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The Lord responds

Then the Lord answered me and said,

Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet
    so that a runner can read it.[a]
        There is still a vision for the appointed time;
            it testifies to the end;
                it does not deceive.[b]
    If it delays, wait for it;
        for it is surely coming; it will not be late.
Some people’s desires are truly audacious;[c]
            they don’t do the right thing.
        But the righteous person will live honestly.

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 2:2 Or a reader can run with it
  2. Habakkuk 2:3 Heb uncertain; antecedants to pronouns in 2:3-6 are uncertain.
  3. Habakkuk 2:4 Heb uncertain

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“Write(A) down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald[a] may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time;(B)
    it speaks of the end(C)
    and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait(D) for it;
    it[b] will certainly come
    and will not delay.(E)

“See, the enemy is puffed up;
    his desires are not upright—
    but the righteous person(F) will live by his faithfulness[c](G)

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Footnotes

  1. Habakkuk 2:2 Or so that whoever reads it
  2. Habakkuk 2:3 Or Though he linger, wait for him; / he
  3. Habakkuk 2:4 Or faith

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