The Lord's Answer

Habakkuk 1

5 g "Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
h For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
6 For behold, i I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
j who march through the breadth of the earth,
k to seize dwellings not their own.
7 They are dreaded and fearsome;
l their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
8 m Their horses are swifter than leopards,
more fierce than n the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
o they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
9 They all come p for violence,
all their faces forward.
They gather captives r like sand.
10 At kings they scoff,
and at rulers they laugh.
s They laugh at every fortress,
for t they pile up earth and take it.
11 Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
u guilty men, v whose own might is their god!"

  1. Cross References
    Acts 13:41
    "'Look, you scoffers, be astounded and perish; for I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.'"
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 28:21
    For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim; as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused; to do his deed - strange is his deed! and to work his work - alien is his work!
    Isaiah 29:14
    Therefore, behold, I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:15
    Behold, I am bringing against you a nation from afar, O house of Israel, declares the Lord. It is an enduring nation; it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say.
  4. Cross References
    Habakkuk 2:5
    "Moreover, wine is a traitor, an arrogant man who is never at rest. His greed is as wide as Sheol; like death he has never enough. He gathers for himself all nations and collects as his own all peoples."
  5. Cross References
    Habakkuk 2:6
    Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, "Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own - for how long? - and loads himself with pledges!
  6. Cross References
    Habakkuk 1:10 - 11
    At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it.
  7. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:13
    Behold, he comes up like clouds; his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles - woe to us, for we are ruined!
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:6
    Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down; a wolf from the desert shall devastate them. A leopard is watching their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.
    Zephaniah 3:3
    Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning.
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:49
    The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand.
  10. Cross References
    Habakkuk 2:17
    The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
  11. Cross References
    Joshua 11:4
    And they came out with all their troops, a great horde, in number like the sand that is on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots.
  12. Cross References
    Nahum 3:12
    All your fortresses are like fig trees with first-ripe figs - if shaken they fall into the mouth of the eater.
  13. Cross References
    Ezekiel 4:2
    And put siegeworks against it, and build a siege wall against it, and cast up a mound against it. Set camps also against it, and plant battering rams against it all around.
  14. Cross References
    Hosea 13:16
    Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.
  15. Cross References
    Habakkuk 1:7
    They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
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