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Habakkuk 2:5-20 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Moreover, wine[a] betrays;
an arrogant man is never at rest.[b]
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
and like Death he is never satisfied.
He gathers all the nations to himself;
he collects all the peoples for himself.

The Five Woe Oracles

Won’t all of these take up a taunt against him,
with mockery and riddles about him?
They will say:
Woe to him who amasses what is not his—
how much longer?
and loads himself with goods taken in pledge.
Won’t your creditors suddenly arise,
and those who disturb you wake up?
Then you will become spoil for them.
Since you have plundered many nations,
all the peoples who remain will plunder you
because of human bloodshed
and violence against lands, cities,
and all who live in them.

Woe to him who dishonestly makes
wealth for his house[c]
to place his nest on high,
to escape the grasp of disaster!
10 You have planned shame for your house
by wiping out many peoples
and sinning against your own self.
11 For the stones will cry out from the wall,
and the rafters will answer them
from the woodwork.

12 Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
and founds a town with injustice!
13 Is it not from the Lord of Armies
that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire
and countries exhaust themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,
as the water covers the sea.

15 Woe to him who gives his neighbors drink,
pouring out your wrath[d]
and even making them drunk,
in order to look at their nakedness!
16 You will be filled with disgrace instead of glory.
You also—drink,
and expose your uncircumcision![e]
The cup in the Lord’s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter disgrace will cover your glory.
17 For your violence against Lebanon
will overwhelm you;
the destruction of animals will terrify you[f]
because of your human bloodshed and violence
against lands, cities, and all who live in them.

18 What use is a carved idol
after its craftsman carves it?
It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies.
For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it
and makes idols that cannot speak.
19 Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up!
or to mute stone: Come alive!
Can it teach?
Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,
yet there is no breath in it at all.

20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let the whole earth
be silent in his presence.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:5 DSS read wealth
  2. 2:5 Or man does not endure; Hb obscure
  3. 2:9 Or dynasty
  4. 2:15 Or venom
  5. 2:16 DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Vg read and stagger
  6. 2:17 DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads them
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Habakkuk 2:5-20 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Moreover, wealth[a] is treacherous;
    the arrogant do not endure.
They open their throats wide as Sheol;
    like Death they never have enough.
They gather all nations for themselves,
    and collect all peoples as their own.

The Woes of the Wicked

Shall not everyone taunt such people and, with mocking riddles, say about them,

“Alas for you who heap up what is not your own!”
    How long will you load yourselves with goods taken in pledge?
Will not your own creditors suddenly rise,
    and those who make you tremble wake up?
    Then you will be booty for them.
Because you have plundered many nations,
    all that survive of the peoples shall plunder you—
because of human bloodshed, and violence to the earth,
    to cities and all who live in them.

“Alas for you who get evil gain for your house,
    setting your nest on high
    to be safe from the reach of harm!”
10 You have devised shame for your house
    by cutting off many peoples;
    you have forfeited your life.
11 The very stones will cry out from the wall,
    and the plaster[b] will respond from the woodwork.

12 “Alas for you who build a town by bloodshed,
    and found a city on iniquity!”
13 Is it not from the Lord of hosts
    that peoples labor only to feed the flames,
    and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 But the earth will be filled
    with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
    as the waters cover the sea.

15 “Alas for you who make your neighbors drink,
    pouring out your wrath[c] until they are drunk,
    in order to gaze on their nakedness!”
16 You will be sated with contempt instead of glory.
    Drink, you yourself, and stagger![d]
The cup in the Lord’s right hand
    will come around to you,
    and shame will come upon your glory!
17 For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you;
    the destruction of the animals will terrify you—[e]
because of human bloodshed and violence to the earth,
    to cities and all who live in them.

18 What use is an idol
    once its maker has shaped it—
    a cast image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in what has been made,
    though the product is only an idol that cannot speak!
19 Alas for you who say to the wood, “Wake up!”
    to silent stone, “Rouse yourself!”
    Can it teach?
See, it is gold and silver plated,
    and there is no breath in it at all.

20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth keep silence before him!

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 2:5 Other Heb Mss read wine
  2. Habakkuk 2:11 Or beam
  3. Habakkuk 2:15 Or poison
  4. Habakkuk 2:16 Q Ms Gk: MT be uncircumcised
  5. Habakkuk 2:17 Gk Syr: Meaning of Heb uncertain
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