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The Lord Answers

The Lord answered me:
“Write down the vision;
    write it ·clearly [plainly] on clay tablets
    so whoever reads it can run to tell others.
·It is not yet time for the message to come true [L For the vision awaits an appointed time],
    ·but that time is coming soon [it hastens to the end; or it speaks about the end];
    the message will ·come true [not lie].
·It may seem like a long time,
    but [Though it tarries/lingers] be patient and wait for it,
because it will surely come;
    it will not be delayed.
[L Look; T Behold] ·The evil nation [L He] is ·very proud of itself [puffed up];
    ·it [L his soul] is not ·living as it should [upright].
But ·those who are right with God [the righteous] will live ·by faith [or because of their faithfulness; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38].

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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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