The burden which Habakkuk ye Prophet did see.
2 O Lord, howe long shall I crie, and thou wilt not heare! euen cry out vnto
thee of violence, and thou wilt not saue?
3 Why doest thou shew me iniquity, & cause me to behold grieuance? for
spoiling and violence are before me: & there are that raise vp strife and
4 Therefore the Lawe is slacked, and iudgement doeth neuer goe foorth: for the
wicked doeth compasse about the righteous: therfore wrong iudgement proceedeth.
5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marueilously: for I wil
worke a worke in your daies, which yee will not beleeue, though it be tolde you.
6 For loe, I raise vp the Caldeans, that bitter and hastie nation, which shall
march through the breadth of the land, to possesse the dwelling places that are
7 They are terrible and dreadfull: their iudgement and their dignity shal
proceed of themselues.
8 Their horses also are swifter then the leopards, and are more fierce then the
euening wolues: & their horsemen shall spread themselues, and their horsemen
shall come from farre, they shall flie as the Eagle that hasteth to eate.
9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup vp as the East winde,
and they shall gather the captiuitie as the sand.
10 And they shal scoffe at the Kings, and the Princes shall bee a scorne vnto
them: they shall deride euery strong holde, for they shall heape dust & take
11 Then shall his minde change, and he shall passe ouer, and offend, imputing
this his power vnto his God.
12 Art thou not from euerlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy one? we shall not
die: O Lord, thou hast ordained them for iudgement, and O mightie God, thou hast
established them for correction.
13 Thou art of purer eyes then to beholde euill, and canst not looke on
ininquitie: wherefore lookest thou vpon them that deale treacherously, and
holdest thy tongue when the wicked deuoureth the man that is more righteous then
14 And makest men as the fishes of the Sea, as the creeping things, that haue no
ruler ouer them.
15 They take vp all of them with the angle: they catch them in their net, and
gather them in their dragge; therefore they reioyce and are glad.
16 Therefore they sacrifice vnto their net, and burne incense vnto their drag:
because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.
17 Shall they therefore emptie their net, and not spare continually to slay the
1 I will stand vpon my watch, & set mee vpon the towre, and will watch to
see what he will say vnto me, and what I shall answere when I am reproued.
2 And the Lord answered me and said, write the vision, and make it plaine vpon
tables, that he may runne that readeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the the end it shall
speak, and not lie: though it tary, wait for it, because it will surely come, it
wil not tary.
4 Behold, his soule which is lifted vp, is not vpright in him; but the iust
shall liue by his faith.
5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth
at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be
satisfied, but gathereth vnto him all nations, & heapeth vnto him all
6 Shal not all these take vp a parable against him, and a tanting prouerbe
against him, and say; Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his: how
long? And to him that ladeth himselfe with thicke clay.
7 Shall they not rise vp suddenly that shall bite thee? And awake, that shall
vexe thee? And thou shalt be for booties vnto them?
8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shal
spoile thee: because of mens blood, and for the violence of the land, of the
citie, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that coueteth an euill couetousnesse to his house, that he may set
his nest on high, that hee may be deliuered from the power of euill.
10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house, by cutting off many people, and hast
sinned against thy soule.
11 For the stone shall crie out of the wall, and the beame out of the timber
shall answere it.
12 Woe to him that buildeth a towne with blood, and stablisheth a citie by
13 Behold, is it not of the Lord of hostes, that the people shall labour in the
very fire, and the people shal wearie themselues for very vanitie?
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as
the waters couer the Sea.
15 Woe vnto him that giueth his neighbour drinke: that puttest thy bottell to
him, and makest him drunken also; that thou mayest looke on their nakednesse.
16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drinke thou also, and let thy foreskin
bee vncouered: the cup of the Lords right hand shall be turned vnto thee, and
shamefull spewing shalbe on thy glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall couer thee: and the spoile of beasts, which
made them afraide, because of mens blood, and for the violence of the land, of
the city, & of al that dwel therin.
18 What profiteth the grauen image, that the maker thereof hath grauen it; the
molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his worke, trusteth
therin, to make dumbe idoles.
19 Woe vnto him that saith to the wood, Awake: to the dumbe stone, Arise, it
shall teach: behold, it is layed ouer with gold and siluer, and there is no
breath at all in the middest of it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keepe silence before
1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet vpon Sigionoth.
2 O Lord, I haue heard thy speach, and was afraide: O Lord, reuiue thy worke in
the midst of the yeeres, in the midst of the yeeres make knowen; in wrath
3 God came from Teman, and the holy on from mount Paran Selah. His glory couered
the heauens and the earth was full of his praise.
4 And his brightnesse was as the light: he had hornes comming out of his hand,
and there was the hiding of his power:
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coales went forth at his feete.
6 He stood and measured the earth: hee beheld and droue asunder the nations, and
the euerlasting mountaines were scattered, the perpetuall hilles did bowe: his
wayes are euerlasting.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtaines of the land of
Midian did tremble.
8 Was the Lord displeased against the riuers? was thine anger against the riuers?
was thy wrath against the Sea, that thou didst ride vpon thine horses, and thy
charets of saluation?
9 Thy bow was made quite naked according to the oathes of the tribes, euen thy
word. Selah. Thou didst cleaue the earth with riuers.
10 The mountaines sawe thee, and they trembled: the ouerflowing of the water
passed by: the deepe vttered his voyce, and lift vp his hands on high.
11 The Sunne and Moone stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine
arrowes they went, and at the shining of thy glittering speare.
12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the
heathen in anger.
13 Thou wentest forth for the saluation of thy people, euen for saluation with
thine Anointed, thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by
discouering the foundation vnto the necke. Selah.
14 Thou didst strike through with his staues the head of his villages: they came
out as a whirle-winde to scatter me: their reioycing was as to deuoure the poore
15 Thou didst walke through the Sea with thine horses, through the heape of
16 When I heard, my belly trembled: my lips quiuered at the voice: rottennesse
entred into my bones, and I trembled in my selfe, that I might rest in the day
of trouble: when hee commeth vp vnto the people, he wil inuade them with his
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossome, neither shall fruite bee in the
vines: the labour of the Oliue shall faile, and the fields shal yeeld no meat,
the flocke shall be cut off from the folde, and there shalbe no heard in the
18 Yet I will reioyce in the Lord: I will ioy in the God of my saluation.
19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hindes feet, and
he will make me to walke vpon mine high places. To the chiefe singer on my