Habakkuk 1:12-2:4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Habakkuk Complains Again
12 Holy Lord God, mighty rock,[a] you are eternal, and we[b] are safe from death. You are using those Babylonians to judge and punish others.[c] 13 But you can’t stand sin or wrong. So don’t sit by in silence while they gobble down people who are better than they are.
14 The people you put on this earth are like fish or reptiles without a leader. 15 Then an enemy comes along and takes them captive with hooks and nets. It makes him so happy 16 that he offers sacrifices to his fishing nets, because they make him rich and provide choice foods. 17 Will he keep hauling in his nets and destroying nations without showing mercy?
The Lord Answers Habakkuk Again
2 While standing guard on the watchtower, I waited for the Lord’s answer, before explaining the reason for my complaint.[d] 2 Then the Lord told me: “I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance. 3 At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting— it will happen!
4 “I, the Lord, refuse to accept anyone who is proud. Only those who live by faith are acceptable to me.”[e]
1.12mighty rock: The Hebrew text has “rock,” which is sometimes used in poetry to compare the Lord to a mountain where his people can run for protection from their enemies.
1.12we: Hebrew; one ancient Jewish tradition “you.”
1.12You. . . others: Or “You will judge and punish those Babylonians.”
2.1I. . . complaint: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
2.4Only. . . me: Or “But those who are acceptable to me will live because of their faithfulness.”
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