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HABAKKUK

And awake that shall violently shake thee,
And thou shalt be for booties unto them?
8Because thou hast spoiled many nations,
All the remnant of the peoples shall spoil thee;
Because of men's blood, and for the violence done to the land,
To the city and to all that dwell therein.
 
9Woe to him that gaineth evil gains for his house,
That he may set his nest on high,
That he may be delivered from the power of evil!
10Thou hast devised shame to thy house,
By cutting off many peoples,
And hast forfeited thy life.
11For the stone shall cry out of the wall,
And the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
 
12Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood,
And establisheth a city by iniquity!
13Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts
That the peoples labour for the fire,
And the nations weary themselves for vanity?
14For the earth shall be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.
 
15Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink,
That puttest thy venom thereto, and makest him drunken also,
That thou mayest look on their nakedness!
16Thou art filled with shame instead of glory,
Drink thou also, and be uncovered;
The cup of the Lord's right hand shall be turned unto thee,
And filthiness shall be upon thy glory.
17For the violence done to Lebanon shall cover thee,
And the destruction of the beasts, which made them afraid,
Because of men's blood, and for the violence done to the land,
To the city and to all that dwell therein.
 
18What profiteth the graven image,
That the maker thereof hath graven it,
Even the molten image, and the teacher of lies;
That the maker of his work trusteth therein,
To make dumb idols?
19Woe unto him that saith to the wood: 'Awake',
To the dumb stone: 'Arise!'
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
And there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
20But the Lord is in His holy temple,
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.


3A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. Upon Shigionoth.

 
2O Lord, I have heard the report of Thee, and am afraid;
O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years,
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember compassion.

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