The Message

Habakkuk 1

Justice Is a Joke

11-4 The problem as God gave Habakkuk to see it:

God, how long do I have to cry out for help
    before you listen?
How many times do I have to yell, “Help! Murder! Police!”
    before you come to the rescue?
Why do you force me to look at evil,
    stare trouble in the face day after day?
Anarchy and violence break out,
    quarrels and fights all over the place.
Law and order fall to pieces.
    Justice is a joke.
The wicked have the righteous hamstrung
    and stand justice on its head.

God Says, “Look!”

5-11 “Look around at the godless nations.
    Look long and hard. Brace yourself for a shock.
Something’s about to take place
    and you’re going to find it hard to believe.
I’m about to raise up Babylonians to punish you,
    Babylonians, fierce and ferocious—
World-conquering Babylon,
    grabbing up nations right and left,
A dreadful and terrible people,
    making up its own rules as it goes.
Their horses run like the wind,
    attack like bloodthirsty wolves.
A stampede of galloping horses
    thunders out of nowhere.
They descend like vultures
    circling in on carrion.
They’re out to kill. Death is on their minds.
    They collect victims like squirrels gathering nuts.
They mock kings,
    poke fun at generals,
Spit on forts,
    and leave them in the dust.
They’ll all be blown away by the wind.
    Brazen in sin, they call strength their god.”

Why Is God Silent Now?

12-13 God, you’re from eternity, aren’t you?
    Holy God, we aren’t going to die, are we?
God, you chose Babylonians for your judgment work?
    Rock-Solid God, you gave them the job of discipline?
But you can’t be serious!
    You can’t condone evil!
So why don’t you do something about this?
    Why are you silent now?
This outrage! Evil men swallow up the righteous
    and you stand around and watch!

14-16 You’re treating men and women
    as so many fish in the ocean,
Swimming without direction,
    swimming but not getting anywhere.
Then this evil Babylonian arrives and goes fishing.
    He pulls in a good catch.
He catches his limit and fills his creel—
    a good day of fishing! He’s happy!
He praises his rod and reel,
    piles his fishing gear on an altar and worships it!
It’s made his day,
    and he’s going to eat well tonight!

17 Are you going to let this go on and on?
    Will you let this Babylonian fisherman
Fish like a weekend angler,
    killing people as if they’re nothing but fish?

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

Kaabakuuku 1

1Buno bwe bubaka bwa Mukama, Kaabakuuku nnabbi bwe yafuna.

Kaabakuuku yeemulugunya olw’Obutali Bwenkanya

Ayi Mukama, ndituusa ddi okukukaabirira
    naye nga tompuliriza?
Lwaki nkukaabirira nti, “Ebikolwa eby’obukambwe bimpitiriddeko,”
    naye n’otonnyamba?
Lwaki ondaga obutali bwenkanya
    era lwaki ogumiikiriza obukyamu?
Kubanga okuzikiriza n’ebikolwa eby’obukambwe biri mu maaso gange,
    empaka n’ennyombo byeyongede.
Amateeka kyegavudde gatagonderwa
    era n’obwenkanya ne butakolebwa.
Ababi be basinga abatuukirivu obungi era babeebunguludde,
    n’obwenkanya ne bulinnyirirwa.

Okuddamu kwa Mukama

“Mutunuulire amawanga, mwetegereze. Mwewuunyize ddala nnyo.
Kubanga ŋŋenda kukola omulimu mu nnaku zammwe
    gwe mutalikkiriza
    newaakubadde nga mugubuuliddwa.
Kubanga laba, nkuyimusiza Abakaludaaya,
    eggwanga eryo eririna ettima era ekkambwe,
ababunye ensi eno n’eri
    nga bawamba amawanga agatali gaabwe.
Ba ntiisa, batiibwa,
    be beetekera amateeka gaabwe era be bagassa mu nkola,
    nga balwanirira ekitiibwa kyabwe.
Embalaasi zaabwe zidduka okukira engo,
    era mu bukambwe zikira emisege egy’ekiro.
Abasajja abeebagala embalaasi bava mu nsi ey’ewala
    era bajja beesaasaanyizza
ne banguwa okutuuka ng’ensega bw’erumba ky’eneerya.
    Bajja n’eryanyi bonna,
ebibinja byabwe birumba ng’embuyaga ey’omu ddungu;
    ne balyoka bayoola abawambe abangi ng’omusenyu.
10 Weewaawo, basekerera bakabaka
    ne baduulira n’abakungu.
Basekerera buli kibuga ekiriko ekigo
    ne bakituumako ebifunfugu ne balinnyira okwo, ne bakiwamba.
11 Awo ne bayita nga bakunta ng’embuyaga;
    abantu bano omusango be gwasinga, eryanyi lyabwe ye katonda waabwe.”

Kaabakuuku Yeemulugunya Ogwokubiri

12 Ayi Mukama toli wa mirembe na mirembe,
    ggwe Mukama Katonda wange, si ggwe Mutukuvu wange? Tetulifa.
Ayi Mukama ggwe wabateekawo n’obawa amaanyi batusalire emisango.
    Era ggwe Olwazi, wabateekawo kubonereza.
13 Amaaso go gajjudde obulongoofu tegatunula ku kibi,
    so toyinza kugumiikiriza bukyamu.
Kale lwaki ggwe ogumiikiriza ab’enkwe,
    n’osirika ng’omubi amalirawo ddala
    omuntu amusinga obutuukirivu?
14 Kubanga abantu obafudde ng’ebyennyanja eby’omu nnyanja,
    ng’ebitonde eby’omu nnyanja ebitaliiko abifuga.
15 Omulabe omubi abakwata bonna ng’eddobo,
    oluusi n’abawalula mu katimba ke,
n’abakuŋŋaanya mu kiragala kye
    n’alyoka asanyuka n’ajaguza.
16 Kyava awaayo ssaddaaka eri akatimba ke
    n’ayotereza n’ekiragala kye obubaane;
akatimba ke kamuwa obulamu obw’okwejalabya,
    n’alya emmere ey’ekigagga.
17 Kale, bwe batyo bwe banaalekebwa okutikkula obutimba bwabwe,
    n’okusaanyaawo amawanga awatali kusaasira?