From the Greek Septuagint text as used by First Century Christians
A prophecy concerning Jerusalem’s destruction by Babylon, written sometime around the middle 7th Century BCE.

Chapter 1

1 These are the things that the Prophet HabakKuk saw:

2 How long, O Lord, must I cry out
As You don’t listen [to me]?
How long should I yell to You over wrong
As You don’t bring us salvation?

3 Why have You shown toil and trouble to me,
As you look upon misery and irreverence?
Right opposite me, there’s judging going on…
But it is the judge who carries away!

4 Because of this, the Law has been shaken,
And in the end, there’s no justice;
For the godless are tyrannizing the righteous,
And the justice they receive is perverted!

5 [And the Lord replied]:
‘Look, O you who saying such words…
Gaze and wonder at wonders,
And thereafter, just pass away!
For I’ll do a work in your day,
Which you won’t believe and none can describe.

6 ‘{Look!} I’ll awaken the Chaldean people,
And they’ll travel across the breadth of the earth
To inherit tents not their own.

7 ‘[Their king] is known to be fearsome,
And he [creates] his own kind of justice,
For his only concern is himself.

8 ‘His horses leap higher than leopards,
And [their teeth] are like those of Arabian wolves.

‘His horsemen will make great advances…
They’ll spread [their wings] out like eagles
That are eager for something to eat.

9 ‘Then, upon all those who don’t show him respect,
They will bring a consumption…
It will come upon all who oppose him,
And he’ll gather captives like sand.

10 ‘Then among all their kings, he will revel…
Their sovereignty will be his playthings,
And he will mock every fortress…
He’ll build siege mounds around them and win!

11 ‘But thereafter, his spirit will change;
For, he will repent and then say,
This power has come from my God!

12 O Jehovah, my God and most Holy One;
Aren’t You from the vey beginning?
But, though there’s no reason for us to die,
You have ordered up justice…
For discipline and correction, You’ve shaped us.

13 But if Your eyes are too pure to look at the bad,
And You cannot view what is evil;
Why have You endured those who hate You?

Why must You remain silent and watch
As the impious are consuming the righteous?
14 Will You let us be like the fish in the sea
Or like the things that crawl [on the ground]
Where no one that is taking the lead?

15 You let [Babylon’s king] catch destruction…
Yes, he pulled it up with a hook
And lifted it up with his net…
Then he brought it all in with his dragnet,
And this is why he’s so happy.

16 So he’ll offer sacrifices to his dragnet,
And to it, he will also burn incense.
For by it, he’s fattened his portion,
And provided himself the choicest of food.
17 So, he will keep casting his net
To destroy many nations, not spare them!

Chapter 2

1 [I’ve also told You] that during my watch,
I’ll be the one who stands guard…
I’ll climb on the rocks and observe,
Then listen to all that You’ll tell me,
So I’ll know what I must say in reply
When I am receiving correction.

2 Then the Lord told me this… He clearly said:
‘Now, you must write down this vision
To elevate those who will read it.
3 It’s a vision of a time in the future…
It’s what will happen in the time of the end.

‘Be patient if it seems to be late;
For, it will surely arrive…
No way will its coming be tardy.

4 ‘For in My soul, I do not find favor
In those who hold back [My words]…
For it’s by their faith that the righteous will live!

5 ‘But, those who are arrogant and hateful,
And any man who’s a braggart
Will receive no [blessings] at all…
For he’s widening his soul like the grave,
And like death, he never gets filled.

6 ‘So, if he should assemble all nations
And gather their peoples [under his rule];
Wouldn’t they say this against him…
Wouldn’t they speak this riddle and say:

Woe to the one who takes what’s not his…
How long [can he stand] all the pressure?
7 For suddenly, there’ll come those who’ll bite him…
Yes, those plotting against him will awaken
And then they will saw him two.

8 ‘For, many nations, he’s ravaged.
But those that remain, will then ravage him
Because of all the blood that he’s shed,
And the things that he did to their cities and lands…
What he did to all those who lived there.

9 ‘O you who’ve desired all their wealth;
Such bad things will also come to your house…
Yes, on you who’ve arranged your nest in the heights,
And whose hands brought evil [to others].

10 ‘For, you have brought shame upon your own house,
Since throughout your whole life, you have sinned,
And you’ve ended [the lives] of [many great] men.

