Chapter One

  1. THE BURDEN which Ha-‍bak‍‍-‍kuk the proph­et did see.
  2. O ⟨Lord⟩, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out un­to thee of vio­lence, and thou wilt not save!
  3. Why dost thou shew me in­iq­uity, and cause me to be­hold griev­ance? for spoil­ing and vio­lence are be­fore me: and there are‍ ‍(those)that raise up strife and contention.
  4. Therefore the law is slacked, and judg­ment doth nev­er go forth: for the wick­ed doth com­pass about the righ­teous; there­fore wrong judg­ment proceedeth.
  5. Behold ye among the heath­en, and re­gard, and won­der mar­vel­lous­ly: for I will work a‍ ‍work in your days, which ye will not be­lieve, thou it be told you.
  6. For, lo, I raise up the Chal-‍de‍‍-‍ans, that bit­ter and hasty na­tion, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to pos­sess the dwell­ing­places that are not theirs.
  7. They are ter­ri­ble and dread­ful: their judg­ment and their dig­ni­ty shall pro­ceed of themselves.
  8. Their hors­es al­so are swift­er than the leop­ards, and are more fierce than the eve­ning wolves: and their horse­men shall spread them­selves, and their horse­men shall come from far; they shall fly as the ea­gle that hast­eth to eat.
  9. They shall come all for vio­lence: their fac­es shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gath­er the cap­tiv­ity as the sand.
  10. And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn un­to them: they shall de­ride ev­ery strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.
  11. Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and of­fend, im­put­ing this his pow­er un­to his god.
  12. Art thou not from ever­last­ing, O ⟨Lord⟩ my ⟨God⟩, mine Holy One?
  13. Thou art of pur­er eyes than to be­hold evil, and canst not look on in­iq­uity: where­fore look­est thou up­on them that deal treach­er­ous­ly, and hold­est thy tongue when the wick­ed de­vour­eth the man that is more righ­teous than he?
  14. And mak­est men as the fish­es of the sea, as the creep­ing things, that have no rul­er over them?
  15. They take up all of them with the an­gle, they catch them in their net, and gath­er them in their drag­(net): there­fore they re­joice and are glad.
  16. Therefore they sac­ri­fice un­to their (drag)­net, and burn in­cense un­to their drag­(net); be­cause by them their por­tion is fat, and their meat plenteous.
  17. Shall they there­fore emp­ty their (drag)­net, and not spare con­tin­u­al­ly to slay the nations?
Chapter Two
  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.
  2. And the ⟨Lord⟩ an­swered me, and said Write the vi­sion, and make it plain up­on ta­bles, that he may run that read­eth it.
  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.
  4. Behold, his soul which is lift­ed up is not up­right in him: (but the just shall live by his faith). (See: Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11Hebrews 10:38)
  5. Yea al­so, be­cause he trans­gress­eth by wine, he is a proud man, nei­ther keep­eth at home, who en­larg­eth his de­sire as hell‍ ‍(is en­larged)*, and is as death, and can­not be sat­is­fied, but gath­er­eth un­to him all na­tions, and heap­eth un­to him all people:‍ ‍*(See: Isaiah 5:14)
  6. Shall not all these take up a par­a­ble against him, and a taunt­ing pro­verb against him, and say, Woe to him that in­creas­eth‍ ‍(with)that which is not his! how long? and to him that lad­eth him­self with thick clay!
  7. Shall they not rise up sud­den­ly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for boo­ties un­to them?
  8. Because thou hast spoiled ma­ny na­tions, all the rem­nant of the peo­ple shall spoil thee; be­cause of mens blood, and for the vio­lence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
  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!
  10. Thou hast con­sult­ed shame to thy house by cut­ting off ma­ny peo­ple, and hast sinned against thy soul. []

  1. For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the tim­ber shall an­swer it.
  2. Woe to him that build­eth a town with blood, and stab­lish­eth a city by iniquity!
  3. 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?
  4. For the earth shall be filled with the knowl­edge of the glo­ry of the ⟨Lord⟩, as the wa­ters cov­er the sea.
  5. Woe un­to him that giv­est his neigh­bour drink, that put­test thy bot­tle to him, and mak­est him drunk­en al­so, that thou may­est look on their nakedness!
  6. Thou art filled with shame for glo­ry: drink thou al­so, and let thy fore­skin be un­cov­ered: the cup of the ⟨Lords⟩ right hand shall be turned un­to thee, and shame­ful spew­ing shall be on thy glory.
  7. For the vio­lence of Leb‍‍-‍a-‍non shall cov­er thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, be­cause of mens blood, and for the vio­lence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
  8. 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 idols?
  9. 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.
  10. ⟨•But the ⟨Lord⟩ is in his holy tem­ple: let all the earth keep si­lence be­fore him.•⟩
Chapter Three
  1. A PRAYER of Ha-‍bak‍‍-‍kuk the proph­et up­on Shig-‍i-‍o‍‍-‍noth.
  2. O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩, I have heard thy speech and was afraid: O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩, re­vive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath re­mem­ber mercy.
  3. ⟨God⟩ came from Te‍‍-‍man, and the Holy One from mount Pa‍‍-‍ran.‍ ‍Selah. His glo­ry cov­ered the‍ ‍(first two) heav­ens, and the earth was full of his praise.
  4. And his bright­ness was as the light; he had horns com­ing out of his hand: and there was the hid­ing of his power.
  5. Before him went the pes­ti­lence, and burn­ing coals went forth at his feet.
  6. He stood, and mea­sured the earth; he be­held, and drove asun­der the na­tions; and the ever­last­ing moun­tains were scat­tered, the per­pet­u­al hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
  7. I saw the tents of Cu‍‍-‍shan in af­flic­tion: and the cur­tains of the land of Mid‍‍-‍i-‍an did tremble.
  8. Was the ⟨Lord⟩ dis­pleased against the riv­ers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride up­on thine hors­es and thy char­i­ots of salvation?
  9. Thy bow was made quite na­ked, ac­cord­ing to the oaths of the tribes, (and)even thy word.
  10. The moun­tains saw thee, and they trem­bled: the over­flow­ing of the wa­ter passed by: the deep ut­tered his voice, and lift­ed up his hand on high.
  11. The sun and moon stood still in their hab­i­ta­tion:* at the light of thine ar­rows they went, and at the shin­ing of thy glit­ter­ing spear.‍ ‍*(See: Joshua 10:12-‍14)
  12. Thou didst march through the land in in­dig­na­tion, thou didst thresh the heath­en in anger.
  13. Thou went­est forth for the sal­va­tion of thy peo­ple, even for sal­va­tion with thine anoint­ed; thou wound­edst the head out of the house of the wick­ed, by dis­cov­er­ing the foun­da­tion un­to the neck.‍ ‍Selah.
  14. Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his vil­lag­es: they came out as a whirl­wind to scat­ter me: their re­joic­ing was as to de­vour the poor secretly.
  15. Thou didst walk through the sea with thine hors­es, through the heap of great waters.
  16. When I heard, my bel­ly trem­bled; my lips quiv­ered at the voice: rot­ten­ness en­tered in­to my bones, and I trem­bled in my­self, that I might rest in the day of trou­ble: when he com­eth up un­to the peo­ple, he will in­vade them with his troops.
  17. Although the fig tree shall not blos­som, nei­ther shall fruit be in the vines; the la­bour of the ol­live shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
  18. Yet I will re­joice in the ⟨Lord⟩, I will joy in the ⟨God⟩ of my salvation.
  19. The ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨God⟩ is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk up­on mine high places. To the chief sing­er on my stringed instruments.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).