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For I am raising up the Chaldeans,
    that bitter and hasty nation
which marches through the breadth of the earth,
    to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful;
    their justice and their dignity
    proceed from themselves.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
    more fierce than evening wolves.
Their horsemen charge on;
    their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like the eagle that hastens to eat.

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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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