But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
but you do not come to save.
Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
who love to argue and fight.
and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
so that justice has become perverted.
The LORD’s Reply
5 The LORD replied,
“Look around at the nations;
look and be amazed!a
For I am doing something in your own day,
something you wouldn’t believe
even if someone told you about it.
a cruel and violent people.
They will march across the world
and conquer other lands.
and do whatever they like.
and fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their charioteers charge from far away.
Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.
Their hordes advance like a desert wind,
sweeping captives ahead of them like sand.
and scorn all their fortresses.
They simply pile ramps of earth
against their walls and capture them!
and are gone.
But they are deeply guilty,
for their own strength is their god.”
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
surely you do not plan to wipe us out?
O LORD, our Rock, you have sent these Babylonians to correct us,
to punish us for our many sins.
Will you wink at their treachery?
Should you be silent while the wicked
swallow up people more righteous than they?
Are we only sea creatures that have no leader?
and caught in their nets while they rejoice and celebrate?
and burn incense in front of them.
“These nets are the gods who have made us rich!”
they will claim.
Will they succeed forever in their heartless conquests?
Habakkuk, 1 chapter. New Living Translation.