a The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.
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?
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.
e So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
f For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
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An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
How long, O Lord ? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
How long, O Lord ? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?
Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
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.
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
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.
Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
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?