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B. Jehovah's answer to the prophet 2:1-13
Hab. 2 :1 2:1 I will stand at my awatch
And station myself on the fortress,
And I will watch to see what He will bspeak to me
And what I will reply concerning my complaint.
Hab. 2 :2 2:2 Then Jehovah answered and said,
aWrite the 1vision, and render it plainly upon tablets,
2That even he who runs by may read it.
Hab. 2 :3 2:3 For the vision is yet for the aappointed time,
And it hastens toward the end and will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will surely bcome; it will not delay.
Hab. 2 :4 2:4 See, he who is puffed up, his soul is not upright within him,
1But athe righteous one will 2live by his faith.
1. (Five woes to the Chaldeans) vv. 5-20
Hab. 2 :5 2:5 Furthermore his wine is treacherous:
A boasting man, he does not abide at home,
He who enlarges his appetite like 1Sheol,
And is like death and cannot be satisfied,
But gathers to himself all the nations
And collects for himself all the peoples.
Hab. 2 :6 2:6 Will not all of these take up a parable against him,
Indeed a mocking song and a riddle against him, and say,
Woe to him who increases what is not his (For how long?)
And who loads himself with the burden of pledges?
Hab. 2 :7 2:7 Will not those who bite you rise up suddenly,
And those who shake you awake,
And you will become booty to them?
Hab. 2 :8 2:8 Because you have aplundered many nations;
All the remnant of the peoples will 1plunder you,
Because of the bloodshed of men and the violence done to the land,
To the city, and to all the inhabitants in it.
Hab. 2 :9 2:9 Woe to him who by violence takes evil gain for his house,
So as to place his nest on high
That he may be delivered from the hand of evil!
Hab. 2 :10 2:10 You have devised shame against your own house
By cutting off many peoples,
And have sinned against your own soul.
Hab. 2 :11 2:11 For the astone will cry out from the wall,
And the rafter will answer from the timber.
Hab. 2 :12 2:12 aWoe to him who builds a city by bloodshed
And establishes a town by iniquity!
Hab. 2 :13 2:13 Indeed is it not of Jehovah of hosts
That the peoples toil for the afire
And the nations weary themselves for vanity?
Hab. 2 :14 2:14 For the aearth will be 1filled
With the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah
As water covers the sea.
Hab. 2 :15 2:15 Woe to him who makes his neighbor drink,
Adding in 1his poison,
And also making him drunk
In order to look at their nakedness!
Hab. 2 :16 2:16 You are sated with shame, not glory.
You also, drink and be shown to be uncircumcised!
The acup of Jehovah’s right hand will come around to you,
And disgrace will be upon your glory.
Hab. 2 :17 2:17 For the violence done to Lebanon will cover you,
As well as the destruction of the beasts which frightened them,
Because of the bloodshed of men and the violence done to the land,
To the city, and to all the inhabitants in it.
Hab. 2 :18 2:18 What profit is the graven aidol that its maker should engrave it,
Or the molten idol, even the teacher of lies,
That he who forms its form depends on it
To make dumb idols?
Hab. 2 :19 2:19 Woe to him who says to wood, Awake!
And, Arise! to silent stone.
Will it teach him?
Behold, it is set in gold and silver,
And there is no breath at all within it.
Hab. 2 :20 2:20 But Jehovah is in His holy atemple:
Be bsilent before Him, all the earth!
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