The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not
hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and
cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife
 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth
compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
 Behold ye among the heathen,
and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though
it be told you.
 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through
the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.
 They are terrible and dreadful: their
judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.
 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards,
and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their
horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
 They shall come all for
violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every
strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.
 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over,
and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.
 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God,
mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God,
thou hast established them for correction.
 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not
look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when
the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
 And makest men as the fishes of
the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
 They take up all of them with the
angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is
fat, and their meat plenteous.
 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay
 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto
me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the
vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
 For the vision is yet for an appointed
time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will
 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth
his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth
unto him all people:
 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against
him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself
with thick clay!
 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee,
and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant
of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and
of all that dwell therein.
 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may
set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
 Thou hast consulted shame
to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
 For the stone shall cry
out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
 Woe to him that buildeth a town with
blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall
labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?
 For the earth shall be
filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
 Woe unto him that
giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest
look on their nakedness!
 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin
be uncovered: the cup of the LORD's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall
be on thy glory.
 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made
them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell
 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and