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Habakkuk 1:5-11 Common English Bible (CEB)

The Lord responds

Look among the nations and watch!
        Be astonished and stare
            because something is happening in your days
                that you wouldn’t believe even if told.
I am about to rouse the Chaldeans,
        that bitter and impetuous nation,
            which travels throughout the earth to possess dwelling places it does not own.
The Chaldean is dreadful and fearful.
        He makes his own justice and dignity.[a]
His horses are faster than leopards;
        they are quicker than wolves of the evening.
    His horsemen charge forward;
        his horsemen come from far away.
            They fly in to devour, swiftly, like an eagle.[b]
They come for violence,
        the horde with all their faces set toward the desert.[c]
He takes captives like sand.
10     He makes fun of kings;
rulers are ridiculous to him.
        He laughs at every fortress,
            then he piles up dirt and takes it.
11 He passes through like the wind and invades;
        but he will be held guilty,
            the one whose strength is his god.

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 1:7 Or his justice and dignity come from him
  2. Habakkuk 1:8 Or vulture
  3. Habakkuk 1:9 Heb uncertain
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