VIN(i) 1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2 How long, O LORD (YHWH), will I call for help and you do not hear? I cry out to you, save me from violence! And yet you do not save. 3 Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity? For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention rises up. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails; for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice comes out perverted. 5 Look among the nations and see, and be amazed. Be amazed! For a work is working in your days which you will not believe, though it be told to you. 6 Watch out! For I am bringing in the Chaldeans, that cruel and impetuous people, who sweep across the earth dispossessing people from homes not their own. 7 "They are feared and dreaded. Their justice and dignity are of their own being. 8 Their horses are more swift than leopards; they are more menacing than wolves at dusk. Their horsemen gallop; their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle that is swift to devour. 9 All of them come for violence. Their hordes face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand. 10 "They scoff at kings, and princes are derision to them. They laugh at every stronghold, for they build earthen ramps and capture them. 11 Then he sweeps by like the wind, and goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is his god." 12 Aren't you from everlasting, LORD my God, my Holy One? We will not die. LORD, you have appointed him for judgment. You, Rock, have established him to punish. 13 Your eyes are too pure to see evil, and you are not able to look at wrongdoing. Why do you look at the treacherous? Why are you silent when the wicked swallows up someone more righteous than him? 14 You have fashioned mankind like fish in the ocean, like creeping things that have no ruler. 15 He takes up all of them with the hook; he catches them in his net, and gathers them in his dragnet. Therefore he rejoices and is glad. 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net, and burns incense to his dragnet, because by them his life is luxurious, and his food is good. 17 Will they keep on emptying their nets and keep on destroying nations without mercy?