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Habakkuk 2

Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, is shewed that he must walk by faith.

Habakkuk 2:1 I stode vpon my watch, and set me vpon my bulworke, to loke & se what he wolde saye vnto me, and what answere I shulde geue him yt reproueth me. Habakkuk 2:2 But the LORDE answered me, and sayde: Wryte the vision planely vpon thy tables, that who so commeth by, maye rede it: Habakkuk 2:3 for ye visio is yet farre of for a tyme, but at ye last it shal come to passe, & not fayle. And though he tary, yet wait thou for him, for in very dede he wil come, and not be slacke. Habakkuk 2:4 Beholde, who so wil not beleue, his soule shal not prospere: but the iust shal lyue by his faith.

The judgment upon the Chaldeans for unsatiableness,

Habakkuk 2:5 Like as the wyne disceaueth the dronckarde, euen so the proude shal fayle & not endure. He openeth his desyre wyde vp as the hell, & is as vnsaciable as death. All Heithen gathereth he to him, & heapeth vnto him all people. Habakkuk 2:6 But shall not all these take vp a prouerbe agaynst him, and mocke him with a byworde, and saye: Wo vnto him that heapeth vp other mens goodes? How longe wil he lade himself with thicke claye? Habakkuk 2:7 O how sodenly wil they stonde vp, yt shal byte the, & awake, that shal teare ye in peces? yee thou shalt be their pray. Habakkuk 2:8 Seinge thou hast spoyled many Heithen, therfore shall the remnaunt of the people spoyle the: because of mens bloude, & for the wronge done in the londe, in the cite & vnto all them that dwel therin.

for covetousness,

Habakkuk 2:9 Wo vnto him, that couetously gathereth euell gotten goodes in to his house: that he maye set his nest an hye, to escape from the power of mysfortune. Habakkuk 2:10 Thou hast deuysed ye shame of thine owne house, for thou hast slayne to moch people, and hast wilfully offended: Habakkuk 2:11 so that the very stones of the wall shal crie out of it, and the tymbre that lieth betwixte the ioyntes of the buyldinge shall answere.

for cruelty,

Habakkuk 2:12 Wo vnto him, yt buyldeth the towne with bloude, and maynteneth ye cite with vnrightuousnes. Habakkuk 2:13 Shal not the LORDE of hoostes bringe this to passe, that the laboures of the people shal be brent with a greate fyre, and that the thinge wher vpon the people haue weeried them selues, shall be lost? Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shalbe full of knowlege of the LORDES honoure, like as the waters that couer the see.

for drunkeness,

Habakkuk 2:15 Wo vnto him that geueth his neghboure dryncke, to get him wrothfull displeasure for his dronckennesse: that he maye se his preuytees. Habakkuk 2:16 Therfore with shame shalt thou be fylled, in steade of honoure. Dryncke thou also, till thou slombre withall: for the cuppe of the LORDES right hode shall compasse the aboute, and shamefull spewinge in steade of thy worshipe. Habakkuk 2:17 For the wroge that thou hast done in Libanus, shal ouerwhelme the, and the wilde beastes shal make the afrayed: because of mens bloude, and for the wronge done in the londe, in the cite, and vnto all soch as dwel therin.

and for idolatry.

Habakkuk 2:18 What helpe than wil ye ymage do, whom the workman hath fashioned? Or the vayne cast ymage, wherin because the craftesman putteth his trust, therfore maketh he domme Idols? Habakkuk 2:19 Wo vnto him, that saieth to a pece of wod: arise, and to a domme stone: stonde vp. For what instruccio maye soch one geue? Beholde, it is layed ouer with golde and syluer, & there is no breth in it. Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORDE in his holy teple is he, whom all the worlde shulde feare.

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