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The sword shall cut thee off,
It shall devour thee like the canker-worm;
Make thyself many as the canker-worm,
Make thyself many as the locust.
16Thou hast multiplied thy merchants
Above the stars of heaven;
The canker-worm spreadeth itself, and flieth away.
17Thy crowned are as the locusts,
And thy marshals as the swarms of grasshoppers,
Which camp in the walls in the cold day,
But when the sun ariseth they flee away,
And their place is not known where they are.
18Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria,
Thy worthies are at rest;
Thy people are scattered upon the mountains,
And there is none to gather them.
19There is no assuaging of thy hurt,
Thy wound is grievous;
All that hear the report of thee
Clap the hands over thee;
For upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?



1The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

2How long, O Lord, shall I cry,
And Thou wilt not hear?
I cry out unto Thee of violence,
And Thou wilt not save.
3Why dost Thou show me iniquity,
And beholdest mischief?
And why are spoiling and violence before me?
So that there is strife, and contention ariseth.
4Therefore the law is slacked,
And right doth never go forth;
For the wicked doth beset the righteous;
Therefore right goeth forth perverted.
5Look ye among the nations, and behold,
And wonder marvellously;
For, behold, a work shall be wrought in your days,
Which ye will not believe though it be told you.
6For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans,
That bitter and impetuous nation,
That march through the breadth of the earth,
To possess dwelling-places that are not theirs.
7They are terrible and dreadful;
Their law and their majesty proceed from themselves.
8Their horses also are swifter than leopards,
And are more fierce than the wolves of the desert;
And their horsemen spread themselves;
Yea, their horsemen come from far,
They fly as a vulture that hasteth to devour.
9They come all of them for violence;