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Watch out! For I am bringing in the Chaldeans,[a]
    that cruel and impetuous[b] people,
who sweep across the earth
    dispossessing people[c] from homes not their own.
They are terrible and fearsome;
    their brand of justice and sense of honor derive only from themselves!
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
    and more cunning than wolves that attack at night.
Their horsemen are galloping
    as they approach from far away.
They swoop in like ravenous vultures.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 1:6 I.e. Babylonian invaders
  2. Habakkuk 1:6 Or rash
  3. Habakkuk 1:6 The Heb. lacks people
  4. Habakkuk 1:8 Or eagles

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