11 ‘Therefore, from your stone walls, I will yell,
And the beetles in the woods will repeat it:

12 Woe to those who build their cities on blood,
And [grow] their countries by doing what’s wrong!

13 ‘Yet, it’s by Jehovah the Almighty
That so many have been tested by fire,
And the nations have proven faint-hearted!

14 ‘So, like the waters that cover the seas,
The whole earth will soon become filled
With the knowledge about all His glory.

15 ‘But, you have forced your neighbors to drink
Something intoxicating and cloudy
In order to gaze on their private parts.

16 ‘So, drink deeply to the glory of your dishonor
And get extremely excited!
For thereafter, you’ll be completely surrounded
Inside the cup in Jehovah’s right hand,
Where your glory will meet with dishonor.

17 ‘By Lebanon’s irreverence, you’ll be covered,
And the misery of wild beasts will terrify you,
Because of the blood of men that you’ve shed,
And the badness within [your] cities and lands,
Along with the [evil] of your people.

18 ‘What good are the idols that they’ve carved,
Or the molded castings they’ve shaped…
The false things they can see [with their eyes]?
For your people rely on things that they’ve shaped…
On idols that they’ve made, which can’t speak!

19 ‘So, woe to those who say to the wood,
[It’s time for you to] awaken and rise,
And say to things made of stone, Become great!
For, they are just things you can look at…
Things that you’ve hammered from silver and gold,
Which are unable to breathe.

20 ‘But, in His Temple, Jehovah’s [alive]!
So, those in all lands should bow down before Him!

Chapter 3

1 The prayer of HabakKuk (the Prophet) in a song:

2 O Lord;
I heard Your report and I was afraid.
O Jehovah;
I thought of your works and I shook.

You stand between the two cherubs,
And in coming years, all will know You…
Yes, when that time comes, You’ll be seen.

And when disturbance arrives in my life,
You’ll think of [me] and show mercy.
3 For, God will come out of Teman…
Yes, from the shadow of Mount Paran,
The Most Holy one will arrive.


His virtues cover the skies
And His praises fill the [whole] earth
4 Like all kinds of light is His brightness.

In His hands, He carries a trumpet;
And by His might, He sends us His love.

5 So, from His face, a word will go forth,
Which will travel from there into the plains;
6 And where His feet stand, the [whole] earth will shake.

When He looks upon them, the nations dissolve…
By [His] might, the mountains will break
And the hills of the ages will melt.

7 On the tents of Ethiopian peoples,
I saw distress about to arrive,
And the tents of Media were also disturbed.

8 Were You provoked by their rivers, O Lord…
Did their rivers make so You angry
That against their sea, You took action?

O you who are coming on horses;
As you ride, are you bringing salvation?
9 No, Jehovah has told you to stretch out…
Against their tents, you must now stretch your bows!


You’ll divide up their lands by their rivers,
10 And when they see you, they’ll start having birth pangs;
For they’ll know that the rivers will be their new borders.

Then the abyss will shout to the heights
When it sees that you are arriving.
11 Then the sun will not rise in the sky,
And the moon will fail and stand still.
But, by the flash of your arrows
And sparks from your weapons, they’ll move.

12 When [God] threatens, He’ll leave just few in their lands;
For in His rage, He wipes away nations.
13 But to His people, He will bring salvation,
And He’ll also save His anointed.

But to the heads of the lawless, He will send death…
First, He’ll put chains on their necks,
Which will shake and astonish the mighty,
And then He will chop off their heads.


14 Yes, He’ll split the heads of the mighty,
After He makes them all shake.
For, they will put down their reins
And look for places to hide…
Then, they will be fed like the poor.

15 For He’ll lead their horses into the sea,
And there they will muddy its waters…
Which will make all afraid when they see it.

16 On my lips, there was the sound of a prayer…
Trembling entered my backside and bones…
Yes, all of my ways were disturbed.
But, I will find rest in that day of distress…
When I leave those people to whom I was sent.

17 For their fig trees won’t bear fruit again,
And there’ll be no grapes on their vines.
Their olive trees will also be gone,
And there’ll be no crops in their fields.

At that time, there will be no sheep,
And there’ll be no oxen left in their barns.

18 But, I’ll shout in joy to Jehovah…
I’ll rejoice over my Savior, God!
19 For Jehovah God is my strength,
And He’s provided straight paths for my feet…
Upon a high place, He has set me,
And by His song, I will win!

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