1Yei ne asɛm a odiyifoɔ Habakuk nya firii Awurade nkyɛn wɔ anisoadehunu mu.
2Ao, Awurade, memfrɛ mmisa mmoa nkɔsi da bɛn,
a nso wontie me?
Meteam mefrɛ wo, akakabensɛm enti,
nanso womma mmɛgye me.
3Adɛn na woma mehwɛ ntɛnkyea?
Adɛn enti na wotena bɔne ho?
Ɔsɛeɛ ne akakabensɛm da mʼanim,
basabasayɛ ne abɛbrɛsɛ atwa me ahyia.
4Enti, mmara nyɛ adwuma
na atɛntenenee nni baabiara,
atirimuɔdenfoɔ aka ateneneefoɔ ahyɛ,
enti wɔkyea atemmuo.
5“Momma ɛnyɛ mo nwanwa,
na mo ho nnwiri mo!
Merebɛyɛ biribi wɔ mo berɛ so,
na sɛ obi ka kyerɛ mo a,
6Mema Babiloniafoɔ asɔre,
ɔman a wɔyɛ atirimuɔdenfoɔ ne ntɔkwapɛfoɔ;
wɔbufa asase nyinaa so,
na wɔfa tenabea a ɛnyɛ wɔn dea.
7Wɔn ho yɛ hu na nnipa suro wɔn;
wɔyɛ wɔn bo so adeɛ,
de pɛ animuonyam ma wɔn ho.
8Wɔn apɔnkɔ ho yɛ herɛ sene asebɔ,
na wɔn ho yɛ hu sene pataku a ɔnam anadwo,
wɔn apɔnkɔsotefoɔ kɔ wɔn anim mmarima so,
wɔfiri akyirikyiri nsase so,
na wɔto hoo sɛ akroma a ɔrekɔkye aboa.
9Wɔn nyinaa ba sɛ wɔrebɛyɛ basabasayɛ.
Wɔn dɔm pem kɔ wɔn anim te sɛ anweatam so mframa,
na wɔtase nneduafoɔ sɛ anwea.
wɔdi aman sodifoɔ ho fɛw,
na wɔtwee nkuropɔn ho banbɔ denden.
Wɔsisi dɔteɛ epie nam so kyekyere atamfoɔ.
11Wɔbɔ hoo te sɛ mframa kɔ wɔn anim.
Afɔdifoɔ a wɔn ahoɔden yɛ wɔn nyame.”
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12Ao, Awurade, wonni hɔ firi tete anaa?
Me Onyankopɔn, me Kronkronni, wo a wote ase daa.
Ao, Awurade, woapa wɔn sɛ wɔmmu atɛn;
Ao Ɔbotantim, woahyɛ wɔn sɛ wɔntwe aso.
13Wʼaniwa yɛ kronkron, a wontumi nhwɛ nnebɔne;
wonnyegye bɔne so.
Na ɛdeɛn enti na wogyegye nnipa kɔntɔnkye so,
na ɛdeɛn enti na wayɛ komm wɔ ɛberɛ a
atirimuɔdenfoɔ remene ateneneefoɔ?
14Woama nnipa ayɛ sɛ nsuomnam a ɛwɔ ɛpo mu,
te sɛ abɔdeɛ a ɛwɔ ɛpo mu a wonni sodifoɔ.
15Ɔtamfoɔ tirimuɔdenfoɔ no de darewa yi wɔn,
ɔgu nʼasau de buma wɔn,
na afei ɔsɛpɛ ne ho ma nʼani gye.
16Ne saa enti ɔbɔ afɔdeɛ ma nʼasau
na wahye aduhwam ama no,
ɛfiri sɛ asau yi so na ɔnam nya ateyie,
na ɔdi nʼakɔnnɔ aduane.
17Enti ɔnkɔ so nni nʼasau mu nam,
na ɔmfa atirimuɔden nsɛe aman anaa?
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?