Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land,
Habakkuk 1:1 The burden, which Habakkuk the Prophet did 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 shewe mee iniquitie, and cause me to beholde sorowe? for spoyling, and violence are before me: and there are that rayse vp strife and contention. Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the Lawe is dissolued, and iudgement doeth neuer go forth: for the wicked doeth compasse about the righteous: therefore wrong iudgement proceedeth.
is shewed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans.
Habakkuk 1:5 Beholde among the heathen, and regarde, and wonder, and maruaile: for I will worke a worke in your dayes: yee will not beleeue it, though it be tolde you. Habakkuk 1:6 For lo, I raise vp the Caldeans, that bitter & furious nation, which shall goe vpon the breadth of the lande to possesse the dwelling places, that are not theirs. Habakkuk 1:7 They are terrible & fearefull: their iudgement & their dignitie shal proceede of theselues. Habakkuk 1:8 Their horses also are swifter then the leopards, and are more fierce then the wolues in the euening: and their horsemen are many: & their horsemen shall come from farre: they shall flie as the eagle 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 sand. Habakkuk 1:10 And they shall mocke the Kings, and the princes shalbe a skorne vnto them: they shall deride euery strong holde: for they shall gather dust, and take it. Habakkuk 1:11 Then shall they take a courage, & transgresse & doe 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 thou not of olde, O Lorde my God, mine holy one? we shall not die: 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 euill: thou canst not behold wickednesse: wherefore doest thou looke vpon the transgressors, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked deuoureth the man, that is more righteous then he? Habakkuk 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, and as the creeping things, that haue no ruler ouer them. Habakkuk 1:15 They take vp all with the angle: they catch it in their net, and gather it in their yarne, whereof they reioyce and are glad. Habakkuk 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice vnto their net, and burne incense vnto their yarne, because by them their portion is fat & their meat plenteous. Habakkuk 1:17 Shall they therefore stretch out their net and not spare continually to slay the nations?