1Eyi ne asɛm a odiyifo Habakuk nya fii Awurade nkyɛn wɔ anisoadehu mu.
2Awurade, enkosi da bɛn na memfrɛ nsrɛ mmoa,
nanso wuntie me?
Meteɛ mu frɛ, “Akakabensɛm!”
nanso womma mmegye me.
3Adɛn na woma mehwɛ ntɛnkyew?
Adɛn nti na wotena bɔne ho?
Ɔsɛe ne akakabensɛm da mʼanim,
basabasayɛ ne abɛbrɛsɛ atwa me ho ahyia.
4Enti mmara nyɛ adwuma
na atɛntrenee nni baabiara,
atirimɔdenfo aka atreneefo ahyɛ,
enti wɔkyea atemmu.
5“Hwɛ aman no,
na wo ho bedwiriw wo!
Merebɛyɛ biribi wɔ wo bere so,
na sɛ wɔka kyerɛ wo a,
6Merema Babiloniafo asɔre,
ɔman a wɔyɛ atirimɔdenfo ne ntɔkwapɛfo;
wobu fa asase nyinaa so,
na wɔfa tenabea a ɛnyɛ wɔn de.
7Wɔn ho yɛ hu na nnipa suro wɔn;
wɔyɛ wɔn koko so ade,
de pɛ anuonyam ma wɔn ho.
8Wɔn apɔnkɔ ho yɛ hare sen asebɔ,
na wɔn ho yɛ hu sen pataku a ɔnam anadwo,
wɔn apɔnkɔsotefo kɔ wɔn anim mmarima so,
wofi akyirikyiri nsase so,
na wɔbɔ hoo sɛ akorɔma a ɔrekɔkyere aboa.
9Wɔn nyinaa ba sɛ wɔrebɛyɛ basabasayɛ.
Wɔn dɔm pem kɔ wɔn anim te sɛ nweatam so mframa,
na wɔtase nneduafo sɛ nwea.
10Wodi ahene ho fɛw,
wɔka aman sodifo anim,
na wɔtwee nkuropɔn a ɛwɔ bammɔ dennen.
Wosisi dɔte mpie nam so kyekyere atamfo.
11Wɔbɔ hoo te sɛ mframa kɔ wɔn anim.
Afɔdifo a wɔn ahoɔden yɛ wɔn nyame.”
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12Awurade, wunni hɔ fi tete ana?
Me Nyankopɔn, me Kronkronni, wo a wote ase daa.
Wo, Awurade, woapaw wɔn sɛ wommu atɛn;
wo, me Botantim, woahyɛ wɔn sɛ wɔntwe aso.
13Wʼaniwa yɛ kronkron a wuntumi nhwɛ nnebɔne;
wunnyigye nnebɔne so.
Na adɛn nti na wugyigye nnipa akɔntɔnkye so,
na dɛn nti na wayɛ komm wɔ bere a
atirimɔdenfo rememene atreneefo?
14Woama nnipa ayɛ sɛ nsumnam a ɛwɔ po mu,
te sɛ abɔde a ɛwɔ po mu a wonni sodifo.
15Ɔtamfo tirimɔdenfo no de darewa yi wɔn,
ogu nʼasau de buma wɔn,
na afei ɔsɛpɛw ne ho ma nʼani gye.
16Ne saa nti ɔbɔ afɔre ma nʼasau
na wahyew aduhuam ama no,
efisɛ asau yi so na ɔnam nya yiyedi,
na odi nʼakɔnnɔ aduan.
17Enti ɔnkɔ so nni nʼasau mu nam,
na ɔmfa atirimɔden nsɛe aman ana?
1The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 2O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 4Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.1.4 wrong: or, wrested
5¶ Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. 6For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.1.6 breadth: Heb. breadths 7They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.1.7 their judgment…: or, from them shall proceed the judgment of these, and the captivity of these 8Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.1.8 fierce: Heb. sharp 9They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.1.9 their…: or, the supping up of their faces, etc: or, their faces shall look (Heb. the opposition of their faces) toward the east 10And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 11Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.
12¶ Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction.1.12 mighty…: Heb. rock1.12 established: Heb. founded 13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?1.13 iniquity: or, grievance 14And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?1.14 creeping: or, moving 15They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.1.15 drag: or, flue net 16Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.1.16 plenteous: or, dainty: Heb. fat 17Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?