Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land,
Habakkuk 1:1 The burden which Habacuc the prophete dyd see. Habakkuk 1:2 O Lorde, howe long shall I crye, and thou wilt not heare? [euen] crye out vnto thee for violence, and thou wilt not helpe? Habakkuk 1:3 Why doest thou shew me iniquitie, and cause me to beholde sorowe? for spoyling and violence are before me, & there are that rayse vp stryfe and contention, Habakkuk 1:4 Therfore the law is dissolued, & iudgement doth neuer go foorth: for the wicked doth compasse about the righteous, therfore wrong iudgement proceedeth.
is shewed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans.
Habakkuk 1:5 Behold among the heathen, and regarde, and wonder, and marueyll: for I will worke a worke in your dayes, ye will not beleue it though it be tolde you. Habakkuk 1:6 For lo, I rayse vp the Chaldeans, that bitter and furious nation, whiche shall go vpon the breadth of the land, to possesse the dwelling places that are not theirs. Habakkuk 1:7 They are terrible and fearfull: their iudgement and their dignitie shall procede of them selues. Habakkuk 1:8 Their horses also are swifter then the leopardes, and are more fierce then the wolues in the euening, and their horsemen shall come from farre: they shall flee as the Egle hasting to meate. Habakkuk 1:9 They come all to spoyle: before their faces shalbe an eastwinde, and they shall gather the captiuitie as the sande. Habakkuk 1:10 And they shall mocke the kinges, and the princes shalbe a scorne vnto them: they shall deride euery stronghold, for they shall gather dust, and take it. Habakkuk 1:11 Then shall they take a courage, and transgresse, and do wickedly, [imputing] this their power vnto their god.
He complaineth that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse.
Habakkuk 1:12 Art not thou of olde, O Lord my God, my holy one? we shall not dye, O Lord thou hast ordeined them for iudgement, and O God thou hast established them for correction. Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of pure eyes, and canst not see euyl, thou canst not behold wickednesse: wherfore [then] doest thou loke vpo the transgressours, and holdest thy tongue, when the wicked deuoureth the man that is more righteous then he? Habakkuk 1:14 And makest men as the fishe of the sea, and as the creeping thinges that haue no ruler ouer them. Habakkuk 1:15 They take vp all with the angle, they catche it in their net, and gather it in their yarne: wherof they reioyce and are glad. Habakkuk 1:16 Therfore they sacrifice vnto their net, and burne incense vnto their yarne: because by them their portion is fat, and their meate plenteous. Habakkuk 1:17 Shall they therfore stretche out their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?