2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
5 “Look among the nations, and see;
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.
their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
all their faces forward.
They gather captives like sand.
and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they pile up earth and take it.
guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
12 Are you not from everlasting,
O Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment,
and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
and cannot look at wrong,
why do you idly look at traitors
and remain silent when the wicked swallows up
the man more righteous than he?
like crawling things that have no ruler.
he drags them out with his net;
he gathers them in his dragnet;
so he rejoices and is glad.
and makes offerings to his dragnet;
for by them he lives in luxury,b
and his food is rich.
and mercilessly killing nations forever?
Habakkuk, 1 chapter. English Standard Version.