Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land,
Habakkuk 1:1 The burden which Habakkuk ye Prophet did see. Habakkuk 1:2 O LORD, howe long shall I crie, and thou wilt not heare! [euen] cry out vnto thee [of] violence, and thou wilt not saue? Habakkuk 1:3 Why doest thou shew me iniquity, & cause me to behold grieuance? for spoiling and violence [are] before me: & there are [that] raise vp strife and contention. Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the Lawe is slacked, and iudgement doeth neuer goe foorth: for the wicked doeth compasse about the righteous: therfore wrong iudgement proceedeth.
is shewed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans.
Habakkuk 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marueilously: for I wil worke a worke in your daies, [which] yee will not beleeue, though it be tolde [you]. Habakkuk 1:6 For loe, I raise vp the Caldeans, that bitter and hastie nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possesse the dwelling places [that are] not theirs. Habakkuk 1:7 They are terrible and dreadfull: their iudgement and their dignity shal proceed of themselues. Habakkuk 1:8 Their horses also are swifter then the leopards, and are more fierce then the euening wolues: & their horsemen shall spread themselues, and their horsemen shall come from farre, they shall flie as the Eagle [that] hasteth to eate. Habakkuk 1:9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup vp [as] the East winde, and they shall gather the captiuitie as the sand. Habakkuk 1:10 And they shal scoffe at the Kings, and the Princes [shall bee] a scorne vnto them: they shall deride euery strong holde, for they shall heape dust & take it. Habakkuk 1:11 Then shall [his] minde change, and he shall passe ouer, and offend, [imputing] this his power vnto his God.
He complaineth that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse.
Habakkuk 1:12 [Art] thou not from euerlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy one? we shall not die: O LORD, thou hast ordained them for iudgement, and O mightie God, thou hast established them for correction. Habakkuk 1:13 [Thou art] of purer eyes then to beholde euill, and canst not looke on ininquitie: wherefore lookest thou vpon them that deale treacherously, [and] holdest thy tongue when the wicked deuoureth the man that is more righteous then hee? Habakkuk 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the Sea, as the creeping things, that [haue] no ruler ouer them. Habakkuk 1:15 They take vp all of them with the angle: they catch them in their net, and gather them in their dragge; therefore they reioyce and are glad. Habakkuk 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice vnto their net, and burne incense vnto their drag: because by them their portion [is] fat, and their meat plenteous. Habakkuk 1:17 Shall they therefore emptie their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?