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Why are you forcing me to look at iniquity
    and to stare at wickedness?
Social havoc and oppression are all around me;
    there are legal conflicts, and disputes abound.
Therefore, the Law has become paralyzed,
    and justice never comes about.
Because criminals outnumber[a] the righteous,
    whenever judgments are issued, they come out crooked.”

God’s Response: The Coming Chaldean Invasion

“Look out at the nations and pay attention!
    Be astounded! Be really astounded!
Because something is happening in your lifetime
    that you won’t believe, even if it were described down to the smallest detail.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 1:4 Lit. are surrounding
  2. Habakkuk 1:5 The Heb. lacks down to the smallest detail

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