Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, is shewed that he must walk by faith.
Habakkuk 2:1 I stode vpon my watch, & set me vpon my bulworcke, to loke and se what he wolde saye vnto me, and what answere I shulde geue him that reproued me. Habakkuk 2:2 But the Lord answered me, & sayde: Wryte the vision playnely vpon thy tables, that who so commeth by, maye rede it Habakkuk 2:3 for the vision is yet farre of for a tyme, but at the last it shal come to passe, & not fayle. And though he tary, yet wayte thou for him, for in very dede he will come, & not be slacke. Habakkuk 2:4 Beholde, the vnrighteouse thinketh him selfe in sauegarde as in a strong holde: but þe iust shal lyue by his fayth.
The judgment upon the Chaldeans for unsatiableness,
Habakkuk 2:5 Lyke as þe wyne disceaueth the dronckarde, euen so þe proude shall fayle and not endure. He openeth his desire wyde vp as the hel, & is as vnsaciable as death. All Heathen gathereth he to hym, and heapeth vnto him all people. Habakkuk 2:6 But shall not all these take vp a prouerbe agaynst him, & mocke him with a byworde, & saye: Wo vnto him that heapeth vp other mens goodes? How longe will he lade hym selfe with thicke claye? Habakkuk 2:7 O how sodenly wyll they stande vp, that shal byte, & awake, that shal teare þe in peces? yee, thou shalt be their praye? Habakkuk 2:8 Seinge þu hast spoyled many Heathen, therfore shal the remnaunt of the people spoyle the: because of mens bloude, & for the wronge done in the lande, in the citye and vnto all them that dwell therin.
Habakkuk 2:9 Wo vnto him, that couetously gathereth euell gotten goodes into his house: that he maye set hys nest an hye, to escape from þe power of misfortune. Habakkuk 2:10 Thou hast deuysed the shame of thine awne 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 lyeth betwyxte the ioyntes of the buylding shall answere.
Habakkuk 2:12 Wo vnto him, that buyldeth the towne with bloude, & maynteneth the citye with vnrightuousnes. Habakkuk 2:13 Shall not the Lord of hostes bringe this to passe, that the labourers of the people shal be brent with a greate fyre, & that the thinge wher vpon the people haue weeried them selues, shalbe lost? Habakkuk 2:14 For þe earth shalbe full of knowledge of þe Lordes honoure, lyke as the waters þt couer the see.
Habakkuk 2:15 Wo vnto him that geueth his neyghboure dryncke, puttynge in gall and makyng him droncken, that he maye se hys preuytees. Habakkuk 2:16 Therfore with shame shalt thou be filled, in steade of honoure. Dryncke thou also, tyll thou stombre with all: for the cuppe of the Lordes right hande shall compasse the aboute, and shamefull spewing in steade of thy worshype. Habakkuk 2:17 For the wronge that þu hast done in Libanus, shall ouerwhelme the, and the wilde beastes shal make the afrayed: because of mens bloud, & for the wronge done in the lande, in the citie, and vnto all soch as dwell therin.
and for idolatry.
Habakkuk 2:18 What helpe then will þe ymage do, whom the worckman hath fashioned? Or þe vayne cast ymage, wherin because the craftesman putteth his trust, therfore maketh he domme Idols? Habakkuk 2:19 Wo vnto hym, that sayeth to a pece of wod: aryse, & to a domme stone: stande vp. For what instruccyon maye soch one geue? Beholde it is layed ouer with gold & syluer and there is no breth in it. Habakkuk 2:20 But the Lorde in his holy temple is he: whom all the worlde shulde feare.