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Habakkuk Complains Again

12 Holy Lord God, mighty rock,[a]
you are eternal,
    and we[b] are safe from death.
You are using those Babylonians
    to judge and punish others.[c]
13 But you can’t stand sin or wrong.
So don’t sit by in silence
    while they gobble down people
who are better than they are.

14 The people you put on this earth
are like fish or reptiles
    without a leader.
15 Then an enemy comes along
and takes them captive
    with hooks and nets.
It makes him so happy
16 that he offers sacrifices
    to his fishing nets,
because they make him rich
    and provide choice foods.
17 Will he keep hauling in his nets
and destroying nations
    without showing mercy?

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.[d]
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.”[e]

Footnotes

  1. 1.12 mighty rock: The Hebrew text has “rock,” which is sometimes used in poetry to compare the Lord to a mountain where his people can run for protection from their enemies.
  2. 1.12 we: Hebrew; one ancient Jewish tradition “you.”
  3. 1.12 You. . . others: Or “You will judge and punish those Babylonians.”
  4. 2.1 I. . . complaint: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. 2.4 Only. . . me: Or “But those who are acceptable to me will live because of their faithfulness.”