Look! I am raising up(A) the Chaldeans,[a]
that bitter,(B) impetuous nation
that marches across the earth’s open spaces
to seize territories not its own.
They are fierce(C) and terrifying;
their views of justice and sovereignty
stem from themselves.
Their horses are swifter(D) than leopards(E)
and more fierce[b] than wolves of the night.
Their horsemen charge ahead;
their horsemen come from distant lands.
They fly like an eagle, swooping to devour.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 1:6 = the Babylonians
  2. Habakkuk 1:8 Or and quicker

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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