and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter(E) than leopards,
    fiercer than wolves(F) at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
    their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like an eagle swooping to devour;

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 1:6 Or Chaldeans

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