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Habakkuk 1:12-2:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Habakkuk’s Second Prayer

12 Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God?
My Holy One, You[a] will not die.
Lord, You appointed them to execute judgment;
my Rock, You destined them to punish us.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil,
and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous?
Why are You silent
while one[b] who is wicked swallows up
one[c] who is more righteous than himself?
14 You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea,
like marine creatures that have no ruler.
15 The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook,
catch them in their dragnet,
and gather them in their fishing net;
that is why they are glad and rejoice.
16 That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet
and burn incense to their fishing net,
for by these things their portion is rich
and their food plentiful.
17 Will they therefore empty their net[d]
and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

Habakkuk Waits for God’s Response

I will stand at my guard post
and station myself on the lookout tower.
I will watch to see what He will say to me
and what I should[e] reply about my complaint.


  1. Habakkuk 1:12 Ancient Jewish tradition reads we
  2. Habakkuk 1:13 = Babylon
  3. Habakkuk 1:13 = Judah
  4. Habakkuk 1:17 DSS read sword
  5. Habakkuk 2:1 Syr reads what He will

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