Habakkuk’s Second Complaint (continued)
2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the
tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and
what I shall answer when I am reproved.
The Lord’s Answer
2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision,
and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth
2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the
end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for
it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in
him: but the just shall live by his faith.
2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a
proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire
as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but
gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all
2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and
a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that
increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that
ladeth himself with thick clay!
2:7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee,
and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties
2:8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant
of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and
for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that
2:9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his
house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be
delivered from the power of evil!
2:10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off
many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.
2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam
out of the timber shall answer it.
2:12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and
stablisheth a city by iniquity!
2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people
shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary
themselves for very vanity?
2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of
the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
2:15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that
puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that
thou mayest look on their nakedness!
2:16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also,
and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD's
right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing
shall be on thy glory.
2:17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the
spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's
blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of
all that dwell therein.
2:18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof
hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies,
that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb
2:19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the
dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over
with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the
midst of it.
2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth
keep silence before him.