THE BOOK OF HABAKKUK

Another example of Intelligent Design or Divine Design in the scriptures
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CHAPTERS

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    Habakkuk 1

1  THE burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
2  O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!
   Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
3  Why dost thou show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance?
   For spoiling and violence are before me, they that raise up strife and contention.
4  Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth;
   For the wicked doth compass about the righteous;
   Therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
5  Behold ye among the heathen,
   And regard, and wonder marvelously;
   For I will accomplish a work in your days,
   Which ye will not believe, though it be told unto you.
6  For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation,
   Which shall march through all the breadth of the land,
   To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
7  They are terrible and dreadful;
   And their judgment shall proceed them.
8  Their horses also are swifter than leopards,
   And are more fierce than the ravenous evening wolves;
   And their horsemen shall spread themselves, and shall come from far;
   They shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat; they shall all come for violence;
   Their forces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them;
   They shall deride strongholds; for they shall heap up ramps, and take it.
11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend,
   Imputing this, his power to overcome, unto his god.
12 Art thou not from the 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.
13 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?
14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea,
   As the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?
15 They take up all of them with angle, they catch them in their net,
   And gather them up in their drag; therefore they rejoice and are glad.
16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag;
   Because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.
17 Shall they therefore empty their net,
   And not spare continually to slay the nations?


   Habakkuk 2

1  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.
2  And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets,
   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 not tarry.
4  Behold, his soul which is lifted up,
   Is not upright in him;
   But the just shall live by his faith.
5  Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man,
   Neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desires as hell, and is as death,
   And cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people;
6  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! for how long?
   And to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!
7  Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee,
   And awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
8  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.
9  Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high,
   That he may be safe from the powers of destruction!
10 Thou hast directed shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the woodwork shall answer it.
12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by his iniquity!
13 Behold, it is not of the LORD of hosts that people's labor is for a fire,
   And the people shall weary themselves for utterly nothing;
   For the earth shall be filled with knowledge,
   Of the glory of the LORD, even as the waters cover the sea.
15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest his bottle to him,
   And makest him drunken, that thou mayest look on nakedness!
16 Thou art filled with shame and not glory;
   Drink thou also and let thy foreskin be uncovered;
   The cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee,
   And the shameful spewing shall be upon thy glory.
17 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,
   And of the city and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profiteth the graven image,
   That the maker thereof hath graven it;
   And the molten image, and the teacher of lies,
   That the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise; it shall teach?
   Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.


    Habakkuk 3

1  A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
2  O LORD, I have heard thy speech and was afraid;
   O LORD, renew thy work in the midst of the years,
   in the midst of years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
3  God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah.
   His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
4  And his brightness was as the light; he had power coming out of his hand;
   and there was hiding of his power; before him went pestilence,
   and burning coals went forth at his feet.
6  He stood and measured the earth;
   he beheld and drove asunder the nations;
   and the everlasting mountains were scattered,
   the perpetual hills did bow; for his ways are everlasting.
7  I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; the curtains of Midian did tremble.
8  Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers?
   was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses,
   and thy chariots of salvation? and thy bow was uncovered,
   and the arrows were put to the string. Selah.
   Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw thee and trembled; the overflowing waters passed by;
   the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation;
   at the light of thine arrows they went,
   and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation,
   thou didst thresh the heathen and earth in your anger.
13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people,
   even for the salvation of thine anointed;
   thou woundedst the head of the house of the wicked,    `
    by discovering the foundation thereof unto the neck. Selah.
14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the heads of his villages;
   they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me; their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the sound of his voice;
   rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself,
   that I might rest in that day of trouble;
   when he cometh up unto the people,
   he will invade them with his troops.
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
   neither shall fruit be upon the vines;
   the labor of the olive shall fail,
   and the fields shall yield no food;
   the flock shall be cut off from the fold,
   and there shall be no herd remaining in the stalls;
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, and joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet sure like hinds' feet,
   and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
   To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.