The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
O LORD, how long shall I cry,
a And You will not hear?
Even cry out to You, b "Violence!"
And You will c not save.
Why do You show me iniquity,
And cause me to see trouble?
For plundering and violence are before me;
There is strife, and contention arises.
Therefore the law is powerless,
And justice never goes forth.
For the d wicked surround the righteous;
Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.
Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it, Because it is in the power of their hand.
They covet fields and take them by violence, Also houses, and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, A man and his inheritance.
Micah 3:1 - 3
And I said: "Hear now, O heads of Jacob, And you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice?
Job 21:5 - 16
Look at me and be astonished; Put your hand over your mouth.
Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?