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Habakkuk 2:5-14 Common English Bible (CEB)

Moreover, wine betrays an arrogant man.
        He doesn’t rest.
        He opens his jaws[a] like the grave;[b]
            like death, he is never satisfied.
He gathers all nations to himself
        and collects all peoples for himself.
Won’t everyone tell parables about him
        or mocking poems concerning him?

They will say:

Doom to the one who multiplies what doesn’t belong to him
    and who increases his own burden.
    How long?
Won’t they suddenly rise up to bite you?
        Those who frighten you will awaken;
            you will become plunder for them.
Since you yourself have plundered many nations,
        all the rest of the peoples will plunder you
            because of the human bloodshed
            and the violence done to the earth,
            to every village, and to all its inhabitants.

Doom to the one making evil gain for his own house,
        for putting his own nest up high,
        for delivering himself from the grasp of calamity.
10 You plan shame for your own house,
        cutting off many peoples
        and sinning against your own life.
11 A stone will cry out from a village wall,
        and a tree branch will respond.
12 Pity the one building a city with bloodshed
        and founding a village with injustice.
13 Look, isn’t this from the Lord of heavenly forces?
Peoples grow weary from making just enough fire;
        nations become tired for nothing.[c]
14 But the land will be full of the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,
        just as water covers the sea.


  1. Habakkuk 2:5 Or throat
  2. Habakkuk 2:5 Heb Sheol
  3. Habakkuk 2:13 Heb uncertain
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