This is şe heuy burthen, which the Prophet Abacuk dyd se.
2 O Lorde, how longe shall I crie, & thou wylt not heare? How longe shall I
complayne vnto the, suffrynge wronge, & şu wylt not helpe?
3 Why lettest şu me se werynesse and laboure? Tyranny & violence are before
me, power ouergoeth right:
4 for şe lawe is toarne in peces, & there can not right iudgement go forth
And why? the vngodly is more set by then the ryghtuous: this is şe cause, that
wronge iudgement procedeth.
5 Beholde, amonge the Heathen, and loke well, wondre at it, and be abashed: for
I wyll do a thynge in your tyme, whych though it be tolde you, ye shall not
6 For lo, I wil rayse vp the Caldees, that bitter and swyfte people: which shall
go as wyde as şe land is, to take possession of dwelling places, şt be not
7 A grymme and boysterous people is it, these shall sit in iudgement &
8 Their horses are swyfter then the cattes of the mountayne, & byte sorer
then şe wolues in the euening. Their horsemen come by greate heapes from farre,
they fle hastely to deuour as şe Aegle.
9 They come all to spoyle: out of them commeth an east wynde, whych bloweth and
gathereth their captiues, lyke as the sande.
10 They shal mocke şe kynges, and laughe the princes to scorne. They shall not
set by eny stronge holde, for they shall laye ordinaunce agaynst it, and take
11 Then shall they take a fresh corage vnto them, to go forth & to do more
euel, and so ascribe the power vnto their God.
12 But thou O Lorde my God my holy one, thou art from the begynninge, therfore
shal we not dye. O Lord, thou hast ordened them for a punishement, and sett them
to reproue the myghtye.
13 Thyne eyes are clene, thou mayest not se euel, thou canst not beholde, şe
thinge that is wycked. Wherfore then dost thou loke vpon şe vngodly, and
holdest thy tunge, when the wycked deuoureth the man şt is better then him
14 Thou makest men as the fishe in the see, and lyke as şe crepyng beastes,
that haue no gyde,
15 they take vp all with their angle, they catch it in their net, & gather
it in their yarne: wherof they reioice and are glad.
16 Therfore offre they vnto their net, & do sacrifice vnto their yarne:
because that thorowe it their porcyon is become so fat, & their meate so
17 Wherfore, they cast out their net agayne, & neuer cease to slaye the
I stode vpon my watch, & set me vpon my bulworcke, to loke and se what he
wolde saye vnto me, and what answere I shulde geue him that reproued me.
2 But the Lord answered me, & sayde: Wryte the vision playnely vpon thy
tables, that who so commeth by, maye rede it
3 for the vision is yet farre of for a tyme, but at the last it shal come to
passe, & not fayle. And though he tary, yet wayte thou for him, for in very
dede he will come, & not be slacke.
4 Beholde, the vnrighteouse thinketh him selfe in sauegarde as in a strong holde:
but şe iust shal lyue by his fayth.
5 Lyke as şe wyne disceaueth the dronckarde, euen so şe proude shall fayle and
not endure. He openeth his desire wyde vp as the hel, & is as vnsaciable as
death. All Heathen gathereth he to hym, and heapeth vnto him all people.
6 But shall not all these take vp a prouerbe agaynst him, & mocke him with a
byworde, & saye: Wo vnto him that heapeth vp other mens goodes? How longe
will he lade hym selfe with thicke claye?
7 O how sodenly wyll they stande vp, that shal byte, & awake, that shal
teare şe in peces? yee, thou shalt be their praye?
8 Seinge şu hast spoyled many Heathen, therfore shal the remnaunt of the people
spoyle the: because of mens bloude, & for the wronge done in the lande, in
the citye and vnto all them that dwell therin.
9 Wo vnto him, that couetously gathereth euell gotten goodes into his house:
that he maye set hys nest an hye, to escape from şe power of misfortune.
10 Thou hast deuysed the shame of thine awne house, for thou hast slayne to moch
people, and hast wilfully offended:
11 so that the very stones of the wall shal crie out of it, and the tymbre that
lyeth betwyxte the ioyntes of the buylding shall answere.
