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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]
Watch out! For I am bringing in the Chaldeans,[c]
    that cruel and impetuous[d] people,
who sweep across the earth
    dispossessing people[e] from homes not their own.

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  1. Habakkuk 1:4 Lit. are surrounding
  2. Habakkuk 1:5 The Heb. lacks down to the smallest detail
  3. Habakkuk 1:6 I.e. Babylonian invaders
  4. Habakkuk 1:6 Or rash
  5. Habakkuk 1:6 The Heb. lacks people