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Habakkuks Bog 1:1-17

Habakkuks frustration og spørgsmål

1Jeg, profeten Habakkuk, modtog en åbenbaring1,1 Eller: „byrde”, et udtryk som ofte bruges om et profetisk budskab. fra Herren i et syn. Jeg havde sagt til ham:

2„Herre, hvor længe skal jeg råbe om hjælp,

før du hører mig?

Hvor længe skal vold og ondskab vare ved,

før du griber ind?

3Hvorfor skal jeg se på al den ondskab?

Hvordan kan du holde ud at se mennesker lide?

Ødelæggelse og vold er daglig kost.

Alle steder er der konflikter og skænderier.

4Loven er sat ud af kraft,

der er ingen retfærdighed mere.

Når gudløsheden tager overhånd,

bliver sandheden undertrykt.”

Herrens svar

5Herren svarede mig:

„I bør lukke øjnene op og se på folkeslagene.

I vil blive forbavsede og stumme af undren.

For jeg gør noget i jeres samtid,

som I ikke vil tro på, når I får det fortalt.

6Jeg vil sende kaldæerne1,6 Kaldæerne nedstammer egentlig fra Kesed, en søn af Nahor, Abrahams bror, men har altid boet i det område, der kaldes Babylonien, og blev således en del af det babyloniske folk. Undertiden bruges ordet synonymt med babylonierne. imod jer,

et hidsigt og hensynsløst folk.

De strejfer omkring over hele jorden

og erobrer fremmede byer og lande.

7De er grusomme og frygtindgydende

og gør lige, hvad der passer dem.

8Deres heste er hurtigere end leoparder,

de kommer farende som ulve i tusmørket.

Deres ryttere kommer galoperende langvejsfra,

de styrtdykker som ørne over deres bytte.

9Alle er de opsat på vold

med beslutsomhed malet i ansigtet.

De tager fanger i massevis,

talløse som havets sand.

10De håner konger

og spotter fyrster.

De ler ad deres fæstningsværker

og løber dem over ende med lethed.

11De farer frem som et stormvejr

og fortsætter videre på deres vej.

Men de gør deres egen styrke til deres gud,

og det er deres største synd.”

Habakkuks indvendinger

12Men Herre, du har været vores Gud fra ældgamle tider.

Du kan da ikke udrydde dit eget folk?

Du vil bruge vores fjender til at straffe os,

men du er stadig vores redning.

13Du er jo en hellig Gud,

som ikke kan tåle, at ondskaben får overhånd.

Hvordan kan du tillade, at gudløse mennesker

tilintetgør dem, som er bedre end dem selv?

14Vi bliver som havets fisk,

som krybdyr uden en anfører.

15Fjenden vil fiske os op med kroge

eller fange os i deres vod.

Når de har fået en stor fangst,

vil de juble over deres bedrift.

16De tilbeder deres vod

og ofrer røgelse til deres net,

for det er deres net, som har gjort dem rige

og givet dem velstand i overflod.

17Herre, hvor længe får de lov at fiske?

Hvor længe får de lov at udrydde andre folkeslag?

New International Reader's Version

Habakkuk 1:1-17

1This is a prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received from the Lord. Here is what Habakkuk said.

Habakkuk Complains to the Lord

2Lord, how long do I have to call out for help?

Why don’t you listen to me?

How long must I keep telling you

that things are terrible?

Why don’t you save us?

3Why do you make me watch while

people treat others so unfairly?

Why do you put up with the wrong things

they are doing?

I have to look at death.

People are harming others.

They are arguing and fighting all the time.

4The law can’t do what it’s supposed to do.

Fairness never comes out on top.

Sinful people surround those

who do what is right.

So people are never treated fairly.

The Lord Replies to Habakkuk

5The Lord replies,

“Look at the nations. Watch them.

Be totally amazed at what you see.

I am going to do something in your days

that you would never believe.

You would not believe it

even if someone told you about it.

6I am going to send the armies of Babylon to attack you.

They are very mean. They move quickly.

They sweep across the whole earth.

They take over homes

that do not belong to them.

7They terrify others.

They do not recognize any laws but their own.

That is how proud they are.

8Their horses are faster than leopards.

They are meaner than wolves at sunset.

Their horsemen charge straight into battle.

They ride in from far away.

They come down like an eagle

diving for its food.

9All of them are ready and willing to destroy others.

Their huge armies advance like a wind out of the desert.

They gather prisoners like sand.

10They mock kings

and make fun of rulers.

They laugh at all the cities

that have high walls around them.

They build dirt ramps against the walls

and capture the cities.

11They sweep past like the wind.

Then they go on their way.

They are guilty.

They worship their own strength.”

Habakkuk Complains to the Lord Again

12Lord, haven’t you existed forever?

You are my holy God.

You will never die.

Lord, you have appointed the Babylonians

to punish your people.

My Rock, you have chosen them to judge us.

13Your eyes are too pure to look at what is evil.

You can’t put up with the wrong things people do.

So why do you put up

with those who can’t be trusted?

The evil Babylonians swallow up

those who are more godly than themselves.

So why are you silent?

14You have made people to be like the fish in the sea.

They are like the sea creatures that don’t have a ruler.

15The evil Babylonians pull all of them up with hooks.

They catch them in their nets.

They gather them up.

So they celebrate.

They are glad.

16They offer sacrifices to their nets.

They burn incense to them.

Their nets allow them to live in great comfort.

They enjoy the finest food.

17Are you going to let them

keep on emptying their nets?

Will they go on destroying nations

without showing them any mercy?