12 Wo vnto him, that buyldeth the towne with bloude, & maynteneth the citye
13 Shall not the Lord of hostes bringe this to passe, that the labourers of the
people shal be brent with a greate fyre, & that the thinge wher vpon the
people haue weeried them selues, shalbe lost?
14 For şe earth shalbe full of knowledge of şe Lordes honoure, lyke as the
waters şt couer the see.
15 Wo vnto him that geueth his neyghboure dryncke, puttynge in gall and makyng
him droncken, that he maye se hys preuytees.
16 Therfore with shame shalt thou be filled, in steade of honoure. Dryncke thou
also, tyll thou stombre with all: for the cuppe of the Lordes right hande shall
compasse the aboute, and shamefull spewing in steade of thy worshype.
17 For the wronge that şu hast done in Libanus, shall ouerwhelme the, and the
wilde beastes shal make the afrayed: because of mens bloud, & for the wronge
done in the lande, in the citie, and vnto all soch as dwell therin.
18 What helpe then will şe ymage do, whom the worckman hath fashioned? Or şe
vayne cast ymage, wherin because the craftesman putteth his trust, therfore
maketh he domme Idols?
19 Wo vnto hym, that sayeth to a pece of wod: aryse, & to a domme stone:
stande vp. For what instruccyon maye soch one geue? Beholde it is layed ouer
with gold & syluer and there is no breth in it.
20 But the Lorde in his holy temple is he: whom all the worlde shulde feare.
2 O Lorde, when I herde speake of şe, I was afrayed. The worcke that thou hast
taken in hande, shalt thou perfourme in his tyme, O Lord & when thy tyme
commeth, thou shalt declare it. In thy very wrath şu thinckest vpon mercy.
3 God commeth from Theman, & the holy one from the mount of Pharan. Selah.
4 His glory couereth şe heauens, & the earth is full of his prayse. His
shine is as şe sunne, and beames of lyght go out of hys handes, there is his
5 Destruccyon goeth before hym, & a pestilent sycknesse go from his fete.
6 He standeth, & measureth şe earth He loketh, & the people consume
awaye, the mountaynes of şe worlde fal downe to poulder, & şe hilles are
fayne to bowe them selues, for his goinges are euerlastynge and sure.
7 I sawe, that the pauilyons of the Morians & the tentes of şe land of
Madian were vexed for werynesse.
8 Wast thou not angrie O Lord, in the waters? was not thy wrath in the floudes,
& thy displeasure in şe see? yes when thou sattest vpon thine horse, &
when thy charetes had şe victory.
9 Thou shewedst thy bowe openly, lyke as thou haddest promysed wt an othe vnto
the trybes. Selah. Thou dydest deuyde şe waters of şe earth.
10 When the mountaines sawe the, they were afrayed, the water streame wente
awaye: the depe made a noyse at the lyftinge vp of thyne hand.
11 The Sunne & Moone remayned styll in their habitacyon. Thyne arowes wente
out glisterynge, and thy speares as şe shyne of the lyghtenyng.
12 Thou trodest downe the land in thyne anger, and dydest throshe şe Heathen in
13 Thou camest forth to helpe thy people, to helpe thine anointed. Thou smotest
downe şe head the house of şe vngodly, & discoueredest hys foundacions,
euen vnto şe necke of him. Selah.
14 Thou dydest stryke thorow wt his scepter the heades of his playne people:
which come as a stormy wynd to scatre me abrode, & are glad when they maye
eat vp şe poore secretly
15 Thou makest awaye for thine horses in the see, euen in şe mudde of great
16 When I heare this, my body is vexed, my lyppes tremble at şe voyce therof,
my bones corrupte, I am afraied where I stande. O şt I myght rest in the daye
of trouble, şt I myght go vp vnto our people, which are alredy prepared.
17 For the fygg trees shal not be grene: & the vynes shal beare no frute.
The laboure of şe olyue shalbe but lost, & the lande shall bring no corne:
şe shepe shalbe taken out of şe folde, and there shalbe no catel in the
18 But as for me, I wyll be glad in the Lorde, and will reioyce in God my
19 The Lord God is my strength, he shal make my fete as the fete of hertes:
& he which geueth the victory, shal bring me to my hye places synginge vpon