Habakkuk Waits for God’s Response
1I will stand at my guard post
and station myself on the lookout tower.2:1 1Ch 9:27; 2Ch 8:14; Is 21:6–9
I will watch to see what he will say to me2:1 Ps 85:8
and what I should2:1 Syr reads what he will reply about my complaint.
God’s Second Answer
2The Lord answered me:
Write down this vision;2:2 1Sm 3:1; Ps 89:19; Pr 29:18; Is 1:1
clearly inscribe it on tablets
so one may easily read it.2:2 Lit one who reads in it may run
3For the vision is yet for the appointed time;2:3 Gn 18:14; 21:2; 2Kg 4:16–17; Dn 8:19; 11:27,29,35
it testifies about the end and will not lie.
Though it delays, wait for it,
since it will certainly come and not be late.2:3 Dn 10:1,14; 11:35; Heb 10:36–37; 2Pt 3:9; Rv 22:10
4Look, his ego is inflated;2:4 Hb obscure
he is without integrity.
But the righteous one will live by his faith.2:4 Or faithfulness2:4 Rm 1:17; Gl 3:11
5Moreover, wine2:5 DSS read wealth betrays;
an arrogant man is never at rest.2:5 Or man does not endure; Hb obscure
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
and like Death he is never satisfied.2:5 Pr 27:20; 30:15–16; Is 5:14
He gathers all the nations to himself;2:5 Is 13:4; 43:9; 66:18; Jr 3:17; Hs 10:10; Jl 3:2,11; Zph 3:8; Zch 12:3; 14:2; Mt 25:32
he collects all the peoples for himself.
The Five Woe Oracles
6Won’t all of these take up a taunt against him,2:6 Is 14:4; Mc 2:4
with mockery and riddles about him?
They will say,
“Woe to him who amasses what is not his —
how much longer?2:6 1Kg 18:21; Ps 82:2; Pr 1:22; Jr 4:14,21; 23:26; 31:22; Hs 8:5 —
and loads himself with goods taken in pledge.”2:6 Dt 24:10–13
7Won’t your creditors suddenly arise,
and those who disturb you wake up?
Then you will become spoil for them.2:7 2Kg 21:14; Is 42:22,24; Jr 49:32
8Since you have plundered many nations,2:8 Is 10:13; Ezk 36:4
all the peoples who remain will plunder you2:8 Zph 3:8 —
because of human bloodshed
and violence2:8 Jr 6:7; Ezk 7:11,23; 8:17; 12:19; 45:9; Mc 6:12; Hab 1:2–3,9; 2:17 against lands, cities,
and all who live in them.2:8 Is 33:1; Jr 25:12,14; Hab 2:17; Rv 13:10

9Woe to him who dishonestly makes
wealth for his house2:9 Or dynasty2:9 Pr 1:9; 15:27; Jr 6:13; 8:10; Ezk 22:27
to place his nest on high,
to escape the grasp of disaster!2:9 Pr 11:28; Jr 22:13; 49:16; Ob 4; Rv 18:7
10You have planned shame for your house
by wiping out many peoples
and sinning against your own self.
11For the stones will cry out2:11 Lk 19:40 from the wall,
and the rafters will answer them
from the woodwork.

12Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed
and founds a town with injustice!2:12 Ezk 22:2–3; Mc 3:10
13Is it not from the Lord of Armies
that the peoples labor only to fuel the fire
and countries exhaust themselves for nothing?2:13 Jr 51:58
14For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,
as the water covers the sea.2:14 Nm 14:21; Ps 33:5; 72:19; 119:64; Is 6:3; 11:9; Jr 23:24

15Woe to him who gives his neighbors drink,
pouring out your wrath2:15 Or venom
and even making them drunk,
in order to look at their nakedness!
16You will be filled with disgrace instead of glory.
You also — drink,
and expose your uncircumcision!2:16 DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Vg read and stagger
The cup in the Lord’s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter disgrace will cover your glory.2:15–16 Rv 14:8–10
17For your violence against Lebanon
will overwhelm you;
the destruction of animals will terrify you2:17 DSS, LXX, Aq, Syr, Tg, Vg; MT reads them
because of your human bloodshed and violence
against lands, cities, and all who live in them.

18What use is a carved idol
after its craftsman carves it?
It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies.
For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it
and makes worthless idols that cannot speak.
19Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up!
or to mute stone: Come alive!
Can it teach?
Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,
yet there is no breath2:19 Ex 32:4; Dt 27:15; Jdg 17:4; Is 30:22; 40:18–20; 44:9–20; Jr 10:14 in it at all.

20But the Lord is in his holy temple;2:20 Ps 11:4
let the whole earth
be silent in his presence.2:20 Zph 1:7; Zch 2:13