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I am Habakkuk the prophet. And this is the message[a] that the Lord gave me.

Habakkuk Complains to the Lord

Our Lord, how long must I beg
for your help
    before you listen?
How long before you save us
    from all this violence?
Why do you make me watch
    such terrible injustice?
Why do you allow violence,
lawlessness,
crime, and cruelty
    to spread everywhere?
Laws cannot be enforced;
    justice is always the loser;
criminals crowd out honest people
    and twist the laws around.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.1 message: Or “vision.”

The Lord Answers Habakkuk Again

While standing guard
    on the watchtower,
I waited for the Lord’s answer,
before explaining the reason
    for my complaint.[a]
Then the Lord told me:
“I will give you my message
    in the form of a vision.
Write it clearly enough
    to be read at a glance.
At the time I have decided,
    my words will come true.
You can trust what I say
    about the future.
It may take a long time,
but keep on waiting—
    it will happen!

“I, the Lord, refuse to accept
    anyone who is proud.
Only those who live by faith
    are acceptable to me.”[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 2.1 I. . . complaint: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 2.4 Only. . . me: Or “But those who are acceptable to me will live because of their faithfulness.”