(A)Look among the nations! Watch!
Be horrified! (B)Be frightened speechless!
For I am accomplishing (C)a work in your days—
You would not believe it even if [a]you were told!
For behold, I am (D)raising up the Chaldeans,
That [b]grim and impetuous people
Who march [c]throughout the earth,
To (E)take possession of dwelling places that are not theirs.
They are terrifying and (F)feared;
Their (G)justice and [d]authority [e]originate with themselves.
Their (H)horses are faster than leopards,
And quicker than (I)wolves in the evening.
Their [f]horsemen charge along,
Their [g]horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an (J)eagle [h]swooping down to devour.
All of them come for violence.
[i]Their horde of (K)faces moves forward.
They gather captives like sand.
10 They (L)make fun of kings,
And dignitaries are an object of laughter to them.
They (M)laugh at every fortress,
Then (N)heap up dirt and [j]capture it.
11 Then they fly along like the (O)wind and pass on.
But they will be held (P)guilty,
They whose (Q)strength is their god.”

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  1. Habakkuk 1:5 Lit it
  2. Habakkuk 1:6 Lit bitter
  3. Habakkuk 1:6 Lit the breadth of
  4. Habakkuk 1:7 Lit sovereignty
  5. Habakkuk 1:7 Lit proceed from
  6. Habakkuk 1:8 Or horses
  7. Habakkuk 1:8 Or horses
  8. Habakkuk 1:8 Lit hurrying to
  9. Habakkuk 1:9 Lit The totality of
  10. Habakkuk 1:10 Or overthrow

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