(The Scriptures)
The book of the Prophet Habakkuk
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This is the heavy burthen, which the Prophet Abacuk did see.
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear? How long shall I complain unto thee, suffering wrong, and thou wilt not help?
Why lettest thou me see weariness and labour? Tyranny and violence are before me, power over goeth right:
for the law is torn in pieces, and there can no right judgement go forth. And why? the ungodly is more set by than the righteous: this is the cause, that wrong judgement proceedeth.
Behold among the Heathen, and look well: wonder at it, and be abashed: For I will do a thing in your time, which though it be told you, ye shall not believe.(Septuagint: Behold, ye despisers, and look, and wonder marvelously, and vanish: for I work a work in your days, which ye will in no wise believe, though a man declare it to you. Acts 13:41)
For lo, I will raise up the Cauldees, that bitter and swift people: which shall go as wide as the land is, to take possession of dwelling places, that be not their own.
A grim and boisterous people is it, these shall sit in judgement and punish.
Their horses are swifter than the cats of the mountain, and bite sorer than the wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come by great heaps from far, they flee hastily to devour as the Aegle.
They come all to spoil: out of them cometh an east wind, which bloweth and gathereth their captives, like as the sand.
They shall mock the kings, and laugh the princes to scorn. They shall not set by any strong hold, for they shall lay ordinance against it, and take it.
Then shall they take a fresh courage unto them, to go forth and do more evil, and so ascribe that power unto their God.
But thou O LORD my God, my holy one thou art from the beginning, therefore shall we not die.(you're alive.) O LORD, thou hast ordained|ordened| them for punishment, and set them to reprove the mighty.
Thine eyes are clean, thou mayest not see evil, thou can not behold the thing that is wicked. Wherefore then doest thou look upon the ungodly, and holdest thy tongue, when the wicked devoureth the man that is better than himself?
Thou makest men as the fish in the sea, and like as the creeping beasts, that have no guide.
They take up all with their angle, they catch it in their net, and gather it in their yarn: whereof they rejoice and are glad.
Therefore offer they unto their net, and do sacrifice unto their yarn: because that thorow it their portions is become so fat, and their meat so plenteous.
Wherefore they cast out their net again, and never cease to slay the people.
I stood upon my watch, and set me upon my bulwark, to look and see what he would say unto me, and what answer I should give him that reproveth me.
But the LORD answered me, and said: Write the vision plainly upon thy tables, that who so cometh by, may read it:
for the vision is yet far off for a time, but at the last it shall come to pass, and not fail. And though he tarry, yet wait thou for him, for in very deed he will come, and not be slack.(Septuagint: For the vision is yet for a time, and it shall shoot forth at the end, and not in vain: though he should tarry, wait for him; for he will surely come, and will not tarry. Hebrews 10:37-38)
Behold, who so will not believe, his soul shall not prosper: but the just shall live by his faith.(Septuagint: If he should draw back, my soul has no pleasure in him: but the just shall live by my faith.) (Another LXX translation: If any one draw back, my soul hath no pleasure in him. But the just shall live by faith in me.) (Old Latin: If he hath withdrawn himself, my soul hath no pleasure in him, but my righteous one by faith shall live.)
Like as the wine deceiveth the drunkard, even so the proud shall fail and not endure. He openeth his desire wide up as the hell, and is as unsatiable as death. All Heathen gathereth he to him, and heapeth unto him all people.
But shall not all these take up a proverb against him, and mock him with a byword, and say: Woe unto him that heapeth up other men's goods? How long will he lade him self with thick clay?
O how suddenly will they stand up, that shall bite thee, and awake, that shall tear thee in pieces? yea thou shalt be their prey.
Seeing thou hast spoiled many Heathen, therefore shall the remnant of the people spoil thee: because of men's blood, and for the wrong done in the land, in the city and unto all them that dwell therein.
Woe unto him, that covetously gathereth evil gotten goods into his house: that he may set his nest on high,{an hye} to escape from the power of misfortune.
