- 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;