Habakkuk's Complaint

Habakkuk 1

1 a The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

2 O Lord, b how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you c "Violence!"
and you will not save?
3 d Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction c and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
4 e So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
f For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.

  1. Cross References
    Nahum 1:1
    An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 13:1
    How long, O Lord ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
    Psalms 89:46
    How long, O Lord ? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?
  3. Cross References
    Micah 6:12
    Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
  4. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:2 - 6
    Oh that I had in the desert a travelers' lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! For they are all adulterers, a company of treacherous men.
  5. Cross References
    Habakkuk 1:2
    O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
  6. Cross References
    Micah 7:3
    Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together.
  7. Cross References
    Job 21:7
    Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
    Jeremiah 12:1
    Righteous are you, O Lord, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
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