Thou hast devised the shame of thine own house, for thou hast slain too much people, and hast willfully offended:
so that the very stones of the wall shall cry out of it, and the timber that lieth betwixt the joints of the building shall answer.
Woe unto him, that buildeth the town with blood, and maintaineth the city with unrighteousness.
Shall not the LORD of Hosts bring this to pass, that the labourers of the people shall be brent with a great fire, and that the thing where upon the people have wearied themselves, shall be lost?
For the earth shall be full of knowledge of the LORD's honour, like as the waters that cover the sea.
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, to get him wrothfull displeasure for his drunkenness: that he may see his privates.|prevytees|
Therefore with shame shalt thou be filled, in stead of honour. Drink thou also, till thou slumber withall: for the cup of the LORD's right hand shall compass thee about, and shameful spewing instead of thy worship.
For the wrong that thou hast done in Libanus, shall overwhelm thee, and the wild beasts shall make thee afraid: because of men's blood, and for the wrong done in the land, in the city, and to all such as dwell therein.
What help then will the Image do, whom the workman hath fashioned? Or the vain cast Image, wherein because the craftsmen putteth his trust, therefore maketh he dumb Idols?
Woe unto him, that sayeth unto a piece of wood: arise, and to a dumb stone: stand up. For what instruction may such one give? Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath in it.
But the LORD in his holy temple is he, whom all the world should fear.
A prayer of the prophet Abacuc for the ignoraunce.|ignoraunt|
O LORD,|Lorde| when I heard speak of thee, I was afraid. The work thou hast taken in hand, shalt thou perform in his time, O LORD: and when thy time cometh, thou shalt declare it. In thy very wrath thou thinkest upon mercy.
God cometh from Theman, and the holy one from the mount of Pharan. Sela.
His glory covereth the heavens, and the earth is full of his praise. His shine is as the sun,|sonne| and beams of light go out of his hands, there is his power hid.
Destruction goeth before him, and burning cressettes go from his feet.
He standeth, and measureth the earth. He looketh, and the people consume away, the mountains of the world fall down to powder, and the hills are fain to bow themselves, for his goings are everlasting and sure.
I saw, that the pavilions of the Morians and the tents of the land of Madian were vexed for weariness.
Wast thou not angry, O LORD, in the waters? was not thy wrath in the floods, and thy displeasure in the sea? Yes, when thou satest upon thine horse, and when thy chariots had the victory.
Thou shewdest thy bow openly, like as thou hadst promised with an oath unto the tribes. Selah. Thou didst divide the waters of the earth.
When the mountains saw thee, they were afraid, the water stream went away: the deep made a noise at the lifting up of thine hand.
The Sun|Sonne| and Moon remained still in their habitation. Thine arrows went out glistering, and thy spears as the shine of the lightning.
Thou trodest down the land in thine anger, and didst throshe the Heathen in thy displeasure.
Thou camest forth to help thy people, to help thine anointed. Thou smotest down the head in the house of the ungodly, and discoveredest his foundations, even unto the neck of him. Selah.
Thou cursest his scepters, the captain of his men of war: which come as a stormy wind to scatter me abroad, and are glad when they may eat up the poor secretly.
Thou makest a way for thine horses in the sea, even in the mud of great waters.
When I hear this, my body is vexed, my lips tremble at the voice thereof, my bones corrupt, I am afraid where I stand. O that I might rest in the day of trouble, that I might go up unto our people, which are already prepared.
For the fig trees shall not be green, and the vines shall bear no fruit. The labour of the olive shall be but lost, and the land shall bring no corn: the sheep shall be taken out of the fold, and there shall be no cattle in the stalls.
But as for me, I will be glad in the LORD, and will rejoice in God my Saviour.
The LORD God is my strength, he shall make my feet as the feet of harts: and he which giveth the victory, shall bring me to my high places, singing upon my psalms.

The ende of the Prophecy of Abacuc.