Habakkuk 2

Thomson(i) 1 I will stand on my watch and go up upon a rock and look around, that I may see what he will say to me and what answer I shall receive to my expostulation. 2 And the Lord answered and said, [J] Write a vision: write it distinctly in a book that the reader may trace these things; 3 for the vision is for a time yet to come. But it will spring up at last and will not be vain. Though he may tarry, wait for him; for he will assuredly come and will not fail. 4 If any one draw back my soul hath no pleasure in him. But the just shall live by faith in me. 5 Now this arrogant and contemptuous man; this man of boasts shall not exceed a certain bound. He enlarged his soul like Hades and like death was not satisfied. When he shall have gathered to him all the nations and received for himself all the peoples, 6 will they not all take up a parable against him and a fable to tell of him, saying, Woe to him who is heaping up for himself things which do not belong to him? For how long? And making his yoke grievously heavy. 7 For biters of him shall start up suddenly. And the plotters against thee shall be sober and thou shalt be plunder for them. 8 Because thou hast plundered many nations, all the remaining peoples shall plunder thee for the blood of mankind, and for the impieties of a land and a city and of all them who inhabit it. 9 Woe to him who coveteth wicked gain for his house, that he 10 may raise his nest high to be out of the reach of evils. Thou hast contrived shame for thy house; thou hast provoked many 11 peoples and thy soul hath sinned; for a stone out of a wall will cry out, and a Worm from a beam will proclaim these things. 12 Woe to him who buildeth a city with blood and furbisheth up a city with iniquities! 13 Are not these things from the Lord Almighty? When many nations have fainted by fire, and many peoples have been dispirited, 14 that the earth may be filled with a knowledge of the glory of God. Like water it will cover them. 15 Woe to him who maketh his neighbour drink a foamy intoxicating draught, making him drunk that he may inspect his caves. 16 Because of thy glory drink thou also a full draught of dishonour, and be confounded at heart and shaken. The cup of the right hand of the Lord is come round to thee and dishonour is heaped upon thy glory. 17 For the impiety at Libanus shall cover thee and the sufferings of wild beasts shall terrify thee, on the account of the blood of mankind, and for the wickedness of a land and a city and of all them who inhabit it. 18 Of what avail is a graven thing, that they have engraved it? Did one cause a molten mass, a false fantasy, to be cast, because the caster had a confidence that by casting he would make dumb idols? 19 Woe to him who saith to Wood, Awake; arise. And to stone, be thou exalted. The one is indeed a fantasy; and the other, a plating of gold and silver: there is no breath in it. 20 But the Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth be awed at his presence.