Why do You make me (A)see iniquity,
And cause me to look on wickedness?
Yes, (B)destruction and violence are before me;
(C)Strife exists and contention arises.
Therefore the (D)law is [a]ignored
And justice [b]is never upheld.
For the wicked (E)surround the righteous;
Therefore justice comes out (F)perverted.

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  1. Habakkuk 1:4 Or ineffective; lit numbed
  2. Habakkuk 1:4 Lit never goes forth