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 bulworke, to loke & se, what he wolde saye vnto me, & what answere I shuld geue him that reproueth me. Habakkuk 2:2 But the Lord aunswered me, and sayde: Wryte the vysyon planely vpon thy tables, that who so cometh by, maye rede it, Habakkuk 2:3 for the vysyon is yet farre of for a tyme, but at the last it shal come to passe & not fayle. And thoughe he tarye, yet wayte thou for hym, for in very dede he wyll come, & not be slacke Habakkuk 2:4 Beholde, who so wyll not beleue, hys soule shall not prospere: but the iuste shall lyue by hys fayth.
The judgment upon the Chaldeans for unsatiableness,
Habakkuk 2:5 Lyke as the wyne disceyueth the dronkarde, euen so the proud shall fayle and not endure. He openeth hys desyre wyde vp as the hell, & is as vnsacyale as death. All Heathen gathered he to hym, and heapeth vnto hym all people. Habakkuk 2:6 But shall not all these take vp a prouerbe agaynst hym, & mocke hym with a byworde & saye: Wo vnto hym that heapeth vp other mens goodes? Howe longe wyll he lade hym selfe with thicke claye? Habakkuk 2:7 O howe sodenly wyll they stand vp that shall byte, and awake, that shal teare the in peces? yea, thou shalt be their praye. Habakkuk 2:8 Seynge thou hast spoyled many Heathen, therfore shall the remuaunte of the people spoyle the: because of mens bloude, and for the wronge done in the lande, in the cytye and vnto all them that dwell therein.
Habakkuk 2:9 Wo vnto hym, that couetouslye gathereth euyll gotten goodes into hys house: that he maye set hys neste an hye, to escape from the power of mysfortune. Habakkuk 2:10 Thou hast deuysed the shame of thyne owne house, for thou haste slayne to muche people, and hast wylfully offended, Habakkuk 2:11 so that the very stones of þe wall shall crye oute of it, and the tymbre that lyeth betwixte the ioyntes of the buyldynge shal aunswere.
Habakkuk 2:12 Wo vnto hym, that buyldeth þe towne wyth bloude, & maintaineth the citie wyth vnryghtuousnes. Habakkuk 2:13 Shall not the Lorde of hostes brynge thys to passe, that the laboures of the people shal be brent wyth a greate fyre, & that the thynge wherevpon the people haue weeryed them selues, shall be lost? Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be full of knowledge of the Lordes honoure, lyke as the waters that couer the sea.
Habakkuk 2:15 Wo vnto hym that geueth his neighboure dryncke, to get hym wrothefull dyspleasure for his dronckennesse: that he maye se his preuytees. Habakkuk 2:16 Therfore wyth shame shalte thou be fylled, in steade of honoure. Drincke thou also tyll thou slombre wyth al: for the cuppe of the Lordes ryght hande shall compasse the about and shamefull spewyng in steade of thy worshippe. Habakkuk 2:17 For the wronge that thou hast done in Lybanus, shall ouerwhelme the, and þe wylde beastes shal make the afrayd: because of mens bloude, and for the wronge done in the lande, in the cytye, and vnto all such as dwell therein.
and for idolatry.
Habakkuk 2:18 What helpe then wyll the Image do, whom the worckman hath fashyoned? Or the vayne cast Image, wherein because the craftesman putteth hys trust, therfore maketh he domme Idols? Habakkuk 2:19 Wo vnto hym, that sayeth to a pece of woode: aryse, & to a domme stone: stande vp. For what instruccyon maye suche one geue? Beholde it is layed ouer wyth gold and siluer and there is no breth in it. Habakkuk 2:20 But the Lord in his holy temple is he, whome all the world shuld feare.