Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land,
Habakkuk 1:1 This is þe heuy burthen, which the Prophet Abacuk dyd se. Habakkuk 1:2 O Lorde, how longe shall I crie, & thou wylt not heare? How longe shall I complayne vnto the, suffrynge wronge, & þu wylt not helpe? Habakkuk 1:3 Why lettest þu me se werynesse and laboure? Tyranny & violence are before me, power ouergoeth right: Habakkuk 1:4 for þe lawe is toarne in peces, & there can not right iudgement go forth And why? the vngodly is more set by then the ryghtuous: this is þe cause, that wronge iudgement procedeth.
is shewed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans.
Habakkuk 1:5 Beholde, amonge the Heathen, and loke well, wondre at it, and be abashed: for I wyll do a thynge in your tyme, whych though it be tolde you, ye shall not beleue. Habakkuk 1:6 For lo, I wil rayse vp the Caldees, that bitter and swyfte people: which shall go as wyde as þe land is, to take possession of dwelling places, þt be not their awne. Habakkuk 1:7 A grymme and boysterous people is it, these shall sit in iudgement & punishe. Habakkuk 1:8 Their horses are swyfter then the cattes of the mountayne, & byte sorer then þe wolues in the euening. Their horsemen come by greate heapes from farre, they fle hastely to deuour as þe Aegle. Habakkuk 1:9 They come all to spoyle: out of them commeth an east wynde, whych bloweth and gathereth their captiues, lyke as the sande. Habakkuk 1:10 They shal mocke þe kynges, and laughe the princes to scorne. They shall not set by eny stronge holde, for they shall laye ordinaunce agaynst it, and take it. Habakkuk 1:11 Then shall they take a fresh corage vnto them, to go forth & to do more euel, and so ascribe the power vnto their God.
He complaineth that vengeance should be executed by them who are far worse.
Habakkuk 1:12 But thou O Lorde my God my holy one, thou art from the begynninge, therfore shal we not dye. O Lord, thou hast ordened them for a punishement, and sett them to reproue the myghtye. Habakkuk 1:13 Thyne eyes are clene, thou mayest not se euel, thou canst not beholde, þe thinge that is wycked. Wherfore then dost thou loke vpon þe vngodly, and holdest thy tunge, when the wycked deuoureth the man þt is better then him selfe? Habakkuk 1:14 Thou makest men as the fishe in the see, and lyke as þe crepyng beastes, that haue no gyde, Habakkuk 1:15 they take vp all with their angle, they catch it in their net, & gather it in their yarne: wherof they reioice and are glad. Habakkuk 1:16 Therfore offre they vnto their net, & do sacrifice vnto their yarne: because that thorowe it their porcyon is become so fat, & their meate so plenteous. Habakkuk 1:17 Wherfore, they cast out their net agayne, & neuer cease to slaye the people.