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Song of Solomon
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1 The revelation which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2 Jehovah,
how long will I cry, and you will not hear? I cry out to you “Violence!” and
will you not save? 3 Why do you show me iniquity, and look at perversity?
For destruction and violence are before me. There is strife, and contention
rises up. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails;
for the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice comes out perverted.
5 “Look among the nations, watch, and wonder
marvelously; for I am working a work in your days, which you will not believe
though it is told you. 6 For, behold, I raise up the Chaldeans, that
bitter and impetuous nation, that march through the width of the earth, to
possess dwelling places that are not theirs. 7 They are feared and
dreaded. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. 8 Their
horses also are swifter than leopards, and are more fierce than the evening
wolves. Their horsemen press proudly on. Yes, their horsemen come from afar.
They fly as an eagle that hurries to devour. 9 All of them come for
violence. Their hordes face the desert. He gathers prisoners like sand. 10 Yes,
he scoffs at kings, and princes are a derision to him. He laughs at every
stronghold, for he builds up an earthen ramp, and takes it. 11 Then he
sweeps by like the wind, and goes on. He is indeed guilty, whose strength is
12 Aren’t you from everlasting, Jehovah my God,
my Holy One? We will not die. Jehovah, you have appointed him for judgment.
You, Rock, have established him to punish. 13 You who have purer eyes than
to see evil, and who cannot look on perversity, why do you tolerate those who
deal treacherously, and keep silent when the wicked swallows up the man who is
more righteous than he, 14 and make men like the fish of the sea, like the
creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 15 He takes up all of them
with the hook. He catches them in his net, and gathers them in his dragnet.
Therefore he rejoices and is glad. 16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net,
and burns incense to his dragnet, because by them his life is luxurious, and
his food is good. 17 Will he therefore continually empty his net, and kill
the nations without mercy